Research cluster: Mobility of the Highly Skilled

Start of the project: 01-Jul-2016

As national economies increasingly focus on high-tech innovation processes and national societies become globalised, the mobility of highly skilled people has become a central topic in political and scientific discourse. This has prompted DZHW to launch a research cluster on the Mobility of the Highly Skilled.

The target groups are individuals holding a higher education entry qualification, students and higher education graduates. The cluster examines conducive and inhibiting factors as well as effects of the mobility of highly skilled people on three analytical levels. On a micro level, the main focus is on the role of individual-level determinants and career-related effects. The meso level focuses on the role of specific working environments and partnership constellations, and on the impact of mobility on both sending and receiving institutions. At the macro level, the moderating role of country-specific contexts and the effects on national economies are taken into account. The overall aim is to contribute to theory building and methodological development within the research field. Another objective is to discuss the practical implications (e.g. for the design of data collection instruments) of investigating a target group that is hard to capture with traditional survey tools that largely operate within the boundaries of single countries or regions.

Both DZHW and external scientists are involved in the cluster.

The first workshop of the research cluster took place on the 11th May 2017 in Hannover. You may download the programme here.


Presenters of the first workshop of the research cluster on "Empirical research on international student mobility: Status quo and ways forward". From left to right: Nicolai Netz, Giorgio Di Pietro, Eva Vögtle, Christof van Mol, Julia Zimmermann, Knut Petzold, Monika Jungbauer-Gans.

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Publications

Why do graduates who spent part of their studies abroad get higher wages? Evidence from Germany.

Netz, N., & Kratz, F. (2018).
Why do graduates who spent part of their studies abroad get higher wages? Evidence from Germany. In Rybińska, A., & Şenyuva, Ö. (Hrsg.), Evidence-based policy in Erasmus+ (S. 46–47). Warsaw: Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE).

Transfer of formal knowledge through international scientific mobility - introduction of a network-based bibliometric method.

Aman, V. (2018).
Transfer of formal knowledge through international scientific mobility - introduction of a network-based bibliometric method. In STI 2018 Conference Proceedings (S.545-552). Leiden, The Netherlands: Leiden University.
ISBN 978-90-9031204-0

A new bibliometric approach to measure knowledge transfer of internationally mobile scientists.

Aman, V. (2018).
A new bibliometric approach to measure knowledge transfer of internationally mobile scientists. Scientometrics, Volume 117, Issue 1, 227–247.
Abstract

This study introduces a new bibliometric approach to study the effects of international scientific mobility on knowledge transfer. It is based on an analysis of internationally mobile and non-internationally mobile German scientists publishing in journals that are indexed in Scopus. Using bibliometric data such co-authored articles, references and lexical abstract terms from the Scopus database, a method is presented that is based on cosine similarity to measure the similarity of the knowledge base of authors and their co-authors. This quantifiable method is capable of revealing potential knowledge transfer between internationally mobile scientists and different types of co-authors.

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Presentations

Heterogeneous effects of studying abroad: A short introduction.

Netz, N. (2018, Oktober).
Heterogeneous effects of studying abroad: A short introduction. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Heterogeneous Effects of Studying Abroad" des DZHW-Forschungsclusters "Mobilität von Hochqualifizierten", DZHW, Hannover.

Does international student mobility increase social inequality? Evidence from the German labour market.

Netz, N., & Grüttner, M. (2018, Oktober).
Does international student mobility increase social inequality? Evidence from the German labour market. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Heterogeneous Effects of Studying Abroad" des DZHW-Forschungsclusters "Mobilität von Hochqualifizierten", DZHW, Hannover.

Implications of the life course approach for studying international student mobility.

Netz, N. (2018, Oktober).
Implications of the life course approach for studying international student mobility. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "International student mobility and migration: Trajectories, transitions, and social transformations" des IMISCOE Research Clusters "International Student Mobility and Migration", DZHW, Hannover.

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Heterogeneous Effects of Studying Abroad.

Netz, N., & Vögtle, E. (2018, Oktober).
Heterogeneous Effects of Studying Abroad. Organisation des Workshops des DZHW-Forschungsclusters "Mobilität von Hochqualifizierten", DZHW, Hannover.

International student mobility and migration: trajectories, transitions, and social transformations.

Netz, N., Vögtle, E., Riaño, Y., Van Mol, C., & Raghuram, P. (2018, Oktober).
International student mobility and migration: trajectories, transitions, and social transformations. Organisation des Workshops des IMISCOE Research Clusters "International Student Mobility and Migration", DZHW, Hannover.

International student mobility and migration: trajectories, transitions, and social transformations.

Netz, N., Raghuram, P., Riaño, Y., & Van Mol, C. (2018, Juli).
International student mobility and migration: trajectories, transitions, and social transformations. Organisation von zwei Sessions zum Thema auf der 15th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spanien.

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