Junior Research Group: Mobility of the Highly Skilled

Start of the project: 01-Mar-2019

The mobility of students and graduates is viewed as a mechanism that can strengthen the cohesion of civil society and increase the capacity of national economies and science systems. From the individual point of view, mobility can be a strategy to improve individuals’ life chances.

Against this background, barriers to national and regional job markets have been loosened for the highly skilled workforce in recent decades, and widespread support for cross-border scientific collaboration has been provided. The establishment of programmes such as ERASMUS and the harmonisation of study structures during the Bologna Process have also created new opportunities for students to become mobile.

But who is using these opportunities? Which systemic, institutional, and individual factors influence whether highly skilled individuals move to other places to live, study, or work, either temporarily or permanently? And what short-, medium-, and long-term effects does mobility have on their life paths?

Due to the nature of existing data sources, research on education, labour markets, and migration has, for a long time, primarily examined these issues over wide swathes of the population and only rarely concentrated on highly skilled individuals. More recent data sources, however, have created new potential to analyse the causes and effects of high-skilled mobility. The purpose of the junior research group is to exploit this potential.

To supplement existing research on the mobility of the highly skilled, which is currently strongly characterised by macro analyses and often focuses on the immigration of highly skilled individuals (inbound mobility), the junior research group conducts micro-founded analyses of temporary or permanent emigration of highly skilled people (outbound mobility). Under the umbrella of the life course perspective, a range of sociological, psychological, and economic theories are applied to examine the wide range of causes of mobility, and its consequences for the life courses of individuals.

The dissertation project within the junior research group focuses on gender-specific causes and consequences of spatial mobility, and discusses whether the observed patterns differ among high- and low-skilled individuals.

Besides empirical analyses based on DZHW surveys and external data sources, the junior research group aims to produce synthesising studies that sum up the state of research in the field of high-skilled mobility and to contribute to the systematic development of this field.

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Publications

Why do women more often intend to study abroad than men?

Cordua, F., & Netz, N. (2022).
Why do women more often intend to study abroad than men? Higher Education, 83(5), 1079-1101.

Does the effect of studying abroad on labour income vary by graduates’ social origin? Evidence from Germany.

Netz, N., & Grüttner, M. (2021).
Does the effect of studying abroad on labour income vary by graduates’ social origin? Evidence from Germany. Higher Education, 82(6), 1195-1217. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-020-00579-2

Special Issue “Heterogeneous effects of studying abroad”.

Netz, N. (Hrsg.) (2021).
Special Issue “Heterogeneous effects of studying abroad”. Higher Education, 82(6). Dordrecht: Springer.

Who benefits most from studying abroad? A conceptual and empirical overview.

Netz, N. (2021).
Who benefits most from studying abroad? A conceptual and empirical overview. Higher Education, 82(6), 1049-1069. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-021-00760-1

Does studying abroad influence graduates’ wages? A literature review.

Netz, N., & Cordua, F. (2021).
Does studying abroad influence graduates’ wages? A literature review. Journal of International Students , 11(4), 768-789.

Fördert Auslandsmobilität die wissenschaftliche Karriere?

Netz, N. (2021).
Fördert Auslandsmobilität die wissenschaftliche Karriere? Stellungnahme im Rahmen der DAAD-Initiative Forschung kompakt, Bonn.

Welchen Einfluss hat internationale Mobilität auf wissenschaftliche Karrieren? Ein Forschungsüberblick.

Netz, N. (2021).
Welchen Einfluss hat internationale Mobilität auf wissenschaftliche Karrieren? Ein Forschungsüberblick. (DAAD Forschung kompakt). Bonn: DAAD. https://doi.org/10.46685/DAADStudien.2021.01

Publizieren im Lockdown. Erfahrungen von Professorinnen und Professoren.

Rusconi, A., Netz, N., & Solga, H. (2020).
Publizieren im Lockdown. Erfahrungen von Professorinnen und Professoren. WZB-Mitteilungen, 170, 24-26.

(Warum) beeinflusst ein Migrationshintergrund die Auslandsstudienabsicht?

Netz, N., & Sarcletti, A. (2020).
(Warum) beeinflusst ein Migrationshintergrund die Auslandsstudienabsicht? In M. Jungbauer-Gans & A. Gottburgsen (Hrsg.), Migration, Mobilität und soziale Ungleichheit in der Hochschulbildung (S. 103–136). Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-31694-5_5

What effects does international mobility have on scientists’ careers? A systematic review.

Netz, N., Hampel, S., & Aman, V. (2020).
What effects does international mobility have on scientists’ careers? A systematic review. Research Evaluation, 29(3), 327-351. https://doi.org/10.1093/reseval/rvaa007

Socio-demographics: A global overview of inequalities in education abroad participation.

Netz, N., Klasik, D., Entrich, S., & Barker, M. (2020).
Socio-demographics: A global overview of inequalities in education abroad participation. In A. Ogden, B. Streitwieser, & C. Van Mol (Hrsg.), Education Abroad: Bridging Scholarship and Practice (S. 28-42). New York: Routledge.

Welche Rolle spielt der Promotionskontext für die Auslandsmobilität von Promovierenden?

Netz, N., & Hampel, S. (2019).
Welche Rolle spielt der Promotionskontext für die Auslandsmobilität von Promovierenden? Beiträge zur Hochschulforschung, 41 (4), 136-153.
Presentations

How important is international experience for becoming a tenured professor? Evidence from a factorial survey.

Netz, N., & Petzold, K. (2022, Mai).
How important is international experience for becoming a tenured professor? Evidence from a factorial survey. Vortrag im Rahmen des Academia Europaea HERCulES Symposiums “The Internationalization of Higher Education Institutions”, Uppsala University.

Connecting research and practice in international student mobility: Examples, benefits, challenges, solutions.

Netz, N. (2022, April).
Connecting research and practice in international student mobility: Examples, benefits, challenges, solutions. Impulsvortrag im Rahmen des Webinars "Connecting research and practice in international student mobility", European Network on International Student Mobility (ENIS).

The impact of studying abroad on graduates’ careers: What we know and what we would like to know.

Netz, N. (2022, April).
The impact of studying abroad on graduates’ careers: What we know and what we would like to know. Keynote im Rahmen des Webinars "Does studying abroad pay off in the labour market?", European Network on International Student Mobility (ENIS).

How (wo)men evaluate (wo)men. Gendered gender biases in the assessment of applicants for professorships?

Rusconi, A., Solga, H., & Netz, N. (2022, April).
How (wo)men evaluate (wo)men. Gendered gender biases in the assessment of applicants for professorships? Vortrag im Rahmen der RC28 Spring Conference "Social Stratification and Social Policy for a Post-Covid19 World", London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Welche Rolle spielen physische und virtuelle Mobilität für den Zugang zur Professur?

Netz, N. (2022, März).
Welche Rolle spielen physische und virtuelle Mobilität für den Zugang zur Professur? Vortrag im Rahmen der DAAD-Wissenschaftswerkstatt, DAAD, Bonn.

Working Group Meetings.

Netz, N., & Van Mol, C. (2022, Januar).
Workshop Working Group Meetings, European Network on International Student Mobility (ENIS), Online.

Online Training School on Thematic Reviews.

Netz, N., & Van Mol, C. (2022, Januar).
Workshop Online Training School on Thematic Reviews, European Network on International Student Mobility (ENIS), Online.

Systematic reviews in the social sciences. Conceptual and practical notes.

Netz, N. (2022, Januar).
Systematic reviews in the social sciences. Conceptual and practical notes. Vortrag auf dem Workshop Online Training School on Thematic Reviews, European Network on International Student Mobility (ENIS).

International school-to-work transitions: The payoff to graduates’ international labour mobility and its social inequality implications.

Witte, N., Stawarz, N., & Netz, N. (2021, Oktober).
International school-to-work transitions: The payoff to graduates’ international labour mobility and its social inequality implications. Vortrag auf der Konferenz ECSR Annual Conference 2021.

How does international student mobility influence the gender wage gap?

Netz, N., Cordua, F., & Peter, F. (2021, Oktober).
How does international student mobility influence the gender wage gap? Vortrag auf der Konferenz CIDER-LERN Conference 2021, Leibniz Geschäftsstelle, Berlin.

Methodological Innovations in Research on Spatial Mobility: Potentials and Pitfalls.

Netz, N., Vögtle, E. M., Lang, S., Euler, T., & Laska, O. (2021).
Workshop Methodological Innovations in Research on Spatial Mobility: Potentials and Pitfalls, DZHW, Hannover.

Why do women more often intend to study abroad than men?

Cordua, F., & Netz, N. (2021, September).
Why do women more often intend to study abroad than men? Vortrag auf dem Workshop Summer School in Higher Education Research and Science Studies (HERSS), Leibniz Center for Science and Society (LCSS), Universität Hannover, Hannover.

What role do physical and virtual mobility play for academic career success? Evidence from an experiment with university professors.

Netz, N., & Petzold, K. (2021, September).
What role do physical and virtual mobility play for academic career success? Evidence from an experiment with university professors. Vortrag auf der Konferenz Sociological knowledges for alternative futures (15th Conference of the European Sociological Association), Barcelona.

Why do women more often intend to study abroad than men?

Cordua, F., & Netz, N. (2021, September).
Why do women more often intend to study abroad than men? Vortrag auf der Konferenz Sociological knowledges for alternative futures (15th Conference of the European Sociological Association), Barcelona.

Graduates’ labor market entry abroad. The payoff to international early career migration.

Witte, N., Stawarz, N., & Netz, N. (2021, Juni).
Graduates’ labor market entry abroad. The payoff to international early career migration. Vortrag auf der Konferenz “Accumulation and compensation of inequalities” (RC28 Spring Meeting), Universität Turku.

Stakeholder voices on Erasmus+: Expectations for the future.

Netz, N. (2021, März).
Stakeholder voices on Erasmus+: Expectations for the future. Vortrag auf der Konferenz "What’s new in Brussels? Recent developments in European policies and programmes", Academic Cooperation Association, Brüssel.

What makes academics suitable for a tenured professorship? Evidence from a factorial survey with university professors in Germany.

Petzold, K., & Netz, N. (2020, November).
What makes academics suitable for a tenured professorship? Evidence from a factorial survey with university professors in Germany. Vortrag auf dem Seminar "Analytical Sociology: Theory and Empirical Applications" [online].

(Warum) beeinflusst ein Migrationshintergrund die Auslandsstudienabsicht?

Netz, N., & Sarcletti, A. (2020, November).
(Warum) beeinflusst ein Migrationshintergrund die Auslandsstudienabsicht? Vortrag auf der Gemeinsamen Frühjahrstagung der DGS-Sektionen "Soziale Ungleichheit und Sozialstrukturanalyse" & "Bildung und Erziehung", LIfBi, Bamberg.

Warum beabsichtigen Frauen häufiger einen studienbezogenen Auslandsaufenthalt?

Cordua, F., & Netz, N. (2020, November).
Warum beabsichtigen Frauen häufiger einen studienbezogenen Auslandsaufenthalt? Poster auf der Gemeinsamen Frühjahrstagung der DGS-Sektionen "Soziale Ungleichheit und Sozialstrukturanalyse" & "Bildung und Erziehung", LIfBi, Bamberg.

Factorial survey experiments and causal inference - Potentials and pitfalls by the example of a professors’ survey.

Petzold, K., & Netz, N. (2020, Oktober).
Factorial survey experiments and causal inference - Potentials and pitfalls by the example of a professors’ survey. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Causality in the Social Sciences II", DZHW, Hannover.

Geschlechtsspezifische Muster und Erträge der räumlichen Mobilität von Hochqualifizierten.

Cordua, F. (2020, September).
Geschlechtsspezifische Muster und Erträge der räumlichen Mobilität von Hochqualifizierten. Interdisziplinäres Doktorandenseminar, Universität Würzburg [Online-Vortrag].

Auswirkungen von studienbezogenen Auslandsaufenthalten auf den Berufsweg.

Netz, N. (2020, Juni).
Auswirkungen von studienbezogenen Auslandsaufenthalten auf den Berufsweg. Keynote anlässlich der Digitalen Posterpräsentation "Freiwilliges Jahr in der Wissenschaft 2019/2020", Universität Hannover.

Distinction by destination? The choice of host countries for studying abroad.

Finger, C., Netz, N., & Schirmer, H. (2020, Juni).
Distinction by destination? The choice of host countries for studying abroad. Vortrag auf der AAM/NEPS/HSI - Mini-Conference, WZB, Berlin.

Warum beabsichtigen Frauen häufiger einen studienbezogenen Auslandsaufenthalt?

Cordua, F., & Netz, N. (2020, März).
Warum beabsichtigen Frauen häufiger einen studienbezogenen Auslandsaufenthalt? Online-Vortrag für die 15. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung, Universität Hamburg.

Academic publishing: How to (re)write and publish empirical journal articles.

Netz, N. (2020, März).
Academic publishing: How to (re)write and publish empirical journal articles. Workshop für Promovierende auf der Young Academics Convention des Leibniz Center for Science and Society (LCSS), Universität Hannover.

Überblick zur Forschung der DZHW-Nachwuchsgruppe "Mobilität von Hochqualifizierten".

Netz, N. (2020, Januar).
Überblick zur Forschung der DZHW-Nachwuchsgruppe "Mobilität von Hochqualifizierten". Vortrag auf einem Workshop zum Informationsaustausch zwischen BMBF, DAAD und DZHW. DZHW, Hannover.

Determinants and career effects of scientists’ international mobility: Results of the SciMo project.

Netz, N. (2019, November).
Determinants and career effects of scientists’ international mobility: Results of the SciMo project. Vortrag anlässlich der Evaluation der DZHW-Integrationsprojekte, DZHW, Hannover.

Geschlechterunterschiede in der räumlichen Mobilität von Hochqualifizierten.

Cordua, F., & Netz, N. (2019, November).
Geschlechterunterschiede in der räumlichen Mobilität von Hochqualifizierten. Vortrag in der DAAD-Wissenschaftswerkstatt, DAAD, Bonn.

Warum beabsichtigen Frauen häufiger einen studienbezogenen Auslandsaufenthalt?

Cordua, F., & Netz, N. (2019, November).
Warum beabsichtigen Frauen häufiger einen studienbezogenen Auslandsaufenthalt? Vortrag auf der Konferenz "Bildung und Raum", LIfBi, Bamberg.

Wer ist für eine Professur geeignet? Ergebnisse eines faktoriellen Surveys mit Professor*innen an deutschen Universitäten.

Netz, N., & Petzold, K. (2019, Oktober).
Wer ist für eine Professur geeignet? Ergebnisse eines faktoriellen Surveys mit Professor*innen an deutschen Universitäten. Vortrag im INCHER Brown-Bag-Seminar, Universität Kassel.

Why are women more likely to study abroad? An explanation of the gender gap in international student mobility.

Netz, N., & Cordua, F. (2019, Juli).
Why are women more likely to study abroad? An explanation of the gender gap in international student mobility. Vortrag auf der 2. Nachwuchstagung des Deutschen Zentrums für Integrations- und Migrationsforschung (DeZIM), Universität Duisburg-Essen.

Life History Calendar: Are there Positive Effects in a Self-Administered Mixed-Device Survey, too?

Carstensen, J., Lang, S., & Cordua, F. (2019, Juli).
Life History Calendar: Are there Positive Effects in a Self-Administered Mixed-Device Survey, too? Poster auf der 8th Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA), Universität Zagreb, Kroatien.

The Effects of Response Burden when Collecting Life-History Data in a Self-Administered Mixed-Device Survey.

Cordua, F., Carstensen, J., & Lang, S. (2019, Juli).
The Effects of Response Burden when Collecting Life-History Data in a Self-Administered Mixed-Device Survey. Poster auf der 8th Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA), Universität Zagreb, Kroatien.

Welchen Einfluss hat internationale Mobilität auf wissenschaftliche Karrieren? Ein Forschungsüberblick.

Hauschildt, K., & Netz, N. (2019, Juli).
Welchen Einfluss hat internationale Mobilität auf wissenschaftliche Karrieren? Ein Forschungsüberblick. Vortrag auf dem GATE-Germany Marketingkongress 2019, Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn, 04.07.2019.

Internationalisierung für alle? Warum die Förderung von studienbezogener Auslandsmobilität zu sozialer Ungleichheit führen kann.

Netz, N. (2019, Juni).
Internationalisierung für alle? Warum die Förderung von studienbezogener Auslandsmobilität zu sozialer Ungleichheit führen kann. Vortrag an der Humboldt-Universität, Berlin.

Does international student mobility increase social inequality? An analysis of heterogeneous income returns during the first ten years after graduation.

Netz, N., & Grüttner, M. (2019, Mai).
Does international student mobility increase social inequality? An analysis of heterogeneous income returns during the first ten years after graduation. Vortrag auf der 1st International DZHW User Conference on Dynamics in the Student and Academic Life Course, Leibnizhaus, Hannover.

Nachwuchsgruppe "Mobilität von Hochqualifizierten".

Netz, N., & Cordua, F. (2019, Mai).
Nachwuchsgruppe "Mobilität von Hochqualifizierten". Poster auf der DZHW-Hausmesse 2019, ver.di-Höfe, Hannover.

Welcome speech on behalf of the CIDER fellows.

Netz, N. (2019, April).
Welcome speech on behalf of the CIDER fellows. Vortrag auf der CIDER International Conference 2019 "Multiple Facets of Educational Inequality", WZB, Berlin.
Conferences

Organisation von zwei Panels zum Thema „The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on international student mobility“ auf der 18th IMISCOE Annual Conference.

França, T., Netz, N., & Van Mol, C. (2021).
Organisation von zwei Panels zum Thema „The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on international student mobility“ auf der 18th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Universität Luxemburg.

Migration-Related Diversity in Higher Education.

Keskiner, E., Lang, C., Netz, N., Schneider, J., & Van Mol, C. (2020, Juli).
Migration-Related Diversity in Higher Education. Organisation eines Panels auf der 17th IMISCOE Annual Conference (Online), Universität Luxemburg.

The role of place in international student mobility and migration dynamics.

Netz, N., Raghuram, P., Riaño, Y., & Van Mol, C. (2019, Juni).
The role of place in international student mobility and migration dynamics. Organisation von zwei Sessions auf der 16th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Universität Malmö (Schweden).

Head of Junior research group

Nicolai Netz
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Members

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