Junior Research Group: Mobility of the Highly Skilled

Start of the project: 01-Mar-2019

In European education, science, and economic policy, 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 also be a strategy to improve individuals’ life chances.

Against this background, barriers to national and regional job markets for the highly skilled workforce have been loosened 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, to 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 into education, job 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 people. More recent data sources, however, have created new potential to analyse the causes and effects of high-skilled mobility. This potential shall be used by the junior research group.

To supplement existing research into 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 analysis 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 highly skilled individuals. As well as 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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Presentations

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Conferences

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
Dr. Nicolai Netz Head +49 511 450670-171

Members

Fine Cordua

Press contact

Daniel Matthes
Daniel Matthes +49 511 450670-532
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