Paths, Spaces, and Networks: On the interaction between physical, virtual and cognitive mobility in knowledge production (InterMo)

Start of the project: 2022-Jan-01 - End of the project: 2024-Dec-31

The science system is in a state of transition. Not only does the progressing digital transformation of scholarly practices lead to novel research dynamics, accelerating communication and exchange. Also, a trend towards team science, transcending discipline oriented knowledge production, demands new forms cooperation.

These emerging new practices of collaboration also change the mobility of researchers. How mobility within the science system is conceived and practiced has also been disrupted by the recent pandemic, making travelling and physical exchange almost impossible in recent years. Against that background, the concept of scientific mobility needs to be re- evaluated and re-interpreted. While much research focused on physical mobility and its effects on scholarly performance, little is known about how researchers find and change their ideas and topics over their academic career and how such cognitive mobility is enforced or irritated by virtual forms of mobility, that is, digital technologies supporting exchange and collaboration.

It is the goal of the project to reflect the changing concept of scientific mobility and to define it a new in the context of digital transformation. The project explores, how different forms of scientific mobility relate to each other and how they may shape or are influenced by different modes of knowledge production.

The project addresses these questions by relying on a wide range of different methods, combining a novel bibliometric approach for exploring the relationship between physical and cognitive mobility with elements of qualitative ethnographic methods as well as survey based research. The project intends to generate practical impulses for policy makers and stakeholders in the realm of scientific mobility based on a differentiated understanding of what mobility of scholarly knowledge may mean in a globalized and digitally accelerated world.

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Publications

Ordering the past, envisioning future(s): how review articles in synthetic biology make use of heterogeneous expectations.

Blümel, C. (2023).
Ordering the past, envisioning future(s): how review articles in synthetic biology make use of heterogeneous expectations. Futures (online first). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2023.103302
Abstract

This article deals with expectation dynamics in the field of synthetic biology. The article draws on scholarly review articles as the main material, complemented by expert interviews conducted with scholars from the field. The aim is to explore how expectations change over time and how they are used to justify and move the field. Drawing from conceptual advances of the sociology of expectations, I show how expectations are increasingly linked at different levels (the landscape, sector, and niche level) and how they support and justify the field among different audiences.

Presentations

Towards a validated bibliometric measure of topic mobility in science. A knowledge space approach.

Donner, P. (2023, November).
Towards a validated bibliometric measure of topic mobility in science. A knowledge space approach. Vortrag auf dem Kolloquium zu Themen der Hochschulforschung, INCHER, Universität Kassel, Kassel.

Diversity of regional research cultures in the global science system.

Blümel, C. (2023, Oktober).
Moderation der Podiumsdiskussion Diversity of regional research cultures in the global science system auf der Konferenz The Future of Higher Education and Science - A Turn of the Times?, Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW), Berlin, Deutschland.

Geopolitik und die Gestaltung von Kooperationen in Wissenschaft und Hochschule.

Blümel, C. (2023, Oktober).
Geopolitik und die Gestaltung von Kooperationen in Wissenschaft und Hochschule. Vortrag auf der Konferenz The Future of Higher Education and Science - A Turn of the Times?, Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW), Hannover, Deutschland.

Cognitive Mobility in the Sciences: Social, Technological and Cultural Dynamics.

Blümel, C., & Grüttner, M. (2022, November).
Workshop Cognitive Mobility in the Sciences: Social, Technological and Cultural Dynamics, DZHW, Hannover.

Can Researchers' Cognitive Mobility be Measured with Scientific Document Embeddings? A Work in Progress Report.

Donner, P. (2022, November).
Can Researchers' Cognitive Mobility be Measured with Scientific Document Embeddings? A Work in Progress Report. Vortrag auf dem Workshop Cognitive Mobility in the Sciences: Social, Technological and Cultural Dynamics, DZHW.

The study of cognitive mobility and its interrelation with physical and virtual mobility.

Blümel, C. (2022, November).
The study of cognitive mobility and its interrelation with physical and virtual mobility. Impulsvortrag auf dem Workshop Cognitive Mobility in the Sciences: Social, Technological and Cultural Dynamics, Clemens Blümel und Michael Grüttner, DZHW.
Conferences

Cognitive Mobility in the Sciences: Social, Technological and Cultural Dynamics.

Blümel, C., & Grüttner, M. (2022, November).
Workshop Cognitive Mobility in the Sciences: Social, Technological and Cultural Dynamics, DZHW, Hannover.

Grenzen und Chancen der Offenheit? Was Technologiesouveränität und Geopolitik für Innovation in Forschung und Technologie bedeuten.

Blümel, C., Kessler, M. S., & Skupien, S. (2022).
Symposium Grenzen und Chancen der Offenheit? Was Technologiesouveränität und Geopolitik für Innovation in Forschung und Technologie bedeuten im Rahmen der Veranstaltung Grenzen und Chancen der Offenheit, Stifterverband e.V., Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW), Berlin University Alliance, Center for Open and responsible Research (CORe), Berlin.

Contact person

Clemens Blümel
Clemens Blümel +49 30 2064177-31

Researchers

Paul Donner Gregor Fabian Dr. Nicolai Netz Nathalie Schwichtenberg Dr. Stephan Stahlschmidt

Funded by

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung