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Webinar "Studies on the migration of researchers and the academic life course using bibliometric data"

On March 4, the regular seminar of the Modern Demography series was held. At the seminar, Samin Aref (research scientist, Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany) presented "Studies on the migration of researchers and the academic life course using bibliometric data"

Bibliometric data give us unprecedented opportunities for understanding patterns of mobility among published researchers by analyzing affiliation addresses and other meta-data on scholarly communications. In a series of studies, we leverage large-scale bibliometric data to measure and model the migration of scholars in different contexts and answer fundamental questions in the intersection of high-skilled migration and scientometrics.

This talk explores four recent studies within the scope of migration in academia and analysis of individual-level bibliometric data. These studies have different substantive themes and are in different contexts and geographies: return migration among highly mobile researchers, internal migration of researchers in Mexico, international migration of researchers in Germany, and academic brain drain in Russia. This talk showcases the insight that we can obtain from bibliometric data and different approaches on modeling scholarly migration for a variety of substantive questions.