9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN33 Women's and Gender Studies

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 Gendering Migrations Building II, C4.02

Female Research Excellence and Academic Migration in Europe

Against the background of global challenges (migration, mobility, social equality, social crisis of human reproduction etc.) and an increasing lack of highly skilled academics in Germany and Europe the question of gender equality concerning access to and persistence in academic careers in science and engineering will continue to have high political relevance.
In a German joint research project the integration of highly skilled female migrants, especially from the new EU membership states as traditional sending countries, on the German scientific labour market is being investigated. The aim of the project is to determine effects of migration on the career development of highly skilled women in science and engineering.
So far, career development of highly skilled migrants in science and engineering has neither been considered in gender research nor in migration research to an adequate extent.
Accordingly, only marginal knowledge exists about the allocation of these female migrants on the scientific labour markets and their integration process. As a start, this research gap shall be closed through the joint research project for the German context as exemplary for the old EU membership states that are traditional receiving countries. In the project is being carried out analyses of representative data and qualitative interviews with highly skilled female migrants in science and engineering. It will deliver insights into the allocation of these highly skilled female migrants and reveal mechanisms that are relevant during the process of allocation and career progression. Methodologically, an intersectional approach will be applied in order to grasp the regimes of power at work that shape gendered diversity relations on the scientific labour market.
This presentation shall primarily focus on female academic migrants in the higher education and research sector in Germany in comparison to other European receiving countries. The conception and initial results of the sub-project "Allocation of female academic excellence on the move in higher education" shall be presented and its premises and perspectives for more gender equality in higher education shall be discussed.