Spatial analytics + data seminar series: Migration of scholars and development

Evidence from bibliometric data

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Tuesday 15 Mar 2022
Time: 16:00 - 17:00

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Virtual seminar

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Speaker: Emilio Zagheni, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Event title: Migration of scholars and development: Evidence from bibliometric data


About the event

Migration of scholars is a major driver of innovation and of diffusion of knowledge. We leverage bibliometric data, indexed by Scopus (for over 36 million journal articles and reviews)  to develop a novel and global database of scholarly migration (1998-2017), where migration events are inferred from changes in authors’ institutional affiliations over time. In this talk, I will present how we developed the longitudinal database on internal and international movements of scholars, offer descriptive statistics for trends over time, as well as show initial results from our statistical analyses to identify and quantify drivers of geographic mobility of talent and the role of economic development.

About the speaker

Emilio Zagheni is Executive Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) and Affiliate Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington, where he served as Training Director of the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology. He received his Ph.D. in Demography (2010) and M.A. in Statistics (2008) from U.C. Berkeley. Zagheni is best known for his work on combining digital trace data and traditional sources to track and understand migrations and to advance population science.

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