Understanding Researcher Mobility: Perspectives from Academia
May 4, 2017
RAND Europe has been commissioned by the Royal Society to conduct a literature review and survey looking at the international mobility of researchers, with a particular focus on the UK. The aim of the work is to better understand the patterns of mobility, drivers of and barriers to mobility, and the benefits and consequences of mobility of researchers, in academia and industry. This report details the findings of the survey.
A survey of researchers in the UK
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RAND Europe has been commissioned by the Royal Society to investigate the international mobility of researchers, with a particular focus on the UK. This work consists of two strands: a review of the existing literature and a survey of researchers currently based in the UK. This report details the findings of the survey, conducted in March 2017, which provides an up-to-date picture of patterns, drivers and barriers, and perceived outcomes of mobility amongst the current UK academic research workforce. It also aims to address some of the gaps in the existing evidence, particularly around the role of personal motivations, and the interplay of experiences, personal and professional circumstances, motivations and outcomes.
We received and analysed 1,285 responses, and identified the following key findings reflecting on the survey data in the light of the wider literature:
Where and how do researchers move? Patterns of mobility of researchers currently based in the UK
Why do people decide to stay or move? Barriers and drivers influencing mobility decisions
What impact does mobility have on researchers' lives? Perceived outcomes of mobility at a professional and personal level
Respondent profile and characteristics
The research described in this report was commissioned by the Royal Society and conducted by RAND Europe.
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