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workshop series
Spring2019 @ Utrecht
call for papers

The Call for Papers is now open

The Economic Urban Transitions (EUT) at the Department of Human Geography and Planning of Utrecht University is pleased to announce the  2st workshop in the series on “Migration, Globalization and the Knowledge Economy”, to be held Utrecht, the Netherlands, May 16-17, 2019.

Migration plays a key role in today’s knowledge economies, as it helps introducing and diffusing innovations that feed economic growth and well-being. In 2013, the worldwide stock of migrants stood at 230 million, or 3.2% of worldwide population, with tertiary-educated men and women representing a substantial and increasing share of it. Far from taking place exclusively along a south–north or east–west axis, such highly skilled migration occurs also between advanced economies, especially for doctoral holders, engineers and scientists, who contribute both to knowledge creation in destination countries and to its diffusion worldwide. The importance of short-term and circular migration is also growing, fueled in particular by students, academic scientists, professionals and executives of multinational enterprises. 

Several economic disciplines contribute to our understanding of the phenomenon, including economic geography, innovation economics and the economics of science, labor economics, or development economics, among many others. We aim to bring together scholars from all of them, whether engaged in theoretical, empirical or methodological research. A non-exhaustive list of topics of interest includes:

  • The role of high-skilled migration in fostering innovation in receiving countries – present and historical perspectives
  • The relationship between diversity and innovation at the team, firm, local and country level
  • The role of skilled diasporas in knowledge diffusion
  • The mobility decisions of skilled migrants (constraints and incentives to outgoing, return and circular migration; positive vs negative self-selection; role of diaspora/network ties).
  • Temporary migration and knowledge sharing
  • Migration and innovation-based start-ups formation
  • Skilled migrants and the internationalization of capital flows
  • The emerging role of MNC in shaping scientists’ and engineers’ migration flows
  • The role of skilled migrants in shaping academic entrepreneurship and university-industry collaboration.
  • The effect of changes in migration policies on skilled migrations and international collaborations
  • Differences in training and career pathways of migrants and native-born skilled workers 
  • Historical studies of skilled migration and/or long term effects on the innovation in destination countries.

Both full papers and extended abstracts (around 2-3 pages) can be submitted. Registration is free for all participants. Coffees, lunches and one social dinner will be offered by the organization. Travel and accommodation costs of one speaker per accepted paper will be covered by the organization depending on budget availability. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by the series organizers and the scientific committee, and around 10 papers will be accepted.

> Papers and Extended abstracts Submission: December 20, 2018 to April 7, 2019

> Acceptance Confirmation: April 14, 2019

> Registration Opens: April 18, 2019

> Registration Closes: May 2, 2019

> Workshop dates: May 16-17, 2019