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workshop series
Migration, Globalization and the Knowledge Economy

The “Workshop Series on Migration, Globalization and the Knowledge Economy” is meant to advance our understanding of high skilled migration and its relationship with knowledge creation, its diffusion, and its ultimate impact on innovation. It is a joint initiative of the Centre d’Études Prospectives et d’Informations Internationales (CEPII), the Paris School of Economics (PSE), the College of Management of Technology (CDM) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the Economic Urban Transitions at Utrecht University, the Gran Sasso Science Institute, GREThA CNRS UMR 5113 at the Université de Bordeaux, and ICRIOS research group at Bocconi University. The Series consist on four workshops in as many cities, starting with Paris (2018) and continuing in Utrecht (May 16-17, 2019), L’Aquila-Italy (Fall 2019), Milan (Spring 2020) and Bordeaux (Fall 2020).

Each workshop will consist of a 1-/2-day plenary session with presentations and discussions, opened up by one or two keynote speakers. The keynote speakers of the Utrecht workshop will be Ufuk Akcifit, from the University of Chicago, and Ina Ganguli, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

We aim to attract both senior and junior scholars dealing with research topics such as the role of high-skilled migration in fostering innovation in receiving countries, the relationship between diversity and innovation, the role of skilled diasporas and return migrants in diffusing knowledge back to their home countries, the emerging role of MNC in shaping scientists’ and engineers’ migration flows as well as temporary migration and knowledge sharing, migration and innovation-based start-ups formation, and so forth.