Academic mobility

I have added this page to help those researchers and PhD students who are considering the advantages and disadvantages of mobility as part of their career plans. I deliver a one-day workshop on this subject, in which participants have the opportunity to review their situation and the associated issues and challenges facing them, in order to help them to make informed decisions about their next career move. This might be towards eventually securing a permanent academic post or  it might be in relation to moving out of academia. I haven’t gone into detail here about the workshop itself, but you may be interested in the wealth of literature I have accumulated on this subject to assist you with your own situation. I hope you find the list helpful:


Foreign-born scientists: mobility patterns for 16 countries

Study on mobility patterns and career paths of EU researchers

Motivations of international academic mobility: the perspective of university students and professors

Time to go? (Inter) national mobility and appointment success of young academics

Global mobility: science on the move


Mobility: A strategic move

Away from home: Why the postdoc phase is crucial

How to break cultural and language barriers down in the lab

Crossing continents for your research career: A personal journey

International academic mobility: Towards a concentration of the minds in Europe

Moving to the US (podcast)

Fewer invited talks by women in evolutionary biology symposia


An American postdoc abroad

How to fit in when you join a lab abroad

Sacrifices for science (podcast)

Putting down roots (personal story – Natasha Reikhel)


Negotiating the dual academic career deal (video)

Dual career academic couples

Dual-career couples (list of resources – USA)

Dual-career academics: the right start

Dual career academic couples: What universities need to know


Juggling the balls, having it all? Tips from a mother and part-time professor

The price you will pay for work-life balance

The life career rainbow (Super)


Euraxess: Researchers in Motion

The European Charter for researchers. The code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers

Flexible working: Solo scientist

Why building a start-up is probably your most sensible career path

The hidden costs of a career in scientific research

Retirement: Dollars and sense

Funding sources (scroll down list to find relevant information)

Academic career paths worldwide

Academic career maps in Europe


Academic mobility, in Nina Maadad , Malcolm Tight (ed.) Academic Mobility (International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, Volume 11) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.i

Lean In, 2015, Sheryl Sandberg

Women Don’t Ask, 2007, Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever

Professor Mommy – finding work-family balance in academia, 2014, Kristen Ghodsee.