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 

Non-tenured post-doctoral researchers’ job mobility and research output: An analysis of the role of research discipline, department size and co-authors

Influence of international mobility on the attitudes of researchers


Mobility: A strategic move 

Away from home: Why the postdoc phase is crucial 

Why you should move country

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)

9 reasons not to go abroad – and how to handle them 

Fewer invited talks by women in evolutionary biology symposia 

New lab, new adventure – Moving your lab to another country


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) 

Human Frontier Science Program

Academic career paths worldwide 

The art of grantsmanship

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

Global Mobility of Research Scientists: The economics of who goes where and why, 2015, Aldo Geuna (Ed.), Elsevier.

Lean In, 2015, Sheryl Sandberg, Ebury Publishing. 

Women Don’t Ask, 2007, Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever, Princeton University Press.

Professor Mommy – finding work-family balance in academia, 2014, Kristen Ghodsee, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.