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Gendered differences in emigration and mobility perspectives among European researchers working abroad

Elisabeth Scheibelhofer


This paper focuses on gendered mobilities of highly skilled researchers working abroad. It is based on an empirical qualitative study that explored the mobility aspirations of Austrian scientists who were working in the United States at the time they were interviewed. Supported by a case study, the paper demonstrates how a qualitative research strategy including graphic drawings sketched by the interviewed persons can help us gain a better understanding of the gendered importance of social relations for the future mobility aspirations of scientists working abroad.


Problem-centred interviewing; graphic drawing method; migration experiences; gender and mobility

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