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The Human Face of Global Mobility: Year One Report

Exploring International Skilled and Professional Migration in Europe and the Asia-Pacific

Our project has got underway successfully in a busy first year. It fulfills CCGR’s central remit of encouraging new, group-based, cross-disciplinary work on a key dimension of globalization, and is forging a group of scholars who would be unlikely get this chance to collaborate on this topic in any other venue. We have a committed core of UC scholars involved, others from further afield, and a total of seven graduate students from UCLA and UCI who find this a unique opportunity to develop their work in a congenial environment. We are developing a website, plans for research in the second year, and an edited volume.

Substantive and productive workshop meetings: November, February and May

The workshop meetings have effectively soldered a new multidisciplinary group, which includes a large proportion of UC scholars as well as other American university scholars. A small contingent of international scholars have also attended the first two meetings.

  • Twelve scholars and students attended the November 9 th meeting, of whom six were from UCLA, three were from other UC schools, and one each from UT Austin, Caltech, and Suchong University, China.
  • Thirteen scholars and students attended the February 22 nd meeting, of whom five were from UCLA, three were from other UC schools, and one each from Caltech, UT Austin, Harvey Mudd College, University of Liverpool, and University of Bern.
  • Eleven scholars and students attended theMay 17 th meeting, of whom five were from UCLA, four from other UC schools, and one each from Caltech and UT Austin.
  • A core number attended all meetings, but the total number of persons associated with the group numbers twenty.
  • The participation of graduate students – in particular female graduate students – is quite strong. All have expressed their enthusiasm for the project, that is offering an unexpected venue for developing their ideas in the informal company of outstanding established scholars. In the November meeting, four female graduate students from UCLA and UC Irvine attended the workshop, in the February meeting, three graduate students attended the workshop, and one of the UC Irvine student presented a literature review to the group. One of the UCLA graduate students wrote two papers on international student migration subsequent to the November meeting and in conjunction with a graduate seminar taught by Professor Favell. These papers have been posted onto the Working Group’s website. In May, three of the grad students presented papers, that have all been posted.
  • The disciplines represented include political science, sociology, public policy, international political economy, community studies, anthropology, and education. UCLA’s participants include distinguished scholars: Bill Clark (Geography), Ivan Light, Min Zhou (Sociology), and Paul Ong (Public Policy). In addition, our outside participants mix equal parts Anthropology (Michael Smith, Marianne de Laet) and Political Science (Gary Freeman, Jeanette Money). Demographer Phil Martin, is also associated with the group.
  • The group has been thoroughly engaged in the discussions regarding (state of the discipline) theoretical and framework issues and data and empirical topics. A rough research template was the output of the first meeting, this has been posted on the web.
  • We are working towards an edited volume to be published with Transaction press in late 2004

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