Female computer scientists from Post-Soviet space: migration and academic career in the UK

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Female computer scientists from Post-Soviet space: migration and academic career in the UK

Type: Article in monograph or in proceedings
Title: Female computer scientists from Post-Soviet space: migration and academic career in the UK
Author: Antoshchuk I.
Journal Title: STI 2018 Conference Proceedings
Start Page: 414
End Page: 419
Publisher: Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS)
Issue Date: 2018-09-11
Keywords: Scientometrics
Abstract: With intensification of transnational academic mobility, rise in cross-border cooperation and expansion of global collaboration networks, science and higher education are increasingly internationalized. United Kingdom is one of the leading research nations that continues to accommodate great number of scholars from different regions around the globe. UK has also become one of the major migration destinations for scientists from countries of former Soviet Union (FSU), especially for those specializing in STEM subjects. Though many studies are concerned with scale, reasons and consequences of this intellectual migration, women are largely absent from these accounts, despite the fact that from the Soviet past women have been substantially represented among research and teaching staff in engineering and technical disciplines in FSU countries. This paper seeks to partially fill this gap by exploring migration experiences of Russian-speaking female computer scientists (FCS) in the UK in 1990s-2000s. Taken into account that women are reported to be disadvantaged in computer science as a male dominated discipline and may suffer from additional pressure as immigrants in the host country, the study aims to answer the following questions: Who are FCS, where do they come from and what position in the host country academia do they occupy? What tensions and difficulties do women scientists encounter in their cross-border movement? What strategies do they develop to overcome these difficulties and achieve professional advancement in the British academia? What is the specificity of migrant experiences of female scientists in comparison to their male counterparts? The study is based on the analysis of semi-structured interviews and open Internet sources (university websites, CVs, social networks, specialized publications databases).
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/65354
 

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