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Global Studies Award for Article

An article I wrote with my student, Victoria Long, received the The Global Studies Journal’s annual award. I’m so pleased that it was recognized by peers within the global studies as offering something new to the conversation about scientist mobility and Asian science.

This is what I wrote about the article – “Where to Train: Shifts in the Doctoral Destination Advice Given to Asian Bioscience Students” – when I first heard about the award:

This article stems from an ongoing project of mine that looks at Asian bioscientist mobility and how Asian-born, Western-trained scientists determine whether to stay on in the West after their training is complete or return to Asia. For this project, I interviewed Asian bioscientists spread across multiple locations in Asia and also the West about their destination decisions. I also asked each of my interviewees about the destination advice they give their current students, both at the doctoral and postdoctoral level. This led to fascinating conversations about the state of scientific research systems in Asia today, how they compare with those in Western countries, and the nature of science more broadly speaking. Thanks to these conversations, I have begun working on my next book project which examines the intersecting mobility systems that exist for Asian bioscientists at various stages of their academic career and the impact these movements of people, knowledge, and norms have on Asian scientific research systems. The book project is very ambitious as it considers six Asian countries – China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore – but this allows for interesting comparisons across the scientific research systems in each of these countries. I am hopeful that this book will help identify some of the common issues that Asian states encounter as they endeavor to develop their scientific research infrastructure and reputation, and also offer policymakers suggestions for addressing some of these issues. “

The journal was kind enough to make the article open access to anyone who wants to read it.




Assistant Professor of Sociology, Yale-NUS College, Singapore

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