Call for participants: Workshop on Transnational Knowledge Relations and Researcher Mobility in the Gulf region

UAE_Dubai_Gulf_Research_Center_GRCInterested in researcher mobility, transnational knowledge cooperation and the Gulf region, or know someone who is?

GRCC (Gulf Research Center Cambridge)  is holding a funded workshop on “Transnational Knowledge Relations and Researcher Mobility for Building Knowledge-Based Societies and Economies in the Gulf”.

The workshop will take place 24-27 August 2015 at Cambridge University. The workshop is led by Dr. Jean Marc Rickli (King’s College London), Dr. Rasmus G. Bertelsen (University of Tromso) and Dr. Neema Noori (University of West Georgia).

This organisers highkight that the workshop will explore the intellectual relations and researcher mobility between the Gulf and the outside world with a specific focus on Gulf universities and other relevant actors such as think tanks, professional organizations, government organizations, and business communities.  They are also interested in knowledge networks that connect the Gulf to non-Western organizations, both public and private, in Asia and beyond.

This includes questions such as: 

  • What are the actors, universities, government institutions, think tanks, corporations, etc. in the Gulf who contribute to developing local knowledge-based societies and economies?
  • What transnational knowledge networks do these Gulf knowledge actors maintain between themselves and others in Gulf societies?
  • What transnational knowledge networks exist between organizations and individuals in the Gulf and those in Europe, North America, and Asia?
  • How can transnational knowledge networks between Gulf societies and external actors be measured?
  • What forms of knowledge (cultural, natural, social, or technological) flow between these actors in the Gulf and elsewhere?
  • How is knowledge transmitted between the Gulf and external regions in the shape of people, publications, intellectual property rights, capacity building, and investment?
  • What is the role of highly skilled individuals within transnational knowledge networks spanning the Gulf and other regions?  Who are these individuals; what is their background; where do they come from; what roles do they play in the Gulf; and, where do they go after they leave the region?  Do they maintain relations with the Gulf?
  • How do the various labor regimes governing worker mobility affect intellectual exchange?
  • How do GCC policies to develop local talent vary on a case by case basis? Under what conditions do they advance or undermine the development of knowledge-based societies?

The objective of this workshop is to publish an edited book based on the individual papers presented. To that end the panel directors will send a template that defines how each paper should be structured to the selected participants.

Selected participants also receive travel allowance, more information aboout funding can be found here.

The deadline for submission is 20th of February 2015.  

More information on the event website