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The importance of knowledge and research for innovation and economic performance in globalised and competitive economies is widely recognised. Knowledge and competences are partly embodied in people and, as a consequence, a flexible and transparent European labour market for researchers is widely viewed as highly desirable not only for improving employment and working conditions for researchers but also for research, innovation and growth in general. Enhancing the mobility of researchers has thus become an important goal of European research policy.
The aim of this study is to present evidence of the views of researchers on a range of factors that may inhibit researcher mobility and career development within the emerging European Research Area. An initial set of potential inhibiting factors were extracted from ongoing policy and scholarly debates about scientific mobility, namely:
- unsatisfactory current arrangements and practices concerning social security schemes (including statutory and supplementary pension rights, unemployment benefits)L%- unattractive employment conditions
- the lack of competition-based internationally open recruitment
- the lack of recognition of mobility in recruitment and career development
- a lack of trans-national portability of grants/funding
- a lack of adequate training and skills development for researchers.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008. 126 pp, free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-30-08-488-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-09258-9
Record Number: 200910024 / Last updated on: 2008-11-20
Original language: en
Available languages: en