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Featuring an all-star discussion panel, this Global Frictions seminar examines the ways governments are attempting to engage and shape the flows of students, graduates and scholars across borders.
For decades the emigration of highly skilled residents has been a cause of concern for many governments. Initially this was cast as a ‘brain drain’, but after several countries experienced significant return migration flows, the notion of ‘brain circulation’ took hold. More recently governments, corporations and various types of institutions have come to understand highly skilled expatriates as constituting diasporic communities, and have sought to engage strategically with them to achieve a range of political and economic objectives.
In this seminar, the panel will consider the ways in which governments and education providers are endeavouring to engage with and harness diasporic networks to shape the flows of students, graduates and scholars across borders. We focus on the increasingly prominent role of diaspora populations in shaping Australia’s political and economic relationships with India, Southeast Asia and Latin America. As the strategic importance of these transnational communities increases, so does the level of competition between those vying for their loyalty.
Global Frictions: A Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for Global Research
- Dr Angel Calderon (Principal Advisor, Planning and Research, Strategy and Analytics Unit, RMIT)
- Dr Anand Kulkarni (Senior Manager, Planning and Research, Strategy and Analytics Unit, RMIT)
- Professor Christopher Ziguras (Deputy Dean, International, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, and Member of Centre for Global Research, RMIT)
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