Andréas Tibbles and Jennifer Lee are master’s students at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, specializing in international economic policy. Together with their Carleton supervisor Dr. Martin Geiger they are both the lucky winners of a Mitacs Globalink Research Award which will allow them to go abroad and conduct empirical research for their Master’s Research Paper (MRP) projects on global talent mobility and innovation.

“We are both very happy to have received this award, which will allow Jennifer to go for three months to Haifa (Israel) and work closely will a leading expert on labour migration, Dr. Rebeca Raijman”,

Andréas Tibbles says,

“while I am grateful for the opportunity to conduct field research in Shanghai, China and collaborate with a leading scholar on knowledge transfer and economic development, Dr. Yejing Huang”

Andréas and Jennifer have been already active contributors to a larger research project, at Carleton University.

“Over the past few months, Andréas and I have become involved in a fascinating research initiative here at Carleton led by our supervisor that examines how technology clusters around the world are competing for global talent, focusing on high-skilled migrants with skills and degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), ”, adds Jennifer Lee.

This project, mentioned by Jennifer Lee, is funded by Dr. Geiger’s Ontario Early Researcher Award which will provide additional funding, and allow the two NPSIA students to produce valuable research outcomes, including presentations at scholarly conferences, and co-authored academic publications and policy reports.

“This opportunity to conduct research on how Chinese returnees and international migrants contribute to China’s and Shanghai’s booming economy is really exciting for me”, says Andréas who is fluent in Mandarin and has lived already for a longer time in different countries.

“For me the opportunity to look into how Israel manages to grow and innovate by using Jewish migrant talent but increasingly also foreign and non-Jewish talent, is also really interesting, because I was previously studying in the STEM sector myself, and became fully aware about how Canada and many other countries depend on foreign talents in many sectors,” adds his NPSIA colleague Jennifer.