Linking innovation personnel: international networks among scientists
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Innovation ultimately depends on people with innovation skills. The mobility of scientific and technological personnel is becoming a major mechanism for technology transfer via research networks and international collaborations, often between more and less developed regions and countries. These networks and collaborations develop their full potential through the mobility of scientific personnel and the links they create as they pursue their careers. This paper reports data from a recent study concerning more than 10,000 scientists currently working in Asian countries and Australia but who are also developing links with Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Pacific countries. The paper focuses on joint publications as a way of indicating developing linkages. The focus is Asia but the study has relevance to other areas of the world and could be taken as a model for investigating and highlighting developing knowledge hubs in Africa and indicates areas for further public policy attention.