Circulation of Science: Mobility, Precarity and Economic Growth in Research and Development
While the value of Science to national economies is rarely questioned, the status of many research scientists in the labour market is less certain. Despite enjoying stimulating and challenging work, many in research and development (R&D) face employment conditions characterised by precarity, vulnerability to exploitation and a demand for involuntary or inconvenient mobility. This work plan acknowledges this inconsistency and seeks to generate knowledge and understanding of how to improve the ‘health’ of Science in Portugal, with findings aimed at policymakers and stakeholders, including employers. In addition scientific workers will be provided with an opportunity to voice their own concerns and contribute to improving prospects for socio-demographic inclusivity in R&D and eliminating exploitation.