GenSeM Dialogue with Dr Maja Cederberg and Prof. Louise Ryan

21 November 2021

Please join us at our next Migration Dialogue on Wednesday, 8 December, 1 pm (UK time) via Zoom.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Maja Cederberg (University of Gothenburg), who will give a talk on the professional trajectories of highly educated migrant women, and Professor Louise Ryan (London Metropolian University), who will act as discussant.

The meeting details will be sent to registered participants the day before the event. Further details are included below, and the registration link is available here:

GenSeM Migration Dialogue, 8 December, 1pm (UK time), online

Invited speaker: Dr Maja Cederberg (University of Gothenburg)

Understanding the professional trajectories of highly educated migrant women: How gender and class intersect to shape experiences, aspirations and strategies around employment and career

The aim of this paper is to make sense of the professional trajectories of highly educated migrant women. The paper considers different professional aspirations and strategies, explores the multiple meanings women attach to employment and career, and analyses different factors that impact on shaping professional trajectories following migration. The experience and position of highly educated migrant women has been comparatively under-researched, as research on high-skilled mobility has tended to focus on male-dominated sectors of the labour market, while research on migrant women has paid more attention to less skilled labour market sectors. This paper aims to contribute to the now growing literature in this area by considering the experiences of a number of highly educated women from the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) living and working in the UK. Findings from the research on which the paper builds suggests that migration can involve career progression as well as blocked career opportunities and deskilling, and the paper analyses the factors that contribute to shaping the migrant women’s trajectories in different directions. In particular, it puts focus on how gendered factors intersect with class-based resources (economic, social and cultural) to produce different obstacles and opportunities for different individuals, but also to shaping their professional aspirations and strategies in particular ways. Furthermore, the paper considers the women’s experiences of (re)building their career in the UK, analysing the different ways in which they negotiate obstacles and adjust to the local context.

Discussant: Professor Louise Ryan (London Metropolitan University)

We look forward to seeing many of you there! Please also circulate via your networks. 

Best wishes

Laura and Sarah

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