In the global technology sector, work based migration is often an inevitability. While the migration of displaced people frequently researched as a matter of economic and policy urgency, less attention has been focused upon the global flows of highly skilled industrial labor and its impacts upon academic and industrial research and development. While previous work on the movement and interactions of people, ideas and technologies (Said 1982, Latour 1992) loosely mapped the geographies of these flows, they did not attempt to marry this with a quantitative approach. This talk will propose a research project based upon current work with the visual effects industry and its expansion to an analysis of skilled design and engineering technologists who do not to remain in the visual effects industry but transfer to positions in the broader technology sector.
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