Brain Drain in Higher Education: the case of the Southern European Countries and Ireland

Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 2:00am to 10:00am


Proposal Submission Deadline: March 20, 2016

Brain Drain in Higher Education: the case of the Southern European Countries and Ireland

A book edited by
Charalampos Giousmpasoglou, (University of West London)
Evangelia Marinakou, (University of West London)
Vasileios Paliktzoglou, (University of Eastern Finland)
To be published by Nova Publishing:

Propose a chapter for this book

Brain drain is increasingly a matter of concern within the EU, as more and more highly skilled people migrate from the European south to the north and west of the continent. This phenomenon refers to the migration of well-educated or talented people, i.e. highly skilled professionals, researchers, academics and students. The term ‘migration’ is used to define the geographical movement of individuals and groups, for temporary or permanent residency in another socio-cultural context. The causes for emigration are mainly financial, such as when the parent country’s economy is undergoing recession. The migration reasons may also be political or social, i.e. during the 7-year military dictatorship many Greek intellectuals and politicians, in order to escape imprisonment, relocated to other European countries or to the U.S. The term ‘brain drain’ was originally coined by the British Royal Society in the early 1960s; in this context it describes the migration of skilled workforce - more precisely the departure of British scientists and technicians to the U.S. and Canada. The phenomenon is most often associated with economic loss for those countries losing their highly skilled workforce. In Economics, this phenomenon is known as ‘human capital flight’, referring to the movement of the capital which is not invested in the country where it was created. Brain drain is usually also associated with social loss, since it refers to the exodus of highly specialized professionals, scientists, researchers, academics and students. Overall, the outflow of high-skilled individuals may have significant long-term implications for a country’s economic growth potential and its competitiveness, while the inflow of talented, skilled workers may stimulate economic growth and enhance competitiveness.
The subject area of the book will focus on the negative effects and constraints of brain drain in human resources management and national labour systems in the 6 European countries that suffered the consequences of the 2008 economic crisis most, namely Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Cyprus.  

Objective of the Book

The book will offer a collection of chapters on key consequences, challenges and strategies in the new economic environment that was shaped after the 2008 economic crisis in southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Cyprus) and Ireland in Higher Education; the content will cover issues such as the loss of Human Capital and competitiveness in HE institutes at national level, the collapse of research and innovation, the brain gain on behalf the receiving countries, the need for new national and E.U. policies regarding the migration/loss of highly qualified staff, just to name a few.

The book aims to be an international platform to bring together academics, researchers, lecturers, decision makers, policy makers, and practitioners to share new theories, research findings, and case studies, to enhance understanding and collaboration in issues related to the brain drain / brain gain phenomena within the EU from a Higher Education Management perspective. The book will also focus on the mistakes and misjudgments regarding the real dimensions of the problem on national and European (EU) level. 

The book will provide a single reference for Brain Drain in Higher Education for the Southern European Countries and Ireland. Readers will find the information related to the effects of the phenomenon. The book will cover the most important and common issues. The motivation behind writing this book stems from the fact that there is a lack of research on the field. Thus, this book will cover sources of information from which readers can learn any of the topics covered.

Target Audience
Professors in Academia, Deans, Heads of Departments, Directors of Masters, Faculty staff, Students (undergraduate and postgraduate level), Politicians, Public sector senior managers and Administrators, Policy makers, Corporate heads of firms, Senior general managers, Managing directors, Information technology directors and managers, Libraries, etc.
Projected Table of Contents:

-    Preface
-    Introduction
Country Case Studies:
-    Chapter 1: Ireland case study
-    Chapter 2: Portugal case study
-    Chapter 3: Spain case study
-    Chapter 4: Italy case study
-    Chapter 5: Greece case study
-    Chapter 6: Cyprus case study

Note: there can be more than one case studies for each of the above countries.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
-    The impact of economic crisis in Higher Education
-    Challenges for academics and researches
-    Quality in Higher Education
-    Academic Governance
-    Budget cuts and staff redundancies
-    Higher Education reforms
-    The role of EU in Higher Education
-    The link between the local labour markets and Higher Education
-    Academics and researchers mobility
-    Challenges in research funding
-    Academic staff and researchers’ shortages in EU countries
-    Higher Education national policy / strategy

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before March 20, 2016, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 30, 2015 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by May 15, 2016. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.
Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Brain Drain in Higher Education: the case of the Southern European Countries and Ireland.
All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted using the following email
Full chapters (5.000-15.000 words) may be submitted for this book at

This book is scheduled to be published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Nova is a STM publisher founded over 30 years ago in New York by the late Frank Columbus, the former Vice President of Plenum Publishing Corporation, now a part of Springer. Nadya Columbus is the current President of Nova Publishers and continues the work she and Frank started, along with her two daughters and a dedicated staff. Nova's main areas of publishing are the Social Sciences, Medicine and Biology and Science and Technology. We produce over 1,500 new titles by leading researchers each year, and have a network of expert authors, editors and advisors spanning the global academic community in pursuit of advanced research developments. Our publications include hardcover, softcover, electronic books, online publications, videos and DVDs, reference books, monographs and edited collections, as well as over 100 academic and professional journals in print and electronic formats. Many of our books are also currently available as Open Access. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in early 2017.

Important Dates
March 20, 2016: Proposal Submission Deadline
March 30, 2016: Notification of Acceptance
May 15, 2016: Full Chapter Submission
May 30, 2016: Review Results Returned
June 10, 2016: Final Chapters Due
Inquiries can be forwarded to


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