The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 42, Issue 6, pp 1292–1306 | Cite as

International research collaboration among women engineers: frequency and perceived barriers, by regions

  • Mary Frank FoxEmail author
  • Mary Lynn Realff
  • Diana Roldan Rueda
  • Jillian Morn


International research collaboration is on the rise—and at the same time, women face potential barriers. Based on responses to surveys conducted among groups of women engineers, this article addresses (1) women’s frequency of international research collaboration; (2) the barriers to collaboration reported for both self and for other women; and (3) the patterns among women students as well as professionals, by national regions. Findings of this study have implications for policies to broaden participation in the increasingly important arena of international research collaboration, based on women in engineering, the scientific field in which women are most underrepresented. This makes the case focal for the study of women, science, and policy.


Women Research collaboration International Engineering Science Policy 

JEL Classification

O32 O35 O38 



The research reported here was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation (award #1047714). For comments on an earlier draft of this article, we thank Carolina Canibano.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Frank Fox
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mary Lynn Realff
    • 2
  • Diana Roldan Rueda
    • 1
  • Jillian Morn
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Public PolicyGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.School of Materials Science and EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.College of ComputingGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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