The FIGT Research Network had its initial meeting in 2007, as the TCK Research Network, and was comprised of passionate researchers meeting at the annual FIGT Conference. The TCK Research Network was renamed the FIGT Research Network in 2009 as interest in research at the FIGT conference continued to grow, and formally became a FIGT affiliate in 2018.
The goal of the FIGT Research Network (FRN) is to bring together producers and consumers of research promoting FIGT’s mission to: “Promote cross-sector connections for sharing research and developing best practices that support the growth, success and well-being of people crossing cultures around the world.”
Through the research network, members are able to share ideas, methods, and findings with others who understand and value research in the field. The network works to encourage, support and share both formal academic research and need based research produced by the globally mobile and/or those that work with them in answer to questions arising from their experiences and work.
The research network is one of the unique groups that connects research with practice. Practitioners in the field can share the impact of research in the workplace or identify areas needing additional inquiry or research.
FIGT Research Network Members have the opportunity to connect through the following efforts:
Additionally, the FIGT Research Network is working on new resources including a resource website, webinars, bibliography and an interactive membership map.
Ann Baker Cottrell, PhD, Sociology Professor Emerita at San Diego State University. Ann studied with John and Ruth Hill Useem who coined the term TCK, and did a large study of American Adult TCKs with them. She has lived in UK, India and Italy. Involved in the Research Network since the beginning, she loves learning about research on globally mobile families and particularly offering support; she has served as an outside member on a number of PhD dissertation committees.
Sarah Gonzales is Director of Graduate
Programs at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Law. She grew
up as a child in the Foreign Service and lived abroad in Taiwan, China,
Colombia, Ecuador and the Philippines.
She is passionate about supporting researchers in the field and started
her involvement with the network at the Houston conferences and has continued through DC, The Hague and now Bangkok. She is currently working on research
looking at the intersection of cultural intelligence and mediation skills of
Membership in the FIGT Research network is
free, and independent of membership in FIGT. To apply to be a part of the FIGT Research Network, complete the application form.
Visit the Events Page for upcoming activities.
Contact the FIGT Research Network Affiliate leadership team at firstname.lastname@example.org.