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.
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 TCKs.
Danau Tanu (PhD) is the author of Growing Up in Transit: The Politics of Belonging at an International School and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. She is of mixed-heritage and grew up in Canada, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore. She has published in-depth, ethnographic studies on TCKs, international schools and mixed-race identities and joined the FRN leadership team after the 2019 Bangkok conference. She is passionate about making TCK research accessible across disciplines and to the public.
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.
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