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Current position: Research Fellow

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Professional and Research Experience: Carolina Cañibano is a research fellow at INGENIO, a mixed research institute of the National Research Council and the Polytechnic University of Valencia, in Spain. She was trained as an economist at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, where she obtained her PhD in 2004. She has been a visiting researcher at the OECD (1999), at the University of Sussex (2003), the Georgia Institute of Technology (2006) and the University of Western Sydney (2009). She has participated in various national and international research projects. She has recently been a lead investigator in the Spanish funded project (Prest-Ence Spain) exploring the interconnections between the construction of academic excellence and prestige, with a special focus on social science and humanities.


Carolina’s research focuses on the theoretical and empirical investigation of research careers, human capital and economic change from an evolutionary perspective. She has made theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions to the socio-economics of science by addressing research questions regarding the dynamics of geographical mobility and career development of researchers and the knowledge diffusion processes that derive from mobility. Recently she has focused on the gendered dimension of research careers and mobility patterns.  She has also contributed to addressing the role of human intentionality in the shaping of economic evolution. At present, her theoretical efforts are targeted at providing the micro-foundations for an evolutionary theory of human capital.


Fields of expertise: Scientific and technical human capital, human resources for science and technology, mobility of researchers, science policy, science and technology indicators, economic theory of innovation.

A conceptual framework for studying science research careers
Carolina Cañibano, Richard Woolley, Eric J. Iversen, Sybille Hinze, Stefan Hornbostel, Jakob Tesch, 2019. In: The Journal of Technology Transfer.
10.1007/s10961-018-9659-3


A conceptual framework for studying science research careers
Carolina Cañibano, Richard Woolley, Eric J. Iversen, Sybille Hinze, Stefan Hornbostel, Jakob Tesch, 2018. In: The Journal of Technology Transfer.
10.1007/s10961-018-9659-3


The evaluation of research excellence and the dynamics of knowledge production in the humanities: The case of History in Spain
Carolina Cañibano, Immaculada Vilardell, Carmen Corona, Carlos Benito-Amat, 2018. In: Science and Public Policy.
10.1093/scipol/scy025


Toward an evolutionary theory of human capital
Carolina Cañibano, Jason Potts, 2018. In: Journal of Evolutionary Economics.
10.1007/s00191-018-0588-y


An inquiry into the return mobility of scientific researchers in Europe
Cañibano, C, Vértesy, D., Vezzulli, A., 2017. In: EUR. Scientific and technical research series.
10.2760/54633


Dinámicas organizativas en los departamentos universitarios españoles: Diversidad estratégica y rigideces institucionales
Carolina Cañibano, Carmen Corona, Jordi Molas, Immaculada Vilardell, 2017. In: EKONOMIAZ. Revista vasca de Economía.


The economic rationality of NOvative behavior
Carolina Cañibano, María-Isabel Encinar, Félix-Fernando Muñoz, 2017. In: .


Gender and patterns of temporary mobility among researchers
Carolina Cañibano, Mary Frank Fox, F. Javier Otamendi , 2016. In: Science and Public Policy.
10.1093/scipol/scv042


Nanotechnology researchers' collaboration relationships: A gender analysis of access to scientific information
Africa Villanueva Felez, Richard Woolley, Carolina Cañibano, 2015. In: Social Studies of Science.
10.1177/0306312714552347


Toward a socio-economics of the brain drain and distributed human capital
Carolina Cañibano & Richard Woolley, 2015. In: International Migration.
10.1111/imig.12020


On the role of intentionality in evolutionary economic change
Felix Muñoz, M. Isabel Encinar, Carolina Cañibano, 2014. In: .


El Sistema de Innovación de España
Cañibano-Sanchez,C.;Castro-Martínez,E., 2011. In: .


International temporary mobility of researchers: a cross-discipline study
Cañibano-Sanchez,C.;Otamendi-Fernández-de-la-Puebla,F.;Solís-Cabrera,F., 2011. In: Scientometrics.
10.1007/s11192-011-0462-2


Los sistemas de innovación en Europa
Cañibano-Sanchez,C.;Castro-Martínez,E., 2011. In: .


On the role of intentionality in evolutionary economic change
Muñoz-Pérez,F.;Encinar-del-Pozo,M.;Cañibano-Sanchez,C., 2011. In: Structural Change and Economic Dynamics.
10.1016/j.strueco.2011.04.002


Investigación y movilidad internacional: análisis de las estancias en centros extranjeros de los investigadores andaluces
Cañibano-Sanchez,C.;Otamendi-Fernández-de-la-Puebla,F.;Solís-Cabrera,F., 2010. In: Revista Española de Documentación Científica.
10.3989/redc.2010.3.736


Curriculum vitae method in science policy and research evaluation: the state of the art
Cañibano-Sanchez,C.;Bozeman,B., 2009. In: Research Evaluation.


Econonomía del Conocimiento y la Innovación: nuevas aproximaciones a una relación compleja
Cañibano-Sanchez,C.;Encinar-del-Pozo,M.;Muñoz-Pérez,F., 2008. In: .


Elena Castro, Paula Otero y Carolina Canibaño, investigadoras de INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) han realizado el estudio de base del informe 'Mujeres e Innovación 2020', que fue presentado ayer por la tarde por…

El pasado jueves día 6 de septiembre de 2018 se presentaron los resultados del proyecto EXTRA a la Red de Universidades Valencianas para el fomento de la Investigación, el Desarrollo y la Innovación…

The Times Higher Education article: Overseas research rite of passage ‘discriminates against women’ makes special reference to the work "Gender and patterns of temporary mobility among researchers"…






The overall objective of the project is to build a distributed infrastructure on data relevant for research and innovation dynamics and policies.
It does so through three…

A Functional Review of Literature on Research Careers
Richard Woolley, Carolina Cañibano, Jakob Tesch
INGENIO Working Papers Series - 2016-05
El Sistema Español de Innovación
Carolina Cañibano Sánchez, Elena Castro-Martínez
INGENIO Working Papers Series - 2010-09
Scientific mobility and development: toward a socioeconomic conceptual framework
Richard Woolley, Carolina Cañibano
INGENIO Working Papers Series - 2010-07
Internationalisation as transformation: trans-national mobility and research careers in the human and social sciences
Cañibano, Carolina; Corona, Carmen; Woolley, Richard
23rd Internacional Conference on Science and Technology Indicators
Assessing micro-level effects of macro-level interventions: a comparison between perceived evaluation pressure and scientific productivity in History
Cañibano, Carolina; Corona, Carmen
23rd International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators
Gender and International Mobility of European Researchers
Carolina Cañibano, Mary Frank Fox, F. Javier Otamendi
Atlanta Conference onf Sience and Innovation Policy
Author meets Critics Session Women in Global Science
Kathrin Zippel, Mary Frank Fox, Carolina Cañibano, Monica Gaughan
Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy
Tracing scientific mobility of Early Career Researchers in Spain and The Netherlands through their publications
Robinson-Garcia, N., Cañibano, C., Woolley, R., Costas, R.
STI Conference 2016
Un análisis de género de las estrategias de colaboración de los científicos españoles en nanotecnología
Africa Villanueva-Felez, Richard Woolley, Carolina Cañibano-Sanchez
XI Congreso Español de Sociología. Crisis y Cambio. Propuestas desde la Sociologia.
Rethinking the economic properties of human capital: is human capital a private good?
Cañibano Sánchez, Carolina; Richard Wooley
15th Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics
Gender and International Mobility among Scientific Researchers
Carolina Cañibano, Mary Frank Fox, F. Javier Otamendi
2013 Conference of the Eu-SPRI Forum: Management of Innovation Policies
Temporary international mobility as a driver and outcome of research activity
Cañibano-Sanchez,C.
Internationalisation in higher education: Socio-legal perspectives on contemporary mobilities
Beyond the economics of brain drain
Cañibano-Sanchez,C.;Woolley,R.
The 8th GLOBELICS International Conference. 1-3 Noviembre 2010
Investigación y movilidad internacional: análisis de las estancias en centros extranjeros de los investigadores andaluces
Cañibano-Sanchez,C.;Otamendi-Fernández-de-la-Puebla,F.;Solís-Cabrera,F.
X Congreso Español de Sociología 1-3 Julio 2010