Tech in the News: Q&A with Mary Frank Fox: Time to Ditch the Leaky Pipeline Model

Mary Frank Fox, ADVANCE professor

Posted May 30, 2018

External Article: Nature-Index

Mary Frank Fox, ADVANCE professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology, was interviewed in Nature Index, May 25, “Q&A Mary Frank Fox: Time to Ditch the Leaky Pipeline Model.” The School of Public Policy is part of the Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.


Science revolves around the cooperation of individuals and groups, and entails human and material resources. Collaborative linkages are becoming more global, and work conducted with international collaborators is more influential. International collaboration is especially consequential in Europe where mobility and collaboration are explicitly designated as markers for advancement in ranks.

I am currently working on a project with two scientists in Spain — Carolina Cañibano and Javier Otamendi — looking at gender and mobility of European researchers. We find that men are more likely to be mobile for research. Confidence about career prospects is a factor in predicting who is mobile internationally, and women are often less optimistic about their prospects.

Interestingly, the largest gap in mobility appears in established career stages. This goes back to the point that formal factors of seniority and time do not accomplish gender equity.

For the full interview, visit the Nature Index website.