Professor Louise Ackers holds a Chair in Social Policy in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences at the University of Salford UK.
Her research focuses on highly skilled mobility and knowledge transfer processes. Much of her work has explored mobility in the context of science careers and the internationalisation of research. In addition to academic outputs she has worked closely with the research councils in the UK and with the European Commission in the development of policy on internationalisation, impact and research careers. Professor Ackers has been involved in a number of evaluations on researcher mobility including a study on the participation of women in the Marie Curie Programme (DG Research, 2003); an Impact Assessment of the Marie Curie Fellowships (DG Research, 2005), a follow-up impact assessment of the Marie Curie Scheme (2010) and an
Evaluation of the Impact of the Framework Programme on the Formation of the European Research Area (ERA) in the Social Sciences and Humanities(2010). She is currently coordinating an FP7 project on the careers, mobilities and impacts of doctoral graduates in the social sciences and humanities (POCARIM). She is also applying her expertise in this area to the specific context of mobile professional voluntarism in the reduction of maternal mortality Uganda. Professor Ackers, in her capacity as Trustee of the Liverpool-Mulago-Partnership (LMP) co-ordinates the Ugandan Maternal and Newborn Hub and the THET funded Sustainable Volunteering Project (for details see www.lmpcharity.org