The research team was recruited for the specific purpose of participating in the “Polish immigrant organizations in Europe” project. Members of the research team stem from various fields of science and various academic units. All share a common interest in researching Polish migrations to other European countries.
Michał Nowosielski – Project manager
Sociologist, researcher in the Centre of Migration Research at the University of Warsaw, former director of the Poznań Institute for Western Affairs, member of the Committee for Migration Studies of Polish Academy of Sciences, IMISCOE Standing Committee DIVCULT and the Center for Migration Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Manager and participant of numerous research projects. His academic interests concentrate on migration issues and, in particular, on immigrant organizations, Poles in Germany and diaspora policies. Michał Nowosielski has also conducted research on social activity, civil society and social inequalities.
Witold Nowak – Research coordinator
Sociologist (M.A., Ph.D.) employed in the Centre of Migration Research (University of Warsaw) and graduated from the Institute of Sociology of Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań, Poland. Mr. Nowak has participated in numerous research projects in the field of social sciences. He specializes in sociological analyses of migration phenomena, the functioning of social minorities and the sociology of organization and management. Member of the European Sociological Association and Project Management Associate certified by the International Project Management Association.
Justyna Bell – Research team member
Justyna Bell has a PhD in Sociology from Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Currently a guest researcher at Norwegian Social Research (NOVA), Oslo. After defending her doctoral thesis, Bell worked as a research assistant at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland and Oxford University, Centre of Excellence for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast and University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Wroclaw, Poland. Bell’s research interests revolve around migration; public health; health and wellbeing; resilience; position of migrants in welfare states, family migration. Bell specializes in qualitative research methods.
Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz – Research team member
Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz is a sociologist. He is a graduate of the New School for Social Research in New York City and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics’ European Institute. He works as a consultant and researcher at the LSE Public Policy Group and he is Managing Editor of the LSE BrexitVote blog. He studies Europe as a cultural category, a political practice, and a social reality. He tweets @RochDW.
Marcin Fronia – Research team member
Sociologist and political scientist (graduated sociology and international relations), assistant and PhD Candidate in the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Science (IFiS PAN) and Executive Director in the Scientific Foundation Norden Centrum (Polish think tank focused on analyses of Nordic-Baltic region). Mr. Fronia has a wide experience in social research and international project management. He specializes in sociological analyses of sustainable development, civil society, public policies and institutional change. Among his scholarships, he obtained scholarships from Norwegian organization Fritt Ort and from Norwegian Financial Mechanism (EOG Norway Grants). Member of Polish Sociological Association, Polish Association of the Club of Rome and Young Scientists Team at the Prognosis Committee Poland 2000+ in Polish Academy of Science.
Michał Garapich – Research team member
Michał P. Garapich is a social anthropologist, lecturer and Research Fellow at University of Roehampton. His doctoral dissertation (Jagiellonian University of Cracow under the supervision of Prof. Zdzisław Mach) focused on the power relations and negotiation strategies with respect to ethnicity within Polish associations in the UK. He is an author of numerous research projects exploring migration strategies, ethnicity, social classification, functioning in multicultural environments, homelessness and political participation of Polish and other Central and Eastern European migrants in the UK. Recently, he has conducted research among the homeless and squatters in Peru. His monograph London’s Polish Borders. Transnationalizing Class and Ethnicity among Polish Migrants in London will be published by the Ibidem-Verlag publishing house in 2016.
Ignacy Jóźwiak – Research team member
Ethnologist (graduated from the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw as well as the Graduate School of Social Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences), researcher at the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw. His research interests cover the issues of ethnicity, state borders and migration processes in Central Europe. He has participated in a few research projects, and authored or coauthored articles, book chapters and research reports in these fields.
Jacek Kubera – Research team member
Jacek Kubera is a sociologist (PhD, MA) and a French philologist (MA, BA). He works in the Faculty of Sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. He conducted study visits at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences in Paris and at the Paris VII Diderot University. Recipient of scholarships from the France Government and the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Participant of research projects on integration policy and social research methodology. His scientific interests focus on transformations of national identities and identifications in migratory and urban context.
Agnieszka Legut – Research team member
Has written a doctoral dissertation in the field of Social Sciences. Graduated in European Studies and English Letters from Jagiellonian University. Completed a post-graduate course in Foreign Service at Warsaw School of Economics as well as one in Global Development at Warsaw University. Her academic interests include the migration-development nexus and, in particular, its impact on the country of origin. Her work is focused on immigrant organizations. She has an interest in immigration and development policies in the European Union.
Magdalena López Rodríguez – Research team member
Magdalena López Rodríguez (B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, M.A.in Anthropology of Development, M.Res.in Social and Educational Research, M.Phil., Ph.D.) is a research fellow currently researching the perceptions of children’s UK education by Polish migrant mothers and works on various migration-related projects. She has published papers on diverse aspects of migrant education and is currently involved in a project (ESRC) aimed at producing supporting materials for migrants and minorities in the UK (Middlesex University). Her research interests focus on analyses of cultural and social capital in migratory situations. She has extensive experience and expertise in qualitative research methods
Martyna Plucińska-Nowak – Research team member
Sociologist, graduated from the Institute of Sociology of Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań, Poland. Her research interests cover the issues of social integration, social policy and social order, however Mrs. Plucińska-Nowak is particularly interested in non-binding dispute resolution methods. She gathered her professional experience while working with the Polish Mediation Center, the Observatory of Social Integration in Poznań, Poland, the Poznań Institute for Western Affairs, various non-governmental organisations and research agencies. She actively works for popularisaton and professionalisation of mediation in Poland and conducts research in that field.
Łukasz Pomiankiewicz – Research team member
Łukasz Pomiankiewicz is a sociologist (PhD, MA) and a historian of philosophy (MA, BA) graduated at Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan. He conducted a study visit at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His research interests focus on philosophy of social science, agency/structure debate, reflexivity/habitus debate and social policy.
Aleksandra Sojka – Research team member
PhD in Social Sciences. Juan de la Cierva Fellow at the Department of Social Sciences at the University Carlos III in Madrid. Previously, she has been a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for European Studies at Harvard University (2016/17) and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Political Science, University of Granada, Spain. She holds degrees from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and University of Lodz, Poland. Her teaching and research interests include European Union politics and political sociology of Europe with a special focus on the politics and societies of Southern and Central Eastern Europe. Sojka’s research explores the role of supranational identification in European integration and processes of intra-European mobility, migration, and transnational experience as related to the development of European citizenship. Her research appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as European Union Politics and Revista Espanola de Ciencia Política, and as chapters in several edited books.
Monika Sokół-Rudowska – Research team member
Ethnologist (Ph.D.) working in Oppland Archives, Maihaugen in Lillehammer. She specializes in issues related to migration, multiculturalism and gender. Mrs. Sokół-Rudowska has participated in numerous Norwegian and Polish-Norwegian research projects as a researcher and project coordinator. “Outstanding Pole in Norway” Prize Winner in the Science category awarded by the Polish Promotional Emblem Foundation. Member of Norsk Antropologisk Forening, Norden Centrum Foundation and Patrimonium Europae Foundation.
Mikołaj Stanek – Research team member
Dr Mikołaj Stanek holds a doctoral degree in Sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is currently a lecturer at University of Salamanca. Previousely he worked at the Spanish National Research Council, Complutense University of Madrid and University of Coimbra. His research interests include migrations from Central and Eastern Europe to Spain, intra-European mobility in the context of economic crises and the labour market integration of migrants. He has been an external expert for the Independent Network of Labor Migration and Integration Experts (LINET) and the European Migration Network. He has participated in 14 research projects, authored or co-authored 3 books, 20 scientific articles (in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, International Sociology and Social Compass among others) as well as 20 book chapters.