Department of Population Studies

Fields of research

  • marriage and family from the demographic and sociological point of view
  • gender and sexuality; legal contexts of gender and sexuality
  • human trafficking on Poland: legal and economic contexts and factors determining the policy towards human trafficking in Central and Eastern Europe;
  • gender equality policy
  • demographic prospects in Poland
  • international migrations: theoretical and empirical studies; emmigration from Central and East Europe, migration in the Polish context (inclulding destinations of emigrants from Poland, remigration to Poland, Polish immigrants in Canada, and Canadian immigration policy)  
  • Middle Eastern civilizations
  • citizenship and democracy
  • education systems in Poland and abroad

Staff members


  • Ms Katarzyna Wojnicka
  • Ms Agata Mołdawska
  • Ms Karolina Krzystek
  • Ms Agnieszka Małek
  • Ms Małgorzata Krywult

Doctoral students

  • Ms Anna Bednarczyk
  • Mr Jan Klakla
  • Mr Radosław Nawojski
  • Ms Marzena Ples
  • Ms Anna Wróblewska

Ongoing projects

  • MIC. Men in Care: Workplace support for caring masculinities, EaSi Progress, Komisja Europejska, 2019-2022 (kierowniczka projektu dr Marta Warat, badaczka dr Ewa Krzaklewska)
  • ACT. Communities of Practice for Accelerating Gender Equality and Institutional Change in Research and Innovation across Europe, Horizon 2020, 2018-2021 (kierowniczka projektu dr Ewa Krzaklewska, badaczki dr Marta Warat, mgr Ewelina Ciaputa, dr Paulina Sekuła) -
  • CHILD-UP. Children Hybrid Integration: Learning Dialogue as a way of Upgrading Policies of Participation (Horizon 2020), 2019-2022 (prof. Krystyna Slany, dr Marta Wart, dr Justyna Struzik, dr Magdalena Ślusarczyk) -
  • TRACKs. Transition Children and Kindergarten, Erasmus+, 2017-2020 (kierowniczka projektu: dr Magdalena Ślusarczyk)
  • Disentangling European HIV/AIDS Policies: Activism, Citizenship and Health EUROPACH, Międzynarodowy, HERA– Humanities in the European Research Area, 2016-2019 (kierowniczka projektu dr Agata Dziuban, staż podoktorski - dr Justyna Struzik)
  • Mobilizacja społeczna na rzecz praw kobiet świadczących usługi seksualne w Polsce w kontekście transnarodowym, Narodowe Centrum Nauki, nr 016/23/N/HS6/00799, 2017-2019 (kierowniczka projektu mgr Anna Ratecka)
  • Niepełnosprawność, macierzyństwo, opieka. Autonomia reprodukcyjna i doświadczenia macierzyństwa kobiet z niepełnosprawnościami w Polsce. Narodowe Centrum Nauki, nr 2015/19/N/HS6/00789, 2016-2019 (kierowniczka projektu mgr Agnieszka Król, opieka naukowa dr hab. Beata Kowalska)

Completed projects

  • GENERA. Gender Equality Network in European Research Area, Horizon 2020, 2015-2018 -
  • ABC of Youth Work. Erasmus+, Unia Europejska. 2016-2018 -
  • TRANSFAM. Doing family in transnational context. Demographic choices, welfare adaptations, school integration and every-day life of Polish families living in Polish- Norwegian transnationality, Fundusze Norweskie, 2013-2016 -
  • GEQ. Gender Equality and Quality of Life. How gender equality can contribute to development in Europe. A study of Poland and Norway, we współpracy z Center for Gender Research (Oslo University), Collegium Medicum UJ i HELSAM (Oslo University), Fundusze Norweskie, 2013-2016 -
  • Od kompleksowej diagnozy sytuacji osób niepełnosprawnych w Polsce do nowego modelu polityki społecznej wobec niepełnosprawności - Moduł VI Genderowy wymiar niepełnosprawności, we współpracy z AGH, PFRON 2012-2013
  • Równe Traktowanie Standardem Dobrego Rządzenia, Kancelaria Prezesa Rady Ministrów – Biuro Pełnomocnika Rządu ds. Równego Traktowania, Kapitał Ludzki, 2010-2011
  • FeMiPol. 6 Framework Programme EU GRANT: Integration of Female ImMigrants in Labour Market and Society. Policy Assessment and Policy Recommendations, 2006-2008


  • Autonomy Foundation
  • AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków
  • JU Institute of European Studies
  • Centre for International Studies, Warsaw
  • Committee on Migration Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Committee on Demographic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Institute of Public Affairs
  • Municipal Social Welfare Centre in Kraków
  • Centre for Education and Social Prevention
  • Centre for Gender Research, Oslo
  • NOVA - Norwegian Social Research
  • Agder Research, Kristiansand, Norway

Disability, motherhood, care. Reproductive autonomy and motherhood experiences of women with disabilities in Poland.

The present study aims to analyze the experiences of women with disabilities in Poland with regard to motherhood and reproduction. The research is situated within the field of critical disability studies, which goes beyond the social model of disability, incorporating such concepts as ableism, embodiment, locality, and intersectionality. The latter concept provides a theoretical framework for the feminist analysis of intersecting social positionality, in this case: gender and disability. The research employs the concepts of reproductive autonomy, stratified reproduction, and reproductive justice to explore complex practices of negotiating autonomy and subversion of ableist norms by women with disabilities. By doing so, it engages with questions on who can be a parent and who decides upon that.

The research questions address how women with disabilities practice motherhood, experience childlessness, what challenges they face in the reproductive realm, and how they cope with them. Thus, the study engages with the understanding of the relationship between reproductive decisions and disability, construction of norms in the parenthood of persons with disabilities, and the role of social, cultural, and structural factors in shaping these experiences. The research is based on the qualitative analysis of individual in-depth interviews and three group interviews with fifty women with physical or sensory disabilities. The study applies feminist and enabling methodologies.

The results situate the motherhood of women with disabilities in relation to the organizing concepts: accessibility, family practices, impairment effects, surveillance, and institutionalized ableism. I analyze articulations of mothers with disabilities' experiences that revolve around these categories, pointing out tensions between accessibility and agency, autonomy and interdependence, privacy, and relations with institutions. The analysis of childlessness of disabled women focuses on women’s vision of parenthood within the expected life trajectory, embodiment and perceived impairment effects on reproductive decision-making, as well as social control mechanisms that sustain childlessness among women with disabilities. The reproductive experiences of women with disabilities are discussed in the context of their position on the labor market, housing situation, and freedom from violence as key elements for reproductive justice and independent living, which allows to show the structural factors and their relation to the social transformations around gender and disability.

Published Date: 06.04.2021
Published by: Olga Maciejewska