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The project received funding from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020

  • Project leader: dr hab. Piotr Nowak
  • Team members:
    prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Gorlach
    dr hab. Piotr Nowak
    dr Anna Witowska-Jastrzębiec
    Adam Dąbrowski, MA.
  • Project duration: 2015-2018

Description: SUFISA aims to identify practices and policies that support the sustainable development of agricultural producers in relation to the comprehensive policy requirements for agriculture and rural areas, as well as negative market effects and globalization. Knowledge of market forces and other factors exists today in a very fragmented way. Agricultural producer groups and regions have so far not been sufficiently analyzed in the context of recently changed market conditions. In addition, little information is available on the linkages between factors, future opportunities and threats that should be considered in the overall analysis. The implementation of the SUFISA project is based on close cooperation with entities from the field of producers, policy-makers and representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations. The combination of theoretical analyzes and the participation of many actors from these structures is a prerequisite for identifying actions and policies aimed at counteracting the negative effects of the functioning of the market, so as to ensure the sustainable activity of farmers and fishermen.

The five specific objectives of the SUFISA project include:

  1. Construction of a conceptual framework linking the negative aspects of the functioning of the market and the requirements of policy-making that are able to ensure the functioning of farms.
  2. Research on the essence of negative aspects of the functioning of the market, policy requirements and their consequences for specific products and regions.
  3. Analysis of the impact of negative aspects of the functioning of the market and policy requirements on the functioning and efficiency of farmers.
  4. Identification of sustainable practices and policies in the agriculture, fisheries and food production sectors that support the functioning of direct producers and the development of future scenarios that counter the negative consequences of market forces.
  5. Undertaking activities as part of an interdisciplinary project focused on a multi-actor approach, i.e. primarily a wide range of stakeholders, which is to ensure not only its appropriate substantive level, but also the correct dissemination of its results.

Project partners:
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium
Universita Di Pisa (UNIPI), Italy
University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Fondation Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement Durable et les Relations Internationales (IDDRI), France
Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita Di Bologna (UNIBO), Italy
Universiteit Hasselt (UHasselt), Belgium
Nodibinajums Baltic Studies Center (BSC), Latvia
Universidade de Evora, Portugal
Aarhus Universitet (AU), Denmark
Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), Greece
Hochschule für Nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (HNEE), Germany
Jagiellonian University, Poland
Economics Faculty - Univerzitet U Beogradu (BEL), Serbia
University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Denmark

More information about the SUFISA project on the website:

  • Project leader: dr Paulina Sekuła
  • Team members: dr Paula Pustułka, Ewa Krzaklewska, Justyna Struzik
  • Project duration: 2015-2018
  • Project website:

GENERA is a project aiming at continuing, monitoring and improving the Gender Equality Plans of Research Institutions and Organizations specifically in the physics research field. These three actions will be performed by a Consortium of 12 beneficiary partner research performing and research funding organizations, and a number of associate partners and observers. The GENERA Consortium includes a considerable representation of women physicists active in their careers at different levels and will engage with further women physicists active in various Institutions to benchmark and monitor the effectiveness of already active and previously proposed measures and the ones which will be proposed by the Consortium. The end goal is to propose and create organizational structures allowing physics research in Europe to benefit from the greater presence of talented women at all levels, and which can open up more opportunities for women to create successful careers in physics research and in related fields. While the end goal will focus on the research world, GENERA will look into the origin of the problem by creating liaisons with schools and proposing suitable programs to foster the field from early stages and to propose measures that can be adopted by middle and high schools. Another major goal of GENERA is to contribute to overcome the under-representation of women in physics research which is long-standing and persistent even if the prevailing cultures adopt the assumption of being ‘gender neutral'. Still these assumptions did not produce the desired effect of increasing female representation in the physics research field. GENERA will focus on the implementation by European research organization of Gender Equality Plans customized to circumstances and needs of the physics research community. The customised Gender Equality Plans involve systematic examination of all decision-making processes to identify any possible sources of gender bias in the research organisations active in physics and related fields. Partnerzy: Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron A Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association (DESY), Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), Netherlands, Karlsruhe Institut of Technology (KIT), Germany, Portia Ltd, United Kingdom, National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Italy, Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG), Germany, JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Austria, University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, National Research Council (CNR), Italy, Horia Hulubei National Institute for R&D in Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH). Romania, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France.

The project received funding from the National Science Center

  • Project leader: prof. dr hab. Irena Borowik
  • Project duration: 2015-2017

Description: The aim of the project is to understand the importance of religion in the public sphere in Poland by discovering the role that references to religion play in legitimizing discourses on controversial issues related to the field of biopolitics. Each discourse, understood as a space for constructing meanings, requires specific legitimations, i.e. ways of explaining and justifying the socially created order. This is also true of the field of biopolitics, i.e. the space of different discourses on corporeality, sexuality or the limits of life and death. The starting point of the research is the assumption that references to religion significantly differentiate the models of legitimation used in discourses and the public opinion about them. Research planned as part of the project will focus on several main issues. First, it is about identifying and analyzing the legitimacy models used in the field of biopolitics by various discourse communities. Second, it will be interesting for us to discover the role of religious references in justifying positions taken on such fundamental issues. Thirdly, we want to get an answer to the question of what is the distribution of public support for individual models of legitimacy by conducting representative nationwide surveys.

The project was prepared by a team composed of:
prof. dr hab. Irena Borowik
Dr. Agnieszka Dyczewska
dr Katarzyna Zielińska
dr Marcin Zwierżdżyński
Joanna Mleczko

  • Project leader: prof. dr hab. Krystyna Slany
  • Research team:
    dr hab. Beata Kowalska
    Dr. Marta Warat
    Ewa Krzaklewska, M.Sc.
    Anna Ratecka, M.Sc.
    Aleksandra Migalska, MA
  • Project duration:  2013-2016

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Jagiellonian University Medical College
Center for Gender Research at the University of Oslo (STK)
The Institute of Health and Society at the University of Oslo (HELSAM)

Description: The main aim of the project is to investigate gender equality and its impact on quality of life and social development. In our proposed approach to gender equality, we will focus on the relationship between gender equality and individuals' striving to achieve a satisfying and healthy life, while referring to the cultural and institutional determinants of these relationships. The research methods that will be used in this project are, above all, questionnaire studies that will be carried out in Poland, supplemented by the analysis of existing data and social policies, as well as qualitative research conducted in Poland and Norway. We intend to conduct the first research in Poland that will focus on gender equality, based on the method of measuring gender equality developed by the Center for Gender Research of the University of Oslo. The survey will focus on seven areas of gender equality: norms and attitudes, practices, resource distribution, experiences in the perspective of individuals' lives, quality of life and social development. All these dimensions will be analyzed over the course of life, in various areas, from work, through family life, political participation, decision-making, to the experience of violence. The results of this research will allow to identify the existing inequalities, to distinguish structural, cultural and institutional determinants of gender equality, and to identify the conditions that favor the positive impact of gender equality on the quality of life and social development. The results of the project will primarily contribute to the development of theoretical knowledge in the field of gender equality, and the new framework for studying gender equality developed in the course of the project will provide a stimulus for new, more cross-cutting and effective gender mainstreaming strategies in Poland and Norway.

  • Project leader: prof. dr hab. Krystyna Slany
  • Project members: 
    dr Magdalena Ślusarczyk
    Justyna Struzik
    Stella Strzemecka
    Paula Pustułka
    Ewa Krzaklewska
  • Project duration: 2013 - 2016

Center for International Relations, Agderforskning (Agder Research)
NOVA - Norskinstitutt for forskningomoppvekst, velferdogaldring (Norwegian Social Research)

The proposed project responds to the 'Social sciences and bilateral relations' area of the core call, focusing on the issues of migration. The study analyzes population flow between Poland and Norway, contextualized in the broader discourses of intra-European labour mobility and specific field of transnational family studies. Recent intensification of human mobility between Poland and Norway, as well as problems encountered by migrants and institutions serve as rationale for this project, justifying the need for development of a recommendable action plan to improve the bilateral relations. A vast array of quantitative(survey, statistical analysis) and qualitative (biographic/in-depth interviews, sociometric, focus group and visual tools) research methods will be used across the project, which will further benefit from extensive data-sharing and findings-exchange between research teams. Multi-level involvement of stake-holders concerned with consequences of migration is planned, as migrant family members, teachers, social workers and institutions will be approached and examined in two geographical locations. The project is driven by tangible results in a form of policy recommendations, as well as enrichment of scientific/scholarly as well as public/community knowledge about Polish-Norwegian migration, which will be obtained through multi-sited interdisciplinary empirical social research, and subsequent educational, dissemination- and promotion-related activities (workshops, conferences). The consortium tackling the TRANSFAM project consists of specialists in their respective fields, granting timely and expertly fulfillment of the aforementioned objectives. In conclusion, the envisioned evidence-driven policy-building of this bilateral project is in high demand for urgent exploration.

The project received funding from the National Science Center

  • Project leader: dr hab. Jacek Nowak
  • Team members:
    A. Niedźwieńska
    S. Kapralski
    D. Niedźwiedzki
    A. Dziuban
  • Project duration: 2013-2016

Description: The subject of the planned research is the mechanism and strategies of building collective memory about Jewish culture in local communities in south-eastern Poland. We want to investigate how the memory of Jews is transmitted in intergenerational transmission and to recognize the state and condition of this inherited memory. We are interested in social processes taking place in the local environment that model ways of processing memory about the past. We will show how the current interests of communities create models of remembering Jewish culture. Our research hypotheses are mainly aimed at explaining the mechanisms of forgetfulness. We assume that the memory of the oldest generation about Jewish culture is blurred and their memories are not included in the identity narratives of the surveyed local communities. This is because the memory of Jewish culture is not used by younger generations in creating a community identity. We will try to answer the question why the next generations do not want to remember that culture? We attach particular importance to examining the very mechanism of transmitting the memory of the past between generations. Using the workshop of social anthropology, sociology and psychology, we will focus on explaining the process of interference and blurring the traces of memory. We want to answer the following questions: Do selected communities remember Jewish culture and how? What strategies do they choose in the process of working through the local memory of the past? How is this memory transmitted in intergenerational transmissions?

  • Project leader: dr hab. prof. UJ Marek Kucia
  • Project duration: 2013-2014

Description: The Holocaust, i.e. the destruction of almost six millions of European Jews between 1933 and 1945, after having faded into oblivion in the late 1940s and 50s, has been a matter of developing national memories in Western Europe, Israel and the USA since the 1960s and a part of cosmopolitan and European memory since the 1990s. In Eastern Europe (EE), where the Holocaust had largely happened, its memory hardly developed until the end of the communist rule in 1989-91. The general objective of this project is to assess to what extent, how and why the cosmopolitan and (West) European memory of the Holocaust has contributed to the development of the Holocaust memory in EE since 1989. The research concerns primarily the former communist-ruled countries that joined the European Union in 2004 and 2007, with references to other post-communist countries in the east of the continent (except for Russia). The project aims (1) to assess how much national and cosmopolitan/[West] European Holocaust memory there is in the EE countries; (2) to analyse the Europeanisation of the Holocaust memories in the EE countries through European organisations: the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust, the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research; the Council of Europe; the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe; and, particularly, the European Union; and (3) to discuss the causes of slower development of the Holocaust memory in EE. The research involves: (1) the analysis of the Holocaust organisations, memorials, remembrance, education, and public awareness in EE; (2) the analysis of the participation of the EE countries in the Holocaust remembrance within selected European organisations, including the analysis of the Holocaust-related debates in and documents of the European Parliament; (3) the study of the politics of memory of selected EE countries in regard to the Holocaust, with reference to its history.

The project received funding from the National Science Center

  • Project leader: Dr. Marcjanna Nóżka
  • Project duration: 2013-2016

Description: The aim of the project is to identify and analyze cognitive representations of the environment of socially excluded people, as well as their impact on territorial behavior. Using the cognitive perspective in sociological research, I focus on identifying relationships between taking a specific social position and the way of perceiving the environment. I am interested in the relationship in which knowledge about the environment remains with territorial behaviors, which are manifested, for example, by building specific relationships with other people, taking on specific social roles. It was hypothetically assumed that the experience of exclusion may be an independent variable influencing the perception of the environment. What I mean here is a socially shared image of physical space, which does not depend solely on living together. The question, then, is: what is the knowledge of socially excluded people in relation to the physical environment? Is it possible to speak of a specific, for socially excluded people, perception and schematization of space? The project covers such detailed issues as: personalizing space; its boundaries and their "permeability"; the sense of identification with the place.

  • Project leader: dr hab. Maria Świątkiewicz-Mośna, prof. UJ
  • Team members: dr hab. Aleksandra Wagner, prof. Jagiellonian University, Angelika Grab, Natalia Ożegalska-Łukasik, MA
  • Project duration: 2018-2019
  • Project website:

Description: The aim of the project is to popularize science, especially sociology among children and adolescents. Scientific research in the field of the sociology of communication finds its application in everyday experience, including at school. Knowledge and competences in this area seem to be crucial in the context of the work market in which students will participate in the future.

The project involves the development of a set of workshop scenarios aimed at building communication skills of primary school students. The LoKOMoTYWA team in close cooperation with teachers developed scenarios for the workshops. From October 2018 to June 2019, the trainers conducted workshops according to these scenarios in 3 primary schools. The students learned, among other things, how to listen actively, how to receive compliments and how to think critically. All this in an atmosphere of creative fun.

Aleksandra Wagner
Marta Warat
Marta Smagacz-Poziemska
Marcjanna Nóżka
Paulina Polak
Wit Hubert
Maria Świątkiewicz-Mośna

People supporting the trainers:
Angelika Grab
Natalia Ożegalska-Łukasik
Adam Dąbrowski
Daria Michoń-Zgolik
Olga Maciejewska

The project received funding from the National Science Center 

  • Project leader: dr hab. Aleksandra Wagner, prof. UJ
  • Team members :
    dr hab. Maria Światkiewicz-Mośna, prof. UJ
    dr hab. Marian Niezgoda, prof. UJ
    Katarzyna Rabiej
  • Project duration: 2017-2021

Description: Thinking about the future - understood as what may or should happen - is an indispensable element of public policies. It is always connected with choice and evaluation, but also with the unknown: uncertainty, risk, ignorance. The modern increase in knowledge and the variety of activities undertaken by people also result in the increase in ignorance - each newly discovered area makes us aware of the existence of new, undiscovered opportunities, each new action may have unforeseen consequences. Planning of activities is one of the ways of dealing with the uncertain future, taming it, reducing it to the implemented scenario of activities. Societies have developed different ways of relating to the future - closing it by limiting options and controlling risk e.g. with numbers and probability calculus, statistics and forecasts - or, on the contrary, opening the future by allowing new scenarios such as utopias, futurological visions, etc. Often they are related to the criticism of the current state and call for a change. Working out ways to deal with the growing risk and uncertainty of future events is today one of the basic challenges of public policies. Energy policy is one of the key public policies. Related to technological development and the availability of energy resources, it refers to the near, but also more distant future. Global politics and economics do not allow it to be shaped only in relation to local conditions, because its effects will be felt for the region and the planet. In recent years, the idea of ​​energy transformation - a change based on new patterns of thinking about energy, perceiving it in not only infrastructural and economic dimensions, but also social ones, is gaining in importance. problems. European policy and energy policies of the Member States are aimed at some (possibly coherent) goal. The vision of the future world and society - be it radically different or evolving or finally retaining its form for as long as possible - are essential to patterns of thinking and defining the energy transition.

The aim of the project is to recreate and compare these visions of the future underlying 3 levels of discourse: key strategic documents, media statements and individual statements by representatives of groups that have an influence or are trying to influence the shaping of energy policy in Poland. These three types of discourse will be analyzed in order to extract and interpret the hidden functions of the visions of the future and will allow to characterize the changes that they have undergone over time. Moreover, the reconstructed and recreated visions of the future will be compared to those contained in regulatory documents at the European level, which influence the shape of Poland's energy strategy. We will look for answers to the questions: what visions of the future lie behind the planned activities, what values, resources, tools are their elements? What roles do these visions play in communicating energy policies - do they justify actions already taken, or maybe a framework for the proposed change? How do similarities, interrelationships or differences and inconsistencies affect the processes of dealing with the energy future? The obtained answers will increase the critical awareness of decision-makers and citizens, make the energy policy more transparent, which in turn will contribute to civic participation and responsibility. To achieve this goal, we will use various techniques of text analysis - quantitative, such as frequency lists, cluster analysis and qualitative - situational analysis, hermeneutic analysis applied in the framework of the Critical Discourse Analysis approach.

The project received funding from the National Science Center

  • Project leader: prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Gorlach
  • Team members:
    prof. Patrick H. Mooney (University of Kentucky, USA)
    prof. Jan Douve van der Ploeg (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
    dr Zbigniew Drąg (Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University)
    dr Adam Mielczarek (Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University)
    Maria Kotkiewicz, M.Sc. (Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University)
    Adam Dąbrowski, M.Sc. (Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University)
    Martyna Wierzba-Kubat, MA (Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University)
  • Project duration: 2016-2021

Description: The title of the project was worded in a perverse way. At first glance, it may suggest a mistake in quoting a well-known slogan that reflects the essence and logic of the functioning of the globalized world. It means that in order to do anything actually in a certain place, all the issues raised must be treated with a global reference, as concrete ways of manifesting more general problems, characteristic of many societies scattered around the world. The project analyzes the complex development mechanism that constitutes the essence of a globalized society, which indicates the need for local people, organizations and resources to participate in supra-local social networks. Therefore, we attempt to analyze the functioning of family farms in Poland, taking into account their regional diversity and participation in supra-local networks. The study will allow for a comprehensive overview of rural areas, primarily from the perspective of farmers. The project is a unique in-depth analysis of the processes taking place in rural areas in Poland. Its results will allow to assess the consequences of accession to the structures of the European Union, assess the issue of sustainable development in agriculture and prepare the ground for international comparative research in this area of ​​science. The project uses various research paths, developed on the basis of a combination of the field of social and agricultural sciences and within the framework of social sciences, taking into account the perspective of sociology, economics and history. As part of the project, the following will be carried out: 1) An analysis of the relationship between households and farms, especially in terms of land ownership and lease, agricultural work performed by family members, neighborhood and contract work, work outside agriculture. 2) The construction of social portraits of farmers. Research on identity, perception of social position in relation to other entrepreneurs, the course of decision-making processes, including sources and types of knowledge, factors taken into account and general objectives of running a farm; reconstruction of the ideal family farm type agriculture, attitudes towards external financing and other resources. 3) Analysis of the class differentiation of farm operators in relation to the Weber and Bourdieu theory. Identification of the main divisions due to owned resources. Analysis of lifestyles, dominant ideologies, management strategies and class consciousness. 4) Analysis of the system of representing the interests of farmers: the relationship between the state and groups of farmers that have taken over the institutionalized form. 5) Study of the "sustainable world view" of farmers, study to what extent farm profiles correspond to sustainable farming models.

Project Disentangling European HIV / AIDS Policies: Activism, Citizenship and Health is implemented by the Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Basel, Goldsmiths - University of London and the Jagiellonian University as part of the Uses of the Past program financed by the HERA - Humanities in the European Research Area network

  • Project leader: dr Agata Dziuban
  • Project team: dr Agata Dziuban, dr Justyna Struzik (postdoc researcher)
  • Project duration: 2016-2019


  1. Project background: While it is assumed that European countries share certain healthcare standards, these differ significantly in terms of HIV infection rate and resources allocated to prevention and treatment. These differences result from the specificity of local political processes, developed health policies or forms of activism. A consequence of these divergences is the multiplicity of different forms of "citizenship" - understood in terms of the obligations and rights accorded to individuals with regard to HIV - that have emerged in the course of the HIV epidemic. The aim of the EUROPACH project is to investigate the relationship between past events and processes - such as the shaping of regional HIV policies or networking of community organizations - and the available forms of care and concepts of citizenship in Europe.
  2. Scope of research: The project will focus on the analysis of the so-called HIV / AIDS policy worlds in four countries, Germany, Poland, Turkey and the UK, and at the European level. For us, the study of "worlds of politics" means not only the analysis of instruments used to build policies, but also of practices related to the processes of policy development, negotiation and contestation. By exploring the relationship between national HIV policies and European institutions such as the European Union, we will try to understand the meanings attached to the ever-changing concepts of "Europe" and "Citizenship".
  3. Methods: The EUROPACH project will be based on close cooperation between 4 research teams and 14 non-governmental organizations (abbreviated as AP), playing an expert and advisory role in the research process. Research teams will conduct archival research, interviews with key actors involved in HIV policy making, and participant observations in areas relevant to the activities of activists, clinicians and politicians. Artworks in response to the HIV epidemic in Europe will also be analyzed.
  4. Results: To illustrate the local and transnational stories that have shaped modern 'political worlds', the project will create interactive health policy maps and a virtual archive documenting the history of HIV / AIDS in Europe. The project will also try to propose new strategies to better counter the severity and spread of the epidemic.

The project received funding from the National Science Center

  • Project leader: dr hab. Marta Smagacz-Poziemska
  • Research team:
    dr hab. Andrzej Bukowski
    dr hab. Marcjanna Nóżka
    dr Karol Kurnicki
    dr hab. Krzysztof Bierwiaczonek
    Natalia Martini, MSc
  • Project duration: 2015-2019

Description: The aim of the project is to develop a concept explaining the mechanisms of formation and reproduction of urban territorial communities at the estate level. The subject of research is the content, nature and scope of practices undertaken within neighborhoods that differ in different spatial and social environments.

The project aims to indicate:

  1. factors determining the place of residence,
  2. influencing identification with him,
  3. causing the recreation of everyday and occasional practices (repetitive ways of action / activity of residents) and
  4. community structuring.

  • Project leader: Agnieszka Król
  • Project supervisor: dr hab. Beata Kowalska, prof. UJ

Description: The aim of the study is to analyze the situation of women with disabilities in terms of reproductive autonomy, maternal practices and care. The experiences of women with disabilities related to reproductive dilemmas, motherhood and care are socially determined ((discrimination based on sex and disability) and historically (including limiting the reproductive rights of people with disabilities through eugenic policies, sterilization or restrictions on marriage rights). an analysis of the perspective of women with disabilities as well as a broader analysis of the social, cultural, historical and structural factors that determine their experience of (in) motherhood and care, these studies fall within the framework of reproductive justice and disability studies. answers to the questions: How is disability related to reproductive choices? How do women with disabilities practice motherhood? What challenges do they face? How do they deal with them? in care, women with disabilities build their autonomy and subjectivity? How do structural, economic, social and cultural factors influence the care work and reproductive autonomy of women with disabilities? How are standards for the caring practices of women with disabilities constructed, and how are they negotiated and exceeded? How is the category of interdependence negotiated? The project will be based on qualitative methods of social research, in which four different research techniques will be combined in order to analyze the phenomenon in depth: analysis of existing research, 30 in-depth interviews, 10 case studies and 3 group interviews. The participants of the research will be women of reproductive age, both mothers and those who are not (to deepen understanding of issues related to reproductive autonomy). The research sample will total 50 women who identify themselves as disabled. The analysis of the relationship between disability and reproduction and care work will allow a better understanding of contemporary practices of support, care and motherhood. It will allow us to better understand how people with disabilities function in families. The research aims to gain a perspective to understand as much as possible the dilemmas and negotiations related to building autonomy and support. Including the perspectives of mothers with disabilities is particularly important because historically they have often been deprived of autonomy (due to, inter alia, eugenic policies or social beliefs about disability). At the same time, the study will be a step towards the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by Poland in 2012, which emphasizes the obligation of States Parties to collect data and conduct research on the topic of disability.

  • Project leader: dr hab. Magdalena Ślusarczyk
  • Band members:
    Dr. Paulina Pustułka
    Agnieszka Radzik-Kupiec, MA

Project partners:
Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna
Ghent University
Arteveldehogeschool in Ghent
Cadiai Cooperativa Soziale, Bologna
The Comenius Institute in Warsaw


The main goals of the project are:

  1. Researching the determinants of social and educational inequalities in Poland, Belgium and Italy, identifying the main problems and good practices,
  2. Preparation of tools to support teachers from the ECEC area in activities aimed at reducing inequalities and increasing equality of educational opportunities for children from different backgrounds and with different needs,
  3. Improving the quality of ECEC services.

Three target groups were distinguished in the project: specialists in the field of early childhood education and care, students of pedagogy and preschool and early childhood education and their lecturers.

Three different phases of the project will focus on each of the target groups:

  1. In the first phase, we will work intensively with professionals in the field of early childhood education and care as part of their daily interaction with children (video coaching), we will also prepare innovative tools for work evaluation. The developed toolkit will include all the necessary content on early childhood education and care and poverty, diversity, etc. It will include the experience of early childhood education and care professionals, students, lecturers from the first two phases, textbooks, guidelines and tips.
  2. During the second phase, the final toolkit will be developed and presented to students and faculty for analysis and testing.
  3. In the third and phase, we will conduct a 'Train the trainer' workshop to promote and disseminate the project's results. Each team will create its own set of tools based on common pedagogical assumptions, goals and principles, but also taking into account the specificity of a given country. Additionally, the tool will be translated into English and made available to a wider audience.

The project received funding from the National Science Center (SONATA)

  • Project leader: dr Anna Szwed
  • Team member: dr hab. Katarzyna Leszczyńska
  • Project duration: 2018-2021

Description: Although in the last 25 years the religiosity of Polish society, in which over 90% declare themselves Roman Catholics, has remained relatively stable, the latest research indicates a gradual shift from institutionalized to more individualized religiosity. Researchers forecast that in the coming years, the greatest changes in religiosity will affect young people and women, especially those who are educated and live in big cities. Although the direction of these changes is not clear, it is suggested that one possible option will be the departure of women from the Roman Catholic Church.

The aim of the project is to answer the question of how educated, metropolitan Roman Catholics in Poland carry out their religious agency in the context of religious rules, which include the division into "feminine" and "masculine" (gendering of rules) and what is the relationship between women's religious agency and their activities in the sphere of professional activity and in the family sphere. An additional goal is to develop a qualitative, dynamic, interpretive approach to the study of religiosity. In the project, I am assuming the hypothesis that women's religious agency can be expressed both in the strategies of resistance and submission to religious rules, in individual and community orientation. I recognize that the gendering of religious rules (e.g. relating to Catholic symbolism, language, organization, religious roles) is important in shaping women's religiosity.

Two types of research methods / techniques will be used in the project. Firstly, individual in-depth interviews with secular women who: declare themselves Roman Catholics, have higher education, live in Polish cities with more than 500,000. inhabitants and are no more than 40 years old. Second, the project involves ethnographic research in female religious groups.

The project received funding from the National Center for Research and Development (Economic development of Poland in the conditions of globalizing markets [GOSPOSTRATEG])

  • Project leader: dr hab. Piotr Nowak, prof. UJ
  • Team members:
    Adam Dąbrowski, MSc
    Maria Kotkiewicz, MA
  • Project duration: 2019-2021

Project partners:
University of Agriculture in Krakow
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Agricultural Advisory Center in Brwinów, Kraków branch

Description: The main goals of the GROWID project are to develop a model (template) for a care farm and to prepare a system for its implementation. These actions are a response to the syndrome of problems that make up the phenomenon of the demographic trap diagnosed in the Strategy for Responsible Development. The proposed project will also contribute to the elimination of other development barriers important for Poland, including: inequalities between cities and rural areas in access to social services, problems with the organization of public services at the local level, low quality of social capital. and social inequalities, insufficient coordination of public policies.

In the first stage of the project, research tasks will be carried out, the results of which will form the basis of the caring farm model. The second stage consists of work related to the preparation for the implementation of the above-mentioned model: development of the necessary legal regulations and building political and social support for their implementation.

Farms can perform not only production functions, but also contribute to the development of local communities and improve the quality of life of their members in many other ways. It is possible to combine multifunctional agriculture in an innovative way with the provision of social services. at the local level.

A care farm can be defined as a form of support in the field of care and social integration. for the benefit of individuals and families in order to improve their functioning. Support is provided in them based on the farm's infrastructure and in conjunction with the agricultural activity performed.

An important feature of the proposed solution is that it will not lead to the creation of an alternative to the existing support system. Rather, care farms will be another element of this system, developed jointly by the agricultural sector and social assistance. Thanks to this, it will be possible to overcome problems with the availability of social security services. in rural areas. Caring agriculture will also create an interesting offer for people using various forms of support in cities. It is a solution that can potentially be developed both in cooperation with the public sector, as well as in a commercial form.

Welfare agriculture is successfully developing in many European countries (the best developed system is in the Netherlands). Also in Poland, initiatives were undertaken combining agriculture and helping the needy. An example is non-governmental organizations (Barka Foundation, Burego Misia Community Foundation) that run farms and, on the basis of this agricultural activity, provide therapy for people in need. The activities of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Agricultural Advisory Center, which led to the creation of pilot care farms, are also noteworthy. The experience gathered in these projects has shown that there are significant barriers to the development of care agriculture in Poland. A serious obstacle is the lack of legal regulations that would allow farmers to combine farming and caring activities. It is also difficult to cooperate in this field between local governments and farmers within social economy entities. (no possibility of creating jobs for farmers in PES). The lack of legal regulations also prevents the mobilization of financial resources that could be used to create care farms (e.g. funds allocated for the development of the social economy). Another barrier are the attitudes towards the old age of some rural residents, e.g. reluctance to pay for seniors. An in-depth diagnosis of these issues can be found in the reports prepared in preparation for the GROWID project. Research and analyzes were conducted by CDR O / Kraków - the entity responsible for implementing the idea of ​​care farms on a national scale.

Farms can provide a variety of social services, ranging from basic support for seniors (help in meeting everyday needs, hygienic care, ensuring contact with the environment) through more specialized services addressed to children with educational problems and people: disabled, leaving prisons, requiring professional activation, struggling with addictions, sick.

As part of the GROWID project, the foundations of the future care farming system in Poland will be created. Due to the pioneering scope of work and the current demand resulting from demographic phenomena, it was decided that in the first period the project providers would focus on creating farms providing services for people of senior age. The introduction of caring functions to farms has many advantages: increasing the availability of high-quality social services at the local level, savings in local government budgets, ensuring prevention of the elderly, professional activation of carers for dependent people, integration of local communities, additional sources of income for farms, creation of new jobs in rural areas.

The project received funding from the National Science Center (OPUS)

  • Project leader: dr Grzegorz Bryda
  • Team members:
    Natalia Martini
    Daniel Płatek
    Krzysztof Misztal
  • Project duration: 2017-2021

Description: The project deals with the problem referred to as "harvest failure" in the contemporary field of qualitative research (Denzin, Lincoln 1994), aiming at recognizing the dominant ways of conceptualizing and implementing qualitative research (research practices), organizing knowledge on their subject and expressing it in a clear representation system.The aim of the project is to create a model of knowledge representation about the contemporary field of qualitative research, based on a multidimensional analysis of the content of the leading five methodological journals, referring to the IT idea of ​​domain ontology (Gruber 1993; Munn, Smith 2008). detailed projects include: identification of the constitutive elements of the contemporary field of qualitative research (theoretical paradigms, methodological trends, research methods and techniques, research topics and areas), reconstruction of the semantic-logical network reflecting the relations between the identified elements; identification of trends in for the theory and methodology of qualitative research as well as defining the directions of development of the methodology of the contemporary field of qualitative research. The project will analyze scientific articles published in the years 1990-2018 in five opinion-forming methodological journals in the area of ​​qualitative research: "Qualitative Inquiry" (QI), "Qualitative Research" (QR), "International Journal of Qualitative Methodology" (IJQM), "The Qualitative Report" (TQR) and "Forum: Qualitative Social Research" (FQSR). The basis for the selection of these journals is their position in the world of qualitative researchers - reflected in the high value of the Impact Factor and their transdisciplinary nature. in these journals, represent the ways of conceptualizing and practicing qualitative research, especially those that do not yet belong to the canon shaped by anthologies and textbooks. this is based on pod A methodological approach combining knowledge in the field of sociology, social informatics and computational linguistics with computer-aided qualitative data analysis (CAQDAS) and natural language processing and text mining procedures. From the point of view of qualitative research methodology, the approach we propose is the result of a reflection on the use of information technologies, text mining algorithms and analytical techniques enabling the processing of large amounts of text data in the process of computer-assisted data analysis (Wiedemann 2013). An important step in this process, in line with the logic of the Big Data approach, is the transition from traditional qualitative analysis based on the text coding procedure, through quantitative content analysis, towards the application of methods of exploration and knowledge discovery in textual data (Bryda 2014). This process involves moving from cause-and-effect analyzes to correlation analyzes based on the search for dependencies in unstructured data. In order to discover and systematize the knowledge contained in text data, we use the procedure of semi-automatic coding in accordance with the methodological assumptions of qualitative data analysis, content analysis and text mining (Berry 2004). The project makes a significant contribution to the development of methodological knowledge in the field of qualitative research practice. Its results will find application both in research practice and in academic teaching. The ontological model of knowledge representation about the contemporary field of qualitative research, developed as part of the project, will form the basis of communication between researchers representing various scientific disciplines and practitioners using qualitative methods, e.g. on the basis of education, cultural animation, social work, favoring the development of a coherent way of presenting various variants of qualitative research practice. This will enable the cumulative development of methodological knowledge and the exchange of experiences leading to the improvement of specific research methods and an increase in their transparency. At the same time, we assume that this will translate into increased confidence in the results of qualitative research, the status and social usefulness of which are the dominant topic in the current discussion on the standards of evidence-based science (Lester, O'Reilly 2015).

The project received funding from the National Science Center (OPUS)

  • Project leader: Dr Ewa Kopczyńska
  • Band member: Aleksandra Migalska
  • Project implementation time: 2018-2021

Description: Modern food economies and cultures are characterized by unprecedented abundance, diversity and technological advancement. At the same time, however, in this wide-choice situation, we repeatedly experience anxiety and concern about the daily diet. We receive information about the dangers of eating certain products, related to how much, how often and under what conditions we eat, as well as the origin of our food. These nutritional concerns are not only related to our physical condition and health status, but also have an ecological, technological, ethical or cultural dimension. The sense of danger translates into a negative diagnosis of the contemporary nutritional order and pointing to its imperfections. Dietary concerns, understood in this way, are part of our daily food supply strategies. The project investigates the role of dietary concerns in the use of unconventional, alternative and informal food sourcing channels at the household level. In particular, the subject of qualitative, in-depth analysis will be informal food exchange networks that do not fit into the official economic system, independent food production for own use and home processing, but also participation in new types of food networks, such as food cooperatives or exchanges under the Supported Agriculture model. by the Community. By exploring bottom-up food sourcing channels, the project will first identify risks as perceived by consumers themselves, not experts, and secondly show the dynamics of bottom-up food exchange processes. A number of studies on food cultures in Eastern Europe indicate the significant role of informal economies as a distinctive feature of this region. The project develops these interpretations with the concept of social anxiety and avoidance strategies, which are an important key organizing our daily menus. By gaining insight into social perceptions of food risks, the research will also provide a better understanding of the dynamics of eating patterns and the relationship between official and informal supply channels. In the long term, they will enable critical diagnosis and planning of interventions in the area of ​​nutrition and public health.

  • Program: ERA-NET SUSFOOD2 and CORE Organic Cofunds Joint Call 2019: "Towards sustainable and organic food systems"
  • Członkowie i członkinie zespołu na UJ:
    dr hab. Ewa Kopczyńska, prof. UJ - kierowniczka, badaczka
    dr Konrad Stępnik - badacz
  • Czas trwania projektu: 2021 - 2023

Partnerzy projektu:

  • University of Giessen, Consumer Studies, Niemcy
  • University of Trento, Sociology and Social Research, Włochy
  • Coventry University, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Wielka Brytania
  • OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University, Norwegia
  • Instytut Socjologii, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Polska


Konsumpcja żywności ma znaczący wpływ na zużycie zasobów i środowiskowe efekty produkcji i dystrybucji jedzenia. Żywnością ekologiczną zainteresowani są obecnie przede wszystkim grupy zamożnych i wykształconych konsumentów, a dominująca większość systemów żywnościowych zorientowana jest na masowe, standaryzowane produkty. Bardziej zróżnicowane systemy pozwoliłyby na rozszerzenie zakresu wyborów konsumenckich, zwiększając potencjał społecznie i ekologicznie zrównoważonych i odpornych systemów.

FOOdIVERSE ma na celu uzyskanie praktycznie zorientowanej wiedzy dotyczącej związku między różnorodnością diety, łańcuchów zaopatrzenia w żywność i ładu żywnościowego a bardziej ekologicznymi i zrównoważonymi systemami żywnościowymi. Dzięki uwzględnieniu różnorodności podmiotów konsumpcji, produkcji i innych aktorów społecznych, projekt dostarcza wielopoziomowego ujęcia przemian lokalnych systemów w różnych częściach Europy.

Metodologiczne i teoretyczne narzędzia projektu to podejście relacyjne, uwzględniające szeroki zakres czynników, w różnych kontekstach (Wielka Brytania, Niemcy, Włochy, Norwegia, Polska) i różnych skalach. W szczególności projekt skupiony jest na tych powiązaniach, które przyczyniają się do wzmocnienia zrównoważonych systemów żywnościowych. Projekt bezpośrednio upowszechnia ekologiczne rozwiązania dzięki włączeniu konsumentów, producentów, przetwórców i decydentów w „żywe laboratoria”, testujące i aplikujące wypracowane w projekcie rozwiązania.

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Projekt uzyskał finansowanie z Ministerstwa Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego w ramach programu Premia na Horyzoncie 2

  • Kierowniczka projektu: dr hab. Beata Kowalska, prof. UJ
  • Czas trwania projektu: 2022 - 2023


INSPIREUROPE propaguje w całej Europie współpracę, której celem jest wspieranie zagrożonych naukowców i naukowczyń. Wraz z globalnym wzrostem zagrożeń dla wolności akademickiej, rośnie również presja na badaczy i badaczki. Dlatego partnerstwo w ramach Inspireurope łączy siły w całej Europie, by reagować na tą sytuację. Kiedy zagrożeni akademicy i akademiczki wykluczani są z udziału w globalnej wymianie wiedzy z powodu dyskryminacji, prześladowań czy przemocy, zagrożone są nie tylko jednostki i ich kariery, ale w ogóle przyszłość akademii jako miejsca wolnej myśli. Inspireurope zakłada, że doskonałość badań zależy od otwartej debaty naukowej i jest inspirowana wielością idei i perspektyw. Umiejętności i wiedza represjonowanych uczonych stanowią potencjał dla europejskich krajów przyjmujących. Aby jednak mógł on zostać w pełni wykorzystany, konieczna jest koordynacja działań. Dlatego celem projektu Inspireurope jest rozwijanie sieci podmiotów wspierających zagrożonych naukowców i naukowczynie, budowa międzysektorowej europejskiej struktury wsparcia i przygotowanie instytucji goszczących badaczy i badaczki.

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COmmunity Models for the Energy Transition through Social Innovation - COMETS

  • Kierownik projektu: dr Wit Hubert
  • Członkowie i członkinie zespołu naukowego z ramienia Instytutu Socjologii UJ:
    dr Wit Hubert
    dr hab. Aleksandra Wagner, prof. UJ
  • Czas trwania projektu: 2019 - 2023


Celem projektu jest dostarczenie praktycznej wiedzy oraz zbudowanie modeli teoretycznych dotyczących społecznych innowacji na polu niskoemisyjnej produkcji energii. Instytut Socjologii UJ jest jednym z 12 europejskich instytucji badawczych, które weszły w skład konsorcjum:

UNITO - Università di Torino, Italy (coordinator)
DTU - Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark
ECOLISE HVL - Western Norway
University of Applied Sciences - Høgskulen på Vestlandet, Norway
JRC - Joint Research Centre - European Commission
RUG Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
ECN The European Crowdfunding Network, Belgium
TECNALIA - Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
TREA -Tartu Regiooni Energiaagentuur, Estonia
VITO - Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek, Belgium
UB - Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy
UJ Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, Poland

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