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CEEYouth project – Kick off meeting

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Two weeks ago, on the 18 and 19th of November, Youth Research Center hosted the kick-off meeting of the new project “CEEYouth: The comparative study of young migrants from Poland and Lithuania”. The project, coordinated by prof. Izabela Grabowska, is an interdisciplinary study examining risks faced by young Polish and Lithuanian migrants in the United Kingdom after the Brexit Referendum vote. During the inaugural meeting researchers from Polish and Lithuanian team had an opportunity to meet in person and discuss further collaboration as well as to consult their ideas with external experts in the field of migration, who joined the extended CEEYouth team.

CEEYouth Team

The meeting was opened on Sunday afternoon by prof. Izabela Grabowska welcoming everybody at SWPS University and by the introductions of the team members. Subsequently, prof. Aleksandra Grzymała-Kazłowska gave a lecture on the concept of anchoring, a pivotal notion in the project’s theoretical framework. The lecture was followed by discussions and conceptual mapping exercise. The first day finished by less formal conversations and tasting excellent food at one of the local restaurants. The second day of the meeting was devoted to the more detailed debates on different components of the project: both qualitative and quantitative. External experts, prof. Louise Ryan from the University of Sheffield and prof. Violetta Parutis from Essex University, shared their experiences in migration research and provided the team with their feedback and suggestions. After the fruitful methodological discussions project’s timeline was developed and some administrative issued was tackled. It seems like we will have a busy winter in order to start fieldwork in spring, before the Brexit date.

If you want to know more about the project, please visit the website.
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We are hiring! Post-Doctoral Researcher (FT/ 100% post) Application deadline extended – September 25th, 2018

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The deadline for applications is September 25th, 2018.

Project description:

The CEEYou(th) project is dedicated to young Polish and Lithuanian migrants in the United Kingdom. Executed by an international Polish-Lithuanian consortium under the funding from the NCN DAINA scheme, the research focuses on two major ‘new EU’ sending countries and look at what migrants below the age of 34 “do” to handle the result of the Brexit Referendum vote. The objectives of the project are (1) To compare migrating youth from Poland and Lithuania in the reference to those who stayed in the home countries; (2) To compare and evaluate whether young Poles and Lithuanians are socially “anchored” or embedded in their destination country; (3)To explore various risks experienced by young migrants from Poland and Lithuania in the context of Brexit; (4) To analyse how the unfolding implications of Brexit affect life trajectories of Poles and Lithuanians, with special focus on transitions to adulthood; (5) To explore and compare the latest return migration of young Poles and Lithuanians, and (6) To highlight migratory behaviors of ethnic Poles from Lithuania and ethnic Lithuanians from Poland in the UK.

Location: Warsaw

Position & Tasks:

  • The post holder will join the CEEYouth team, Youth Research Center and SWPS University on a full-time basis.
  • Your main responsibility will be an oversight, supervision and fulfillment of all CEEYouth project’s milestones and outputs in the realm of quantitative research.
  • You will support the operationalization of the core CEEYou(th) research and will be primarily involved in the preparation of quantitative research tools.
  • With the support of the Lithuanian Partners and PhD student, you will lead the analyses of quantitative data used and collected by the project.
  • You will participate in and lead scientific outputs of the project, e.g. attending conferences with paper presentations and co-authoring research reports and scholarly article/papers;
  • You will collaborate with the international project team, especially with your counterparts in Lithuania and advisors in the UK.
  • You will be embedded in the Youth Research Center of the SWPS University and will support the Center’s activities.
  • You will co-supervise junior researchers involved in the CEEYouth project.

Requirements:

  • You have a PhD in Sociology;
  • You exhibit excellent skills in quantitative research methods and, ideally, have a good understanding of mixed-methods approaches;
  • You have a track record of reports and academic publications, ideally in English-language and in the fields of migration studies, youth studies, ethnicity, labor market, work, risk or any other topics related to the project;
  • You are fluent in Polish (handling raw data) and have good English language skills that enable you to collaborate with an international team.

We offer:

  • Employment contract full time 6380PLN (gross salary);
  • Opportunity to work in a professional and friendly team with distinguished professors, renowned researchers and opinion leaders;
  • Career development opportunities.

Required documents:

1) Academic CV (with details on qualifications/ degree; scholarly achievements and awards, experience in research projects, academic interests, etc.);
2) List of publications
3) Cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how you see yourself fulfilling the role.

Recruitment procedure and employment:

Applications will be evaluated by a hiring committee comprising Prof. dr hab. Izabela Grabowska (Principal Investigator), dr Paulina Pustulka and dr Justyna Sarnowska. The committee will create a ranking of the candidates. In case of a large number of well-qualified applicants, a second stage of the recruitment procedure will entail face-to-face interviews at the Youth Research Center at the SWPS University in Warsaw.

The committee’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

The position will be filled by September 30th, 2018 and the new hire is expected to start on October 1st, 2018.

Application procedure:

Complete applications should be submitted by email to youth@swps.edu.pl as single .pdf files. The deadline for applications is September 25th, 2018. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Additional information and informal inquiries about the post should be directed to Professor Izabela Grabowska (igrabowska@swps.edu.pl).

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We are hiring! Researcher/ Co-Investigator wanted!

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Project description:

The CEEYou(th) project is dedicated to young Polish and Lithuanian migrants in the United Kingdom. Executed by an international Polish-Lithuanian consortium under the funding from the NCN DAINA scheme, the research focuses on two major ‘new EU’ sending countries and look at what migrants below the age of 34 “do” to handle the result of the Brexit Referendum vote. The objectives of the project are (1) To compare migrating youth from Poland and Lithuania in the reference to those who stayed in the home countries; (2) To compare and evaluate whether young Poles and Lithuanians are socially “anchored” or embedded in their destination country; (3)To explore various risks experienced by young migrants from Poland and Lithuania in the context of Brexit; (4) To analyse how the unfolding implications of Brexit affect life trajectories of Poles and Lithuanians, with special focus on transitions to adulthood; (5) To explore and compare the latest return migration of young Poles and Lithuanians, and (6) To highlight migratory behaviors of ethnic Poles from Lithuania and ethnic Lithuanians from Poland in the UK.

Location: Warsaw

Position & Tasks:

  • This post is envisioned as a non-full-time research involvement on a contractual basis. The post holder will be required to support the activities of the project throughout its duration. Please consult formal requirements for “additional/other, not FT personnel” in the NCN projects before applying.
  • Your responsibility will be to comprehensively ensure timely completion of the project’s objectives linked to qualitative research.
  • You will support the operationalization of the core CEEYou(th) research, i.e. you will be involved in the preparation of both quantitative (survey questionnaire) and qualitative (interview guides) tools.
  • You will recruit and maintain a panel for QLS conducted with the technique of asynchronous interviews (15-20 participants interviewed on multiple occasions over three years).
  • You will be responsible for the preparation of the codebook and analytical framework of handling qualitative data collected in the project and mindful of an international, comparative perspective adopted in the project.
  • You will participate in and lead scientific outputs of the project, e.g. attending conferences with paper presentations and co-authoring research reports and scholarly article/papers;
  • You will collaborate with the international project team, especially with your counterparts in Lithuania and advisors in the UK.
  • You will be embedded in the Youth Research Center of the SWPS University and will support the Center’s activities.
  • You will co-supervise junior researchers involved in the CEEYouth project.

Requirements:

  • You have a MA or PhD in Sociology or a closely related discipline;
  • You exhibit excellent skills in qualitative research methods and have a good understanding of mixed-methods approaches. Ideally, you are also familiar with survey methodologies and statistical analysis.
  • You have a track record of academic publications, ideally in English-language and in the fields of migration studies, youth studies, ethnicity, labor market, work, risk or any other topics related to the project;
  • You have solid research experience and are able to work in interdisciplinary and geographically dispersed project teams, ideally having worked on NCN and/or internationally-funded research projects.
  • You are fluent in Polish (conducting interviews) and have excellent English language skills that enable you to publish internationally in the recognized, academic outlets.
  • Your research interests match the focal topics explored in the project.

We offer:

  • Not full-time position (contract of mandate) 3000 PLN (double-grossed);
  • Opportunity to work in a professional and friendly team with distinguished professors, renowned researchers and opinion leaders;
  • Career development opportunities.

Required documents:
1) Academic CV (with details on qualifications/ degree; scholarly achievements and awards, experience in research projects, academic interests, etc.);
2) List of publications;
3) Cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how you see yourself fulfilling the role.

For Polish applicants: please submit at least one document (CV/ cover letter) in English.

Recruitment procedure and employment:

Applications will be evaluated by a hiring committee comprising Prof. dr hab. Izabela Grabowska (Principal Investigator), dr Paulina Pustulka and dr Justyna Sarnowska. The committee will create a ranking of the candidates. In case of a large number of well-qualified applicants, a second stage of the recruitment procedure will entail face-to-face interviews at the Youth Research Center at the SWPS University in Warsaw.

The committee’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.
The position will be filled by September 30th, 2018 and the new hire is expected to start on October 1st, 2018.
Remuneration: Not full-time (contract of mandate) 3000 PLN (double-grossed)

Application procedure:

Complete applications should be submitted by email to youth@swps.edu.pl as single .pdf files. The deadline for applications is September 15th, 2018. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Additional information and informal inquiries about the post should be directed to Professor Izabela Grabowska (igrabowska@swps.edu.pl).

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We are hiring! PhD student wanted!

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Project description:

The CEEYou(th) project is dedicated to young Polish and Lithuanian migrants in the United Kingdom. Executed by an international Polish-Lithuanian consortium under the funding from the NCN DAINA scheme, the research focuses on two major ‘new EU’ sending countries and look at what migrants below the age of 34 “do” to handle the result of the Brexit Referendum vote. The objectives of the project are (1) To compare migrating youth from Poland and Lithuania in the reference to those who stayed in the home countries; (2) To compare and evaluate whether young Poles and Lithuanians are socially “anchored” or embedded in their destination country; (3) To explore various risks experienced by young migrants from Poland and Lithuania in the context of Brexit; (4) To analyse how the unfolding implications of Brexit affect life trajectories of Poles and Lithuanians, with special focus on transitions to adulthood; (5) To explore and compare the latest return migration of young Poles and Lithuanians, and (6) To highlight migratory behaviors of ethnic Poles from Lithuania and ethnic Lithuanians from Poland in the UK.

Location: Warsaw

PhD student’s tasks:

  • Literature reviews: Polish and international academic work on migration, risks, youth and other themes of the project;
  • Handling and integrating large databases;
  • Participation in preparing the survey research tools (questionnaire);
  • Carrying out quantitative data analysis under the supervision of senior team members;
  • Participating in project outputs: attending conferences with paper presentations and co-authoring research reports and scholarly article/papers;
  • Assisting recruitment of the research participants;
  • Cooperation with the Youth Research Center;
  • Administrative tasks in the project.

Requirements:

  • You have a university diploma (MA degree) in social sciences;
  • You have a PhD student status, i.e. are registered in a doctoral degree program in sociology or a related discipline. While this is not enforced, persons interested in writing their PhD thesis on the basis of the project’s findings are explicitly invited to apply.
  • You have a proven track record and competence of working with mixed-methods approaches, meaning good qualitative and quantitative research skills;
  • You are familiar with handling large databases and have good analytical skills, as well as knowledge of descriptive statistics;
  • You have good digital skills: you are comfortable working in MS Office suite and have advanced command of Excel.
  • You have good language skills in English (minimum B2 level). Ideally, you are a Polish-speaker or are willing to gain a working competence in the language.
  • Your research interests match the focal topics explored in the project.

We offer:

  • Scholarship set at PLN 3000;
  • Opportunity to work in a professional and friendly team with distinguished professors, renowned researchers and opinion leaders;
  • Career development opportunities.

Required documents:

1) Academic CV (with details on qualifications/ degree; scholarly achievements and awards, experience in research projects, academic interests, etc.);
2) Cover letter;
3) Documents confirming eligibility (a scan of the degree certificate), qualifications, awards, etc.
4) One reference letter (which can be attached or directly submitted by the referee)

For Polish applicants: please submit at least one document (CV/ cover letter) in English.

Recruitment procedure and employment:

Applications will be evaluated by a hiring committee comprising Prof. dr hab. Izabela Grabowska (Principal Investigator), dr Paulina Pustulka and dr Justyna Sarnowska. The committee will create a ranking of the candidates. In case of a large number of well-qualified applicants, a second stage of the recruitment procedure will entail face-to-face interviews at the Youth Research Center at the SWPS University in Warsaw.

The committee’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

The position will be filled by September 30th, 2018 and the PhD scholarship will be awarded as of October 1st, 2018, initially for a period of 12 months, with a possible extension for additional 16 months.

Application procedure:

Complete applications should be submitted by email to youth@swps.edu.pl  as single .pdf files. The deadline for applications is September 15th, 2018.  Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Additional information and informal inquiries about the post should be directed to dr Justyna Sarnowska (jsarnowska@swps.edu.pl).

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Youth Research Center has got the funding from National Sciences Center in the program DAINA 1 for the Polish-Lithuanian research of youth in the context Brexit

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We are happy to inform that Youth Research Center, under the leadership of Izabela Grabowska and cooperation with Paula Pustułka and Justyna Sarnowska, has got the funding (955 920 PLN) from National Sciences Center in Poland in the program DAINA 1 for the Polish-Lithuanian comparative research of youth in the context of Brexit. The Lithuanian Partner of the project is Public Policy and Management Institute.

253 applications have been submitted. Only 16 application (6%) has got the fundings. Results

The research is a dynamic study dedicated to young Polish and Lithuanian migrants in the United Kingdom. We focus specifically on two major ‘new EU’ sending countries and look at what migrants below the age of 34 ‘do’ to handle the result of the Brexit Referendum vote. Learn more

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Marta Buler won the main prize for paper during the conference organized by the European Sociological Association

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Marta Buler, PhD candidate and member of the Youth Center Lab has won the main prize during the conference organized by the European Sociological Association Research Network 13 – Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives. The prize was awarded for the best presentation. The title of the paper: “Social Remittances into Family Life. Case Study of the Return Migrants and Their Families”.

We are proud of this! Congratulations!

Learn more about the conference: http://www.uef.fi/en/web/eos/esarn13interim2018

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Youth Research Center on the 9th Congress of Young Sociology!

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The 9th Congress of Young sociology took place on April, 13-14th 2018 in Kraków.

Dominika Winogrodzka gave a speech on “Young migrants in the vicious circle of precarization? Examples of the professional trajectories of the seasonal migrants from the selected medium-sized cities in Poland”. The preliminary results of the research project “Peer groups and migration” were presented. Dominika Winogrodzka was searching the answers to the following questions:

● What is the relationship between seasonal migration and the phenomenon of job precarization?
● Does seasonal migration help to change or consolidate the precarious work conditions, which young people are trying to cope with when leaving their local communities?

Additionally, Sylwia Barakeh, who cooperates with the Youth Research Center, took part in the Congress and gave a talk on “Autonomous life projects. Why do more and more young people want to make art their profession?”.
Photos and the programme of the event are available here.

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Two Ph.D. Defenses in Youth Research Center

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We are proud to announce about two public Ph.D. dissertation defenses, which have recently taken place.

Public defense of the doctoral thesis by Justyna Sarnowska

On February, 22nd 2018 Dr. Justyna Sarnowska defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Socializing role of the international migration in school-to-work transition”. The dissertation was written under the supervision of prof. Izabela Grabowska. It was revised by prof.  Krystyna Szafraniec from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and prof. Maria Zielińska from the University of Zielona Góra.

Public defense of the doctoral thesis by Natalia Juchniewicz

On March, 22nd 2018 Dr. Natalia Juchniewicz had a public defense of the doctoral thesis concerning the use of the mobile phones, entitled “Interactions in the world of mobile technologies”. The dissertation was written under the guidance of prof. Kazimierz Krzysztofek. The reviewers of the thesis were prof. Krzysztof Pietrowicz from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and prof. Piotr Celiński from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin.

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