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.


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.


Prof. Russell King at the SWPS University

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We were happy to host prof. Russell King at SWPS University (March 16th, 2018). Prof. Russell King gave the lecture: Brexit and Mobility: Between Connection, Disruption and Affect.

The lecture, organized jointly by SWPS University’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program and the Centre of Migration Research of University of Warsaw, was part of the series the Challenges of the Humanities of the 21st Century.

Prof. Russell King

Russell King – Professor at the Department of Geography, at the University of Sussex. Member of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth. He specializes in Migration Studies. His previous posts include Professor of Geography at Trinity College Dublin and Lecturer in Geography at the University of Leicester. He held visiting appointments at the University of Malta, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, the University of Trieste and Cornell. During 2013 he was Willy Brandt Guest Professor in Migration Studies at Malmo University and he continues there as part-time visiting professor. In 1986 he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Edward Heath medal for his work on the geography of Europe and the Mediterranean, and he is Honorary Fellow of the Società Geografica Italiana.

Link to the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=23&v=-TadaRx2ZTA



We are at the conferencje: MOVE Final Conference in Luxembourg

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We are happy to inform that prof. Izabela Grabowska, dr. Justyna Sarnowska and Dominika Winogrodzka will present the paper entitled: Peer groups and migration from middle towns in Poland: The sequences of transitions from education to domestic and foreign labour markets at the final conference of the project: Mapping mobility – pathways, institutions and structural effects of youth mobility in Europe (acronym: MOVE). The MOVE Project is founding by European Commision in the Horizon 2020 Programme and led by University of Luxembourg.

Learn more about the MOVE Project

Learn more about the Conference


New article: Participant Recruitment Challenges in Researching Peer Groups and Migration Retrospectively

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We are pleased to announce that new article connected with the Peer groups&migration project by Paula PustułkaNatalia Juchniewicz and Izabela Grabowska has just been published.


This paper discusses the challenges of researching peer groups through a multi-focal, temporal lens in a retrospective manner. Embedded in a broader “Peer Groups & Migration” Qualitative Longitudinal Study (QLS), the article focuses on recruiting young respondents (aged 19-34 at present) who originally come from one of the three medium-sized towns in Polish localities and are either migrants or stayers connected to mobile individuals. The respondents are tracked retrospectively and asked to discuss their adolescence, as well encouraged to provide contacts to their youth Peer Group members. Based on fieldwork experiences and field access challenges, four models of recruiting migrants’ high school peer groups are presented. Furthermore, variants and rationales of non-recruitment are also provided. Focusing on the process of establishing a long-term and large-scale peer panel in the QLS, the paper contributes detailed know-how and strategies around participant recruitment.

The article is available in open access:  http://www.qualitativesociologyreview.org/PL/Volume40/PSJ_13_4_Pustulka_Juchniewicz_Grabowska.pdf




Various generations’ experiences of entering the Labour Market

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A debate “20-, 30-, 40- year olds. The loss or a deal?”, organized by the Duży Pokój workshop, has been held about a week ago at Warecka Street 4/6 as one of the debates on the important social issues. The event was financed by the City of Warsaw.

The key aim of the debate was to follow the life strategies of the youth entering the labour market and adulthood across sequent generations since 1989. The experts together with the audience were trying to resolve the differences and similarities of the present-day 20, 30 and 40 year olds. The participants of the debate also discussed the way and extent of the life experience during the Polish People’s Republic and transformation of the 90s, and how it shaped those, who were born in the 70s and 80s. Another topic was also how the youth who were born in the 90s and grew up during the first decades of the new millennium, didn’t experience the previous regime and times without cell phones, so they are clearly different from earlier generation.

The debate was started by the hypothesis of moving from the idea-centered to the philosophy of the young generation’s life attitude. Among the topics of the discussion were: lifestyle and fashion, work and migration, generational memory, digital experience, subcultures and neotribe, aspirations, dreams, yearning and frustration of the people growing up in the Third Polish Republic

The participants of the debate were the following experts:

Justyna Sarnowska, Univesity SWPS, Youth Research Center, presented the way of the labour market entering by the 40, 30, 20 year olds, their education, migration experiences and the changes throughout the years;

Maciej Stolarski, Institute of Psychology, Warsaw University, described the quality of life based on the Social Diagnosis and interpreted temporary orientations and relations of the young generation from the psychological point of view;

Michał Florysiak, Institute of Applied Social Sciences, Warsaw University, presented the generation theme in the literature of the 40, 30 and 20 year olds. (Twardoch, Karpowicz, Żulczyk).

The debate was monitored by Katarzyna Kalinowska, a social researcher and a sociologist specializing in contemporary anthropology. Her research interests are  youth sociology and affective culture. Her doctorate research was based on the experiences of picking someone up in the sanatoriums and at club parties. She previously studied the school and peer interactions of the middle school children.

Recording of the first part of the debate [in Polish]


Prof. Izabela Grabowska will take part in the Policy Summer School Joint Research Center

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We have a pleasure to inform that prof. Izabela Grabowska will take part in the Policy Summer School Joint Research Center organized by European Commission with a lecture titled: Interdisciplinary approach to complex policy issues: A case of migration-development nexus.

Program of the event Masterclasses – JRC-SAS-INGSA Summer School

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The Peer Groups & Migration Project Team at The IMISCOE Annual Conference in Rotterdam!

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During the June 2017 IMISCOE Congress “Migration, Diversity and Cities” held at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, a research paper with preliminary results of the first wave of the “Peer Groups & Migration” study was presented by Natalia Juchniewicz and Marta Buler. Moreover, a second paper was given at the Methodological Workshop on QLS, which was co-chaired by Izabela Grabowska and Paula Pustułka. Challenges about recruiting participants for a large-scale long-lasting panel study were presented by Justyna Sarnowska and Paula Pustułka. The 14th IMISCOE congress provides a meeting place for 650 researchers from across Europe and beyond.

Justyna Sarnowska, Barta Buler, Natalia Juchniewicz, Paula Pustułka