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

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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


International symposium Development, society, education & youth 11-12th of January 2017

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The SWPS University’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program and Youth Research Lab extend an open invitation to the 2nd lecture in the series Humanities and the Challenges of the 21st Century: Community Development Model: Application for Developing Community Programs by Professor Barbara Klimek from Arizona State University (USA) January 11, 2017 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m., Prof. Tomaszewski’s Lecture Hall.

It is an opening lecture of the International Symposium on Development, Society, Education & Youth, which will take place on January 12, 2017 (Thursday), 10.00-18.00 in the conference room on the 4th floor.

Detailed program is available here: International Symposium on Development January 2017


Migrants as Agents of Change Social Remittances in an Enlarged European Union

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Izabela Grabowska and her team have just published a new monograph as the summary of the project: Diffusion of Culture Through Social Remittances between Poland and The United Kingdom. 

okładka książkiGrabowska I., Garapich M.P., Jazwinska E., Radziwinowicz A. (2016). Migrants as Agents of Change. Social remittances in an enlarged European Union, Basingstoke, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Available e-book here



International Symposium Researching Young Lives

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Our International Symposium Researching Young Lives has taken place at the SWPS University on October 21, 2016. The event was organized by the research team of the Peer Groups and Migration project and two esteemed guests from the University of Leeds and the University College London have taken part.

Prof. Izabela Grabowska, Prof. Roman Cieślak

The meeting has begun with a warm welcome from Professor Roman Cieślak, Rector of the SWPS University, who talked about the school’s mission and wished the participants fruitful time at the event.


Prof. Bren Neale

The first keynote address was given by Professor Bren Neale, who is a methodological advisor in the Peer Groups & Migration project.

Prof. Neale has shared her research results pertaining to a recent project about parenting experiences of young fathers, which was conducted with the use of the Qualitative Longitudinal Study methodology.


Dr. Paula Pustułka, Dr. Anna Kiersztyn

Further highlighting longitudinal perspective, dr. Anna Kiersztyn from the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw discussed a quantitative approach of the POLPAN study. Dr. Kiersztyn cooperates with the team led by Professor Słomczyński on this long-running Polish study focused on the demographic and population structure.


Dr. Paula Pustułka, Dr. Małgorzata Wójcik

Dr. Małgorzata Wójcik from the SWPS University Affiliate Faculty in Katowice discussed her research with peer groups. Among others, the INKLA project revolved around aggression in schools. Recommendations on how to react to violence at school, issued to both students and teachers, were issued as a result of the project. Dr. Wójcik developed a participatory approach in her work, namely by engaging the students affected by bullying and similar behaviors in the project.


Prof. Bren Neale, Prof. Izabela Grabowska, Dr. Anna Kiersztyn


Prof. Mikołaj Cześnik, Dr. Agnieszka Kwiatkowska, Maria Mondry


Prof. Izabela Grabowska

The fourth and final paper in the morning session was given by Professor Izabela Grabowska, who presented main theories, frameworks and methodological approach used in the Peer Groups & Migration project.


Zespół projektu: Dr. Paula Pustułka, Izabela Mleczko, Justyna Sarnowska, Marta Buler


Prof. Anne White, Dr. Agnieszka Radziwinowicz

In the second part of the Symposium, more transnational approaches have taken center-stage. Professor Anne White from the University College London presented a paper about researching young people in local communities. Professor White is a member of the Peer Groups & Migration project team and has been researching Polish migrants and local communities they originate from for many years, often using a transnational lens to discern migrants’ social ties.  Then, Dr. Agnieszka Radziwinowicz shared her experience on researching migrants in local communities.


Dr. Paula Pustułka


Justyna Sarnowska, Prof. Izabela Grabowska

Finally, Dr. Paula Pustułka presented preliminary findings from the exploratory fieldwork visits and expert interviews conducted in three cities of Mielec, Słupsk, and Puławy. The towns serve as research localities in the Peer Groups & Migration project.

The discussions continued into an informal part of the meeting, as the invited guests and Peer Groups & Migration project team visited the Neon Museum and ate dinner at Szklarnia restaurant in Soho Factory.


Prof. Anne White, Dr. Paula Pustułka, Marta Buler, Justyna Sarnowska, Prof. Bren Neale, Dr. Natalia Juchniewicz, Prof. Izabela Grabowska, Monika Malesza