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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.