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


Youth Research Center at the ESA RN 30 ‘Youth and Generation’ Midterm Conference 2017

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We are happy to inform that prof. Izabela Grabowska, dr. Paula Pustułka and Justyna Sarnowska will present the paper about peer groups & migration project at European Sociological Association RN 30 ‘Youth and Generation’ Midterm Conference 2017, in association with ISA RC 34 ‘Sociology of Youth’ ‘Global Youth Futures: Perspectives and Prospects’.

Abstract: ESA Lisbon Paper Grabowska Pustulka Sarnowska

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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


Publication: The Transition from Education to Employment Abroad: The Experiences of Young People from Poland

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We are pleased to announce that prof. Izabela Grabowska has just published the article: The Transition from Education to Employment Abroad: The Experiences of Young People from Poland in Europe-Asia Studies. The text formation has been influenced on the application: Peers&migration which has been founded by National Science Centre in Poland.

Link to the article: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09668136.2016.1233522


International Symposium Researching Young Lives

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The body of knowledge on young people entering adulthood remains fragmented and requires systematization. There is insufficient data about social behaviors, personal and professional experiences, and life choices of young people. Therefore, we need more studies to understand these matters better. The International Symposium Researching Young Lives aims to provide practical information about tools for researching behaviors of young people entering adulthood.

Where: University SWPS, Warsaw, conference room on the fourth floor
When: Friday, 21 October 2016


The symposium will focus on presenting tools useful in researching the markers of adult behaviors, such as moving out of the family home, achieving financial independence, setting up own household, having the first child, and securing the first job. These events take place in a changing social environment and in various contexts, including peer groups, local community, and internet based media (such as newspapers, television, social platforms, blogs, etc.).


The symposium is addressed to researchers interested in interdisciplinary research on youth behaviors. The participants and presenters include academics from University of Leeds, University College London in the U.K. and from SWPS University. The symposium links to the “Besties and Migration” research project conducted by Youth Research LAB under the leadership of Associate Professor Izabela Grabowska.

10.00 Welcome coffee & tea
10.00-10.30 Opening by Rector of SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities Professor Roman Cieślak and Head of Youth Research LAB Professor Izabela Grabowska

Panel 1. 10.30 – 12.45 Longitudinal studies and researching young lives
Paper on Qualitative Longitudinal Studies and young lives by Professor Bren Neale, Emeritus Professor of Leeds University, leader of Timescapes Programme (40 min.)
Paper on Quantitative Longitudinal Studies and youth by POLPAN representative by Dr. Anna Kiersztyn, Polish Academy of Sciences (20 min.)
Paper on Researching school peer-groups, youth exclusion & inclusion with psychological approach by Dr. Małgorzata Wójcik, SWPS University, Psychology Department in Katowice and Youth Research LAB (20 min.)
Paper Mapping the QLS in peer-groups and migration by Professor Izabela Grabowska and team, SWPS University and Youth Research Lab (30 min.)

12.45-13.30 Lunch

Panel 2. 13.30-17.00 Researching youth and migration in local communities
Paper on Young migrants and local communities by Professor Anne White, School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, University College London (30 min.)
Paper on Local communities and migration in transnational multisited Qualitative Longitudinal Study by Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna, Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw (30 min.)
Discussion (30 min.)

15.00-15.30 Coffee break

15.30-17.00 Presentation of the on-going project on Peer-groups and migration in selected local communities by Dr. Paula Pustułka, Justyna Sarnowska, Dr. Natalia Juchniewicz, Marta Buler, SWPS University and Youth Research LAB (45 min.)
Discussion (45 min.)

17.00-18.00 Methodological roundtable on researching young lives (all speakers)

RSVP: youth@swps.edu.pl