Paula Pustułka holds a PhD in Sociology from Bangor University in Wales (2015) and an MA from Jagiellonian University. She has worked as Researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University (2013-2016), completing Transfam project on Polish transnational families in Norway. Her other research projects include studies on social and political participation of migrants (ISP 2013) and Polish education in the diaspora (PAU 2013). She joined SWPS University as Postdoctoral Researcher for the Education-to-domestic and- foreign labour market transitions of youth: The role of locality, peer group and new media in 2016. Paula has extensively published on Polish migrant families settled in the EU, with a strong focus on family practices and parenting, as well as particular experiences of men, women and children in mobility projects. Her research interests revolve around gender and family studies, migration research, youth studies, and qualitative research methodologies.


Selected publications:

Pustulka, P, Trąbka A (2017) Private Empowerment and Public Isolation:  Power in the Stories of Migrant ‘Mother-Poles, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Online First: doi.10.1080/1070289X.2017.1291190.

Pustulka, P, Ślusarczyk M (2016) Work-life balance in the Polish migrant families settled in Norway, Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica, 17(3):71-91

Pustułka P (2016). Ethnic, gender and class identities of Polish migrant mothers: intersecting maternal narratives with transnationalism and integration, Social Identities, vol. 22:1, 44-61.

Pustułka P, Ślusarczyk M (2016a) Cultivation, Compensation and Indulgence: Transnational Short-term returns to Poland among three family generations. Transnational Social Review, vol.6(1-2): 78-92

Pustułka P, Ślusarczyk M. (2016b) Understanding foreign future and deconstructing Polish past: the experiences of schooling under a communist rule recollected by contemporary Polish migrants, European Education. 48:3, 220-237.

Pustulka P (2015). Virtual Transnationalism. Polish Migrant Families and New Technologies, Studia Migracyjne-Przegląd Polonijny, vol. 3/2015, 99-122.

Pustulka P, Ślusarczyk M, Strzemecka S (2016) Polish Children in Norway: Between National Discourses of Belonging and Everyday Experiences of Life Abroad,in: Z Millei, R Imre (eds), Childhood and Nation: Interdisciplinary Engagements, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 207-227.

Huang, L, Krzaklewska E, Pustułka P, (2016) Young Polish migrants in Norway: Education, work and settlement choice, Tidsskrift for ungdomsforskning, vol. 16(1): 63-78.

Research Projects

Peer Groups & Migration, Education-to-domestic and- foreign labour market transitions of youth: The role of locality, peer group and new media, NCN Sonata Bis, 2016-2020.

Wyzwania i strategie łączenia pracy i edukacji z rodzicielstwem wśród studentów i absolwentów Wydziału Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych Uniwersytetu SWPS, USWPS, BST, 2017-2018.

Transfam “Doing family in a transnational context. Demographic choices, welfare adaptations, school integration and every-day life of Polish families living in Polish-Norwegian transnationality”, Norway Grants, 2013-2016.

GENERA (Gender Equality Network in the European Research Area), Horizon2020, 2015-2016.

Review of evaluations of interventions related to violence against women and girls, DFiD UK, 2013-2014.

Nothing About Us Without Us – civic participation of Poles in Great Britain, ISP/MSZ, 2013.

Polish Schooling in Great Britain: tradition and modernity, PAU, 2013.

“Youth in shopping malls”, UJ, 2007-2008

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