1. A new subdiscipline has been initiated at the WSNSiR (the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Resocialisation): the sociology and anthropology of reconciliation. The team led by Professor Jacek Kurczewski, and whose members include Professor Małgorzata Fuszara, is conducting comparative research studies into conflicts and reconciliation between squabbling nations, and between ethnic and religious groups, in Poland, Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania and Ukraine. The research has obtained finance from the NCN (the National Science Centre). The WSNSiR is in ongoing collaboration with universities in Mariupol (Ukraine) and Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria). Findings from the research have been published, inter alias, in a book edited by Jacek Kurczewski, Reconciliation in Bloodlands (Peter Lang, 2014) and presented at a number of Polish and international conferences. The most important of these was “Non-Violence, Peacebuilding and Reconciliation”, with participation by leading specialists from the USA, France, Australia and Slovenia. The conference accompanied the cyclic meeting of Nobel Peace Prize winners, organised by the Lech Wałęsa Institute, in 2013.
2. The Faculty of Applied Social Science and Resocialisation is also conducting unique research into the legacy of Polish social thought —researchthat is unique in Poland—regarding cooperative practice. The work here is being carried out by a team led by Professor Marcin Król and Bartłomiej Błesznowski, PhD, under 4 grants financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The research findings are furthering reflection over the “new cooperativism” developing in the West and in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as diverse forms of alternative economy (e.g. the economy of sharing, cashless exchange, and alternative food networks). 11 volumes have been published in the series, 1 of them in English. Collaboration has been secured with the Brill publishers in Holland for publication of Cooperativism and Democracy. Selected Works of Polish Cooperative Thinkers. This book will be part of the series entitled “Studies in Critical Social Sciences” edited by David Fasenfest, and constitutes an important step towards restoring the connections between Polish political thinking and European cultural circulation.
3. Professors at the WSNSiR, in collaboration with bodies in the government, local government, and the third sector, are seeking solutions for important social problems, including in the areas of equal opportunities, health, exclusion, activisation of the elderly, disability and unemployment. Work at the Faculty results annually in approximately 20-30 expert opinions, making a long-term contribution to the creation of domestic public policies. Its staff have held (or continue to hold) important expert posts, appointed by governmental bodies. For example Professor Małgorzata Fuszara was the Government’s Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment. Professor Marek Rymsza is coordinator of the section “Social Policy, Family” at the Polish President’s National Development Council. Dr Łukasz Chojniak belonged to the Team of Experts at the Ministry of Justice dealing with the amending of the law on the profession of attorney at law. Apart from this, Professor Ewa Giermanowska and her team drew up recommendations for changes in the system of supporting employers in the open labour market, favouring the employment of disabled persons. Dr Magdalena Arczewska was an expert and thematic program advisor participating in the project for implementing articles 7, 10, 13, 14 and 22 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and one of the experts in a project at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. Professor Mariola Racław drew up recommendations for the Marshal’s Office of the Wielkopolska Province, which constituted the basis for targeted assumptions regarding social care services in policy regarding senior citizens. Professor Magdalena Dudkiewicz conducted an evaluation of the functioning of programmes for the “Prevention of Domestic Violence” and “Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence” at the Warsaw City Offices. The findings were used by the Office of Aid and Social Projects of the Warsaw City Offices to draw up a programme for the years 2017-2020. In addition, the WSNSiR is a leading centre of population policy research, currently significant in the context of the low rate of natural population increase and lack of generational replacement. The said research translates to recommendations concerning the reformulation of pension insurance systems. An outstanding expert in this field is Professor Józefa Hrynkiewicz, appointed as the Chairperson of the Government Population Council by the Prime Minister. Józefa Hrynkiewicz’s significant contribution to the shaping of population policy, and the long-term functioning of society, the state and the economy, involved – among other things – the working out of the conceptual assumptions for a pensions system and its place in the social security system. The work process embraced regular seminars with regular participation by leading domestic experts in the field and members of parliament involved in parliamentary work on the matter. They include: Michał Seweryński (University of Lodz), Jerzy Żyżyński (University of Warsaw), Marcin Zieleniecki (University of Gdańsk), Grażyna Ancyparowicz (National Bank of Poland), Józef Oleński (Lazarski University), Leokadia Oręziak (Warsaw School of Economics), Barbara Petz (University of Warsaw), Ewa Giermanowska (University of Warsaw), Janusz Śniadek (Solidarity, Member of Parliament), and Stanisław Szwed (Member of Parliament). The results obtained during work in the seminars were used for preparing a draft for the pensions system and studies into other social policy issues related to population policy. The preliminary results were presented in October 2016, at a sitting of the National Development Council in the Chancellery of the President of Poland, during a debate regarding social policy.
4. The WSNSiR specialises in conducting applied research studies, which support the activities not only of domestic but also international public institutions. The Faculty’s researchers participate in international teams of experts, draw up reports and expert opinions constituting the grounds for preparing developmental strategies and the bills for legal acts, as well as the assumptions for reforms in international public policies in the area of education and the civil society. For example, Professor Bartłomiej Walczak took part in the years 2015 – 2016 in preparation of the concept for a system evaluating education in schools in Saudi Arabia, and also managed a training team of evaluators in the same country as part of “The Public Education Evaluation Commission”. As a Senior Research Consultant in 2016, in the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights OSCE, he and a team drew up the recommendations for materials currently being prepared by the ODHIR for teachers, and conducted an evaluation of previous editions of such materials. Another effect of this work is the proposal of methodological solutions to be implemented in research projects in other OSCE countries. Dr Magdalena Arczewska is a member of two prestigious organisations: the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the Hudson Institute, both of which are based in Washington and both of which draw up annual reports regarding the legal environment and activities of the third sector around the world. The publications, reports and expert opinions of these organisations contribute to the implementation of systemic changes related to the activities of civil organisations all over the world. They are the only such reports on a European scale. For a report by Magdalena Arczewska on the Hudson Institute website, see: https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.hudson.org/files/publications/2015.06.15IndexofPhilanthropicFreedom2015.pdf
5. The Observatory of Living Culture – Research Network foundation was created in 2013 by academic staff, postgraduate students and students at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw. It is currently an interdisciplinary nation-wide research network and free-access portal providing information on culture (www.ozkultura.pl). Thanks to grants and voluntary work, we are developing the theory of living culture devised by Professor Barbara Fatyga and an original research method – created through teamwork – for investigating practices, written works and images; we conduct Poland-wide and local research studies (diagnostic and evaluative, also in the form of consortia or on commission), as well as continuous monitoring of the condition of Polish culture at commune, poviat and province levels, and also provide training; we give support in the creation of development strategies, in putting together the range of cultural activities in local communities, and other interesting projects. Our ‘knowledge portal’ contains, among other things, a continuously updated repository of socio-cultural data (databases, for example geolocation data on the availability of living culture infrastructure); a Multisource Dictionary of Culture that includes the original Dictionary of the Living Culture Theory in English (http://ozkultura.pl/node/10606); libraries – with a digital library plus a printed catalogue, as well as a Library of Academic Degree Papers; provincial Lists of Recommended Experts; reports from research studies, diagnoses and expert evaluations, as well as compilations of indices, papers on theory, and – above all – on methodology, together with detailed instructions on what to do and how.
6. A project financed by the National Science Centre on the grounds of decision no. DEC-2013/11/D/HS6/04643, entitled: “The cultural knowledge of women and its transfer in a displaced and uprooted community. The prospects of agential empowerment in structurally unconducive conditions”. The project manager is Dr Aleksandra Herman, while the main goal of the research project is to identify the culture-forming empowered agency of women in conditions of displacement and uprooting, taking the Ukrainian community experiencing Operation Vistula as an example. In Polish-language literature, the social situation of the displaced is described mainly from the point of view of national identification and the processes of taking root, while a male perspective predominates in this research – with male forms used for referring to particular peoples, such as Ukrainians, Lemkos, the displaced, migrants, neighbours, activists or “culture of their fathers”, etc. This project steps beyond the portrayals to date, since it explores purposeful – though socially unnoticed – culture-creating involvement of women in fostering collective ethnic and religious identity in the specific conditions of broken territorial, cultural and neighbourly bonds. The female transfer of culture, both private (familial and intergenerational) and public (in schools, by institutions of culture, and within political activity), has been placed at the centre of interest in this research. Intergenerational variability in women’s knowledge, and in the way of using it, is depicted as a consequence of the translations made in the cultural transfer, in order to adjust it to the changing political and social conditions. The research thereby strives to achieve the inclusion of women’s experiences, and to breach the hitherto male-perspective epistemology.
7. Dr Adrianna Surmiak is conducting research into “The ethics of qualitative research in marginalised communities. Analysis of researchers’ experience” financed by the National Science Centre. The goal of this project is to analyse the experiences and ethical views of researchers conducting qualitative research studies in marginalised communities. Studies are to be conducted with the involvement of sociologists and sociocultural anthropologists, who by using such methods as interviewing and observation are investigating communities which, for various reasons, are not participating in important aspects of society (e.g. due to long-term unemployment, poverty or homelessness). The research also tackles ethics, or – simplifying things somewhat – the proper and improper conduct of researchers. Although there is already a fair amount of literature regarding research ethics, as well as a professional code of ethics, we know little regarding what researchers themselves think on this matter, or what principles and values they are guided by in their research.
8. Dr Mustafa Switat is managing a project entitled „Equal Opportunities” – an editio maior of „Al-Musawat” (Equality) by May (Marie) Ziade financed by the NPRH (National Programme for Development of the Humanities). „Al-Musawat” is a philosophical-sociological publication written by the Arab (Palestinian) journalist, writer and poet May Ziade, who tackled social topics in her works, and as one of the first women in the Middle East fought for equal rights for Arab women. Her romantic-oriental poetry and essays were pioneering. Though herself highly dependent on integration, throughout her life she recommended reconciling contradictory views in her published works. The first critical work of May Ziade’s position in the Polish language will above all enrich the field of sociology, since she tackled social issues and was a pioneer in fighting for Arab women’s equal opportunities in keeping with the European model. The translation of this work (highly valued in the West) will provide Polish scholars with an opportunity to learn of eastern sociology, from the point of view of a female Arab intellectual from the turn of the 20th century. In this work, Ziada presented issues connected to equal opportunities, in regard to aspects such as aristocracy, social stratification, slavery, socialism (peacetime and revolutionary), anarchism and nihilism. Her writings have been described as ahead of their time, proof of which is this particular publication; although written in the early 20th century, it remains topical to this day. Project participants: Professor Jacek Kurczewski, Professor Małgorzata Fuszara, Dr Mykhaylo Mykhaylovych Yakubovych and Dr Krzysztof Gajewski.
9. The WSNSiR is a leading centre of criminological, penitentiary and penological research (meaning research into crime, imprisonment and the phenomenon of punishment) in Poland. The Faculty’s staff are conducting fundamental and applied research, providing knowledge and recommendations for institutions in the justice system, and are implementing a research project directed by Professor Andrzej Rzepliński and financed by the National Science Centre, “Life imprisonment. The murderer, their crime, and the punishment” (2013/09/B/HS5/04518) concerning perpetrators guilty of the most serious crimes. Professor Beata Gruszczyńska, as an expert in several bodies established by the Council of Europe, Eurostat and the European Commission, is involved in work on improving and standardising European crime statistics. The research into crime is reflected in the Faculty’s teaching – and the WSNSiR was the first in Poland to offer courses in criminology. The research regarding the prison system tackles above all its resocialising role, and its place in the broader system of punishment and probation. It is reflected in practice within the criminal justice system in Poland. Dr Paweł Szczepaniak is part of a team appointed by the Ministry of Justice for preparing an appraisal of the functioning of probation and imprisonment bodies. There is direct collaboration with correctional facilities (e.g. Strzelce Opolskie) and remand facilities (e.g. Warsaw-Mokotów). The year 2016 saw the publication of a monumental work by Professor Michał Porowski, Dzieje więziennictwa polskiego w piśmiennictwie i dokumentach [lit. The History of the Polish Prison System in Literature and Documents]. Poland’s only European Centre of Penological Studies, headed by Professor Jarosław Utrat-Milecki, is based at the WSNSiR. The National Science Centre project on “Penal cultures…” (2011/01/B/HS5/03206) was carried out there. The centre has published works such as Kulturowe uwarunkowania polityki kryminalnej [lit. Cultural Conditions of Criminal Policy] or Reformy prawa karnego [lit. Penal law reforms].
10. EURYKA, Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities, a project financed from EU funds as part of the Horizon 2020 programme. The Institute of Applied Social Sciences is one of the international consortium partners responsible for research activities in Poland. The Principal Investigator of the Polish team is dr Marcin Sińczuch. The other team members: Professor Ewa Giermanowska, dr Bogna Kietlińska, dr Mariusz Piotrowski, Piotr Michalski. EURYKA is a cross-national research project that provides systematic and practice-related knowledge about how social inequalities impact political and civil participation among youth. The project’s goal is to suggest novel models of democratic participation, so as to help reimagine a more inclusive European politics. EURYKA brings together researchers and civil society practitioners from nine European countries: France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The project coordinator and consortium leader is the University of Geneva. With the aim of strengthening the potential of democracy in the countries of Europe, the goal of the project’s measures is to better understand the conditions, processes and mechanisms underpinning how young people do politics, and in particular related to ways in which opinions are formulated and to taking measures intended to bring about social and political change. The project is planned for the years 2017-2020. Analytical work regarding the functioning of selected areas of youth policy in Poland, along with consultation regarding the research tools, was carried out in 2017. Completion of the following modules is planned for the year 2018: analyses of political discourse regarding youth in selected media (the press); the first wave of panel-based research; individual in-depth interviews (IDIs) with leaders and youth activists; and a survey experiment.
11. Dr Marta Rawłuszko is conducting research into “Introducing gender quotas to the electoral law – the case study of Poland in comparison to other European countries” (financed by NCN). The subject of her research concerns the process of introducing gender quota to the electoral law in Poland. The change that took place in 2011 seems to be a part of a wider international trend of implementing institutional measures which aim at increasing women’s participation in politics. At the moment, 112 out of 194 countries of the world has got gender quota. It is one of the most popular instruments of promoting equality between men and women. The objective of the project is to examine closely the history and dynamics of the Polish case. The researcher is interested in answering the following questions: How did the legal change happen? What was the role of women and women’s movement (mostly coordinated by the Congress of Women), what were the arguments of parity/quota supporters and opponents? What were the opinions presented by media experts? Finally, what are the consequences of this process for the political representation of women? The research will contribute to better understanding of interconnections between women’s movement activism (including employed discursive strategies), state institutions, wider political environment and eventual institutional change and its far-reaching effects. One of the hypothesis the researcher proposes predicts that effectiveness of the women’s movement in changing the electoral law has been an outcome of the discursive strategies and arguments used in the debate, which successfully linked quotas with broader social conceptions of citizenship and equality. However, it did not remain without influence on the women’s movement itself and the representation of interests of various groups of women.
12. Dr Adriana Mica, PhD, is conducting research under the title of “The paradox of unintended consequences: From the unseen hand to the effects of turning away in the social sciences” financed by the National Science Centre (NCN). The goal of the project was to create a conceptual history of the issue of unintended consequences in sociology and in economics. Its main achievements are: the articulation of sociology of unintended consequences and its main analytical confines; a systematic approach to utilising the metaphor of the “unseen hand” in sociology compared to economics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of science; an overview of literature by leading writers publishing material on this subject matter; the systematising of ways of explaining unintended consequences in economic sociology; and an overview of literature on unintended consequences in the new institutionalism. The project created a “bridge” between the sociology of unintended consequences and the sociology of ignorance, which materialised in the publication of a monograph: Sociology as Analysis of the Unintended: From the Problem of Ignorance to the Discovery of the Possible (Adriana Mica, 2018, Routledge), in the series: Routledge Series Ignorance Studies.
13. Dr Adriana Mica, PhD, is conducting research under the title of “Managing the European refugee crisis in a non-consensus situation. The emergence of strategy in Poland, Hungary and Romania” financed by the National Science Centre (NCN). The main achievements of the project are: better understanding of forced migrations and policies aimed at managing these phenomena, including in particular the sudden inflow of refugees; a contribution to research into mechanisms of ignorance as well as strategies and practices in the creation of public policies, using so-called hot negotiations in the context of absorbing different kinds of defeat; the usage and promotion of concepts developed in economic sociology for issues in the realm of public policy and crisis management strategy, opening up new theoretical possibilities for the analysis of public policy based on the conceptual apparatus existing in sociology. The project created a “bridge” between the sociology of ignorance and sociology of migration. This will materialise in the publication of another monograph in the series: Routledge Series Ignorance Studies, under the title Managing Ignorance: The Case of the European Refugee Crises ( Adriana Mica, Anna Horolets, Mikołaj Pawlak and Paweł Kubicki).
14. Dr Maria Niełaczna is conducting research under the title of “The best of the worst and the permanently bad. Life-sentence prisoners” financed by the National Science Centre. The research is focused on life in prison as the place of living for those sentenced to this extreme punishment, as well as the prison staff assisting them. The research embraces all aspects of a life-serving prisoner’s life, the reaction of prison administration and staff, and the involvement of external entities split into 5-year sequences; qualitative and quantitative analysis is being conducted of the penitentiary files of prisoners, together with analysis of statistical data obtained from BIS CZSW (the information and statistics office of the Central Board of the Prison Service). In addition, as part of the project, academic seminars are being organised with the involvement of psychologists, and the results of analysis of psychological-penitentiary rulings are being processed. The research has resulted in a contribution to teaching, since the project includes the conducting of a series of classes of a research nature with students, under the title “Kryminologia zła” [lit.: The criminology of evil] (pilot project), and an application has been submitted to the Teaching Innovation Fund (FID).
15. Dr Bohdan Skrzypczak, PhD, is conducting research under the title “The system of participatory management of the sphere of social economics (2017-2021)”. The grant is being implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy – POWER (Knowledge, Education, Development) 2.9, Priority axis: II. Effective public policies for the labour market, economy and education. The objective of the project’s activities is to reinforce the system for supporting the social economy by drawing up programmatic, legislative, financial, educational, and monitoring solutions suitable for the sector’s needs. The University of Warsaw is responsible for the preparation of research, analyses, expert opinions and in-depth reflection via a social economics laboratory. The project has included the launch of a Social Economics Laboratory, an interdisciplinary team investigating the area of social economics in Poland. There has also been a Poland-wide Forum of Social and Supportive Economics, 11 academic and expert seminars have been organised, and 30 expert opinions, analyses, evaluations and case studies have been drawn up. An extensive study, “Opening Balance of social and supportive economics in Poland”, has also been prepared. The above works serve the harmonising of public policies in the area of social economics throughout the country.
16. Dr Mikołaj Pawlak, PhD, is participating in the research network National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM PROJECT) Measuring and improving integration of beneficiaries of international protection. The project has been underway since 2016, carried out by a network of 15 partner countries, 2 coordinating partners and 4 strategic partners. The Institute for Social Prevention and Resocialisation (IPSiR) of the University of Warsaw is one of the strategic partners in this network, and Dr M. Pawlak is the coordinator on the part of IPSiR. The project is financed with funds from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Commission. Research in this project is conducted in close cooperation with the Migration Policy Group in Brussels (MPG), while the coalition of international partners participating in the project comprises civil society organisations, think tanks, and universities in Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Holland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden and Greece. NIEM is a six-year project, its goal to reinforce the competences of key players responsible for the integration of the beneficiaries of international protection in the fifteen EU member states listed above. As part of the research part of the project, a tool will be developed for the comprehensive appraisal of the integration of beneficiaries of international protection, enabling the identification of good practices and gaps in integration standards, as well as assessment of the consequences of legislative and political changes.
17. The project entitled “Policies for independent living in Poland and Norway on the example of the policy of professional activation and employment of disabled students and university graduates” was commenced in 2019 at the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Resocialization, University of Warsaw, under the Bilateral Cooperation Fund, the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 (operator – Ministry of Investment and Development). It is an international project worth € 145,000.00 implemented in cooperation with Norwegian partners – a non-governmental organization (Uloba – Independent Living Norge SA) and scientists from Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. The project is coordinated by dr hab. Ewa Giermanowska and dr hab. Mariola Racław. Other project participants include: dr Dorota Szawarska (researcher), PhD students Kamila Albin and Angelika Greniuk, as well as employees of the Unit for Sociological Analysis of Public Policies, Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw. The project is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2022. The project includes an expert component (a total of four expert opinions prepared by the Polish and Norwegian team) and a research component (research on assistant services in Norway). The project results will have a practical dimension, related to the development of a personal assistance model in Poland and guidelines for its implementation.
18. In 2019-2020 The Faculty conducts research on the topic of “Migrant Worker’s Perspective in Hungary, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria” financed by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Budapest. The principal investigator is Prof. Mikołaj Pawlak. This research project aims to understand more about policies on migrants’ employment and integration in four Central-Eastern European countries, as well as to identify effective policies which are encouraging migrants to stay in these countries (and not to go further to Western Europe). The project achieves these through learning more about possible entry points for legal immigration with a particular emphasis on migrants’ perspective – motives for immigrating, working conditions, relationship to the new country and community etc. The research aims to provide relevant information and guidance for policy recommendations: the chosen countries are all struggling with serious labour market shortage while simultaneously their governments are proposing a rather repressive stance on immigration – What could be those immigration policies that address the increasing labour demand while also respecting the sensitivity of the issue. The results will be presented in a country report for each country and a concluding study, policy recommendations will be prepared both on the national and EU level.
19. The Institute of Social Prevention and Resocialization of the Faculty is the partner of the project called “Social Professions for Supporting Youth in a European Solidarity Context” (Acronym: SP Young). Partnership/ Principal Investigator: dr hab. Danuta Lalak, Associate Professor. The rationale of the project is to analyze how ready for new challenges – accelerated globalization, technological developments, immigrant youth resilience and cultural exclusion – are Higher Education (HE) programs of Social Professions (social work, caritative social work, social pedagogy, sociology, social entrepreneurship) in partnering countries for the development of the idea and practice of positive youth development (PYD) in Eastern and Central European countries. HE must equip the students of social professions with the sense of purpose regarding the competences they need to shape lives of young people and contribute to solidarity values. The objective of the project is to collaboratively improve the existing study programs in partner universities with innovative interdisciplinary strength-based Course Module promoting positive asset building where young people are resources for critical strategies, and to work out the methodology for training of students. Target groups are the bachelor level students of study programs of social work, caritative social work, social pedagogy, sociology, social entrepreneurship, including educators, professional and informal career educators, etc. Project involves partnership of 5 universities that have specialized in youth development, prevention and youth education field. University of Bialystok (Poland) is the coordinator of the project, and partners are: Malmo University Faculty of Health and Society (Sweden); Klaipeda University Faculty of Health Sciences (Lithuania); Latvian Christian Academy (Latvia); and University of Warsaw Institute of Social Prevention and Resocialization (Poland).
20. In 2017 a study was conducted at the WSNSiR (the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Resocialisation) entitled “The Job Market and Equal Treatment based on Religion”, financed by the Office of the Ombudsman for Children. Team: Dr Elżbieta Ciżewska-Martyńska, Dr Marcin Jewdokimow, Dr Mustafa Switat, Dr hab. Bartłomiej Walczak (project manager). The study, conducted using an adapted sociological intervention method, was aimed at exploring the relations between religion and the treatment of employees on the job market. It embraced a series of five meetings (intervention groups) with representatives of religious groups, 19 in-depth individual interviews and 44 remote interviews with representatives of social-religious groups not participating in the sociological intervention groups, an interview with the Government’s Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment, two interviews with representatives of the largest trade unions, a CAWI (computer-assisted web interviewing) survey on a sample of 46 employers, and a query. A trimmed version of the report was published in the Newsletter of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland, 2018, no. 6 (https://www.rpo.gov.pl/sites/default/files/R%C3%B3wne%20traktowanie%20ze%20wzgl%C4%99du%20na%20wyznanie%20w%20zatrudnieniu.pdf).
21. In the year 2018 the Faculty commenced an international project entitled “Growing in Urban Education and Diversity, 2018-2021” – with dr hab. Bartłomiej Walczak heading the Polish section. The project is financed by the programme Erasmus+, Action KA2 , in partnership with the Karel de Grote University College (coordinating institution, Belgium), University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal), The Institute for Research and Information on Volunteering (France), and the Willem de Kooning Academy (the Netherlands). The project’s goal is to counteract school dropout via support for teachers’ professional development. Measures are to include the preparation of tools and training materials based on Carol Dweck’s concept of Growth Mindset, a series of training sessions and dissemination measures, as well as the evaluation being carried out.
22. In 2019 Dr Bartłomiej Błesznowski is the head of the project entitled “Metaphysics of Cooperation – Publication in English of the Writings of Edward Abramowski” covered by a grant from the NPRH (National Programme for the Development of the Humanities). The project’s goal is to compile the first English-language edition of the writings of Edward Abramowski, one of Poland’s most important thinkers of the turn of the 20th century. Despite belonging among the most outstanding social visionaries in Poland’s history, it was not until 2018 that the first translations of Abramowski’s works into English began. The publication of this volume constitutes an attempt at filling this gap, and thereby presenting to the international reader the philosopher’s accomplishments in the context of his connections with the European thought of his day, while also showing that – 100 years after he passed away – Abramowski’s thought continues to constitute a topical set of concepts that may serve to analyse the transformations that the world of today is going through, as well as a political proposition for the transforming societies of late capitalism. The Dutch academic publishers Brill, boasting experience reaching back 350 years, and as such excellent professionalism and editorial standards, has chosen to publish the book.
23. The ISNS (Institute of Applied Social Sciences) is running a “Career Clinic” project, a programme module as part of the initiative entitled “Programme of Integrated Measures for the Development of the University of Warsaw” (ZIP) planned for the years 2018-2020. The idea for this project came from the University’s Careers Office. Above all the Career Clinic’s tasks are innovative classes embracing the following: workshops, training, meetings with career advisors and experts, and projects carried out by the students. Their goal is to enable students to develop vocational and entrepreneurial skills, to learn the skills of project work and teamwork, and to resolve problems. The activities provided are for the university as a whole, and are being run in term-long series in 3 modules: module 1 – vocational counselling (tutor: Dr Tomasz Sobierajski, ISNS); module 2 – training (tutor: Dr Aleksandra Winiarska, ISNS); and module 3 – HR (tutor: Dr hab. Mariola Racław, ISNS). On the part of the University’s Careers Office, supervision over the Clinic is provided by Monika Niepiekło and Marta Piasecka, while the Clinic’s patron is Dr hab. Ewa Giermanowska of the ISNS.
24. From 2017 to 2019 the WSNSiR (the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Resocialisation) is running a project entitled “Integration and Reintegration in Action. Improving skills among students of social rehabilitation and prevention and students of social work – such as communicative, analytical and vocational skills – as expected by employers” (under the leadership of dr Ewa Stachowska), jointly financed by European Union funds as part of the Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development 2014-2020, via the NCBiR (National Centre for Research and Development). Its goal is to reinforce the communicative, analytical and vocational skills of 135 students in 2nd and 3rd year of first degree studies in two courses of study. Such skills are expected by employers, and coincide with social and economic requirements, making it easier for students to enter the job market. The project covers workshops in interpersonal communication, image creation, negotiation and mediation, team problem solving, databases, cultural differentiation, and methods of working with youth, and certified PRINCE2 Foundation training, carried out by an external Accredited Training Organisation. Project methodology anticipates the monitoring of both the participants’ skills and how they manage after completion of their participation in the project.
25. In the years 2013–2017, a research project known as “Why Para-formality Works. The Diffusion of the Payday Loan in Poland” and financed by the National Science Centre was carried out at the WSNSiR (the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Resocialisation). The project was implemented in its entirety by the ISNS (Institute of Applied Social Science) of the University of Warsaw, by a team comprising Professor dr hab. Iwona Jakubowska-Branicka (head of the project), Dr hab. Adriana Mica, and Dr Aleksandra Herman. Professor dr hab. Elżbieta Mączyńska, President of the PTE (Polish Economic Society), was invited to collaborate on the project. The project focused on investigating the market of loan companies in Poland, and a sociological, economic and legal analysis of this social phenomenon. The findings of our research have been published in the books Rynek firm pożyczkowych w Polsce. Teoria i praktyka, PTE 2018 and Loan companies in Poland. Theory and practice ISNS UW 2018. Both are available online on the websites of the ISNS and the PTE. The subject-matter of the research is decidedly interdisciplinary, which was reflected in the agenda of the conference on “The Market for Loan Companies in Poland. Theory and Practice”, held on 10 May 2019, and during which speeches were given by sociologists, economists and lawyers (more information on the conference is available on the ISNS website). In addition the findings of the research and the sociological, legal and economic analyses have been published in academic journals as well as numerous publications in selected business and legal media. The project’s researchers and implementers hope that the conclusions drawn from their research prove to be of significance in the decision process related to the process of legal regulation of the social area in question.
26. Dr hab. Marek Rymsza heads the project entitled “Safe Future for those with Intellectual Disability – Model testing” financed by funds from the ESF (Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development). Project execution began in September 2018. Its goal is to monitor the implementation (through testing) in eight local communities of a community support system for people with intellectual disability, the distinguishing feature of which is the creation of real opportunities for such a disabled person to remain within their living environment following the death of their chief guardian (disabled persons usually end up in nursing homes). The model solution is based on the formula of Support Circles, and was drawn up in the years 2015–2016 by a team of experts in which two faculty members were involved: Dr hab. Marek Rymsza, and Dr hab. Bohdan Skrzypczak. The said model solution draws on Canadian experience, adapting the Social Circles to the social, cultural and economic conditions in Poland. The University of Warsaw is a member of project partnership, the leader of which is the Polish Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability (PSONI), and is responsible for the analytical and research component. This component embraces (1) fieldwork in the form of action research, the goal of which is to monitor the process of creation of support communities around persons with intellectual disability in eight local communities, and (2) a series of seminar meetings at a national level, serving to synthesise the experience and draw up a final version of the support model, making use of the implementational experience. The research and analysis component of the products is being carried out at the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Resocialisation of the University of Warsaw. The project team at the University comprises Dr hab. Marek Rymsza, Dr hab. Bohdan Skrzypczak, and PhD student Angelika Greniuk.
27. In 2019 Dr hab. Adriana Mica and team obtained finance for the research project “Failures and Public Policies: The Possible, the Conditional, and the Accidental in the context of Poland” through OPUS funding at the National Science Centre of Poland. As part of the research conducted at the Institute of Social Prevention and Rehabilitation of the University of Warsaw, Doctor Mica’s team will be analysing how failures occur in the implementation of public policies, and what positive conclusions may be drawn from the said failures. The project is planned to last for three years, and will embrace both theoretical and empirical analyses. Firstly there will be analyses of various theoretical depictions of failure, taking into account such issues as: codependency; the scope of what is possible; and likelihood of occurrence. These theoretical depictions will be integrated into a single, coherent theoretical framework that can be applied for analysing public policies, but which it would also be possible to use more broadly in the social sciences. Secondly, the proposed framework will be used for analysing the cases of three public policies being followed in Poland: policy towards disability; policy concerning the admissibility of abortion; and migration policy. The analyses will focus on ways in which a failure develops, and how (if at all) this is manifested and why. The project will not only contribute to a greater visibility of the problem of codependency, but will also further growth in the accumulative knowledge within the social sciences.
28. In 2019, Dr Dagmara Woźniakowska-Fajst was granted funding through the MINIATURA scheme for a research project entitled ‘Zachowania dewiacyjne współczesnej młodzieży w Polsce – pilotaż badań typu self-report’ [lit.: Deviant behaviours of contemporary youth in Poland – a self-report pilot study]. This self-report study is a kind of questionnaire in which youngsters answer questions regarding whether during the past year they have displayed any behaviour against the law (e.g. smoking marihuana, or stealing something from a shop) or deviant behaviour (such as, for example, drinking alcohol). The respondents are to be pupils in their final year of primary school, at high school, technical college or vocational school. The project is planned as a pilot study, as a prelude before submitting an application for conducting such research on a large sample throughout Poland.