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The Mobility Research Group (MRG) of SWPS University is an integrative platform for scholars specializing in migration and development (global challenges), comprising researchers from SWPS University and beyond. The Group’s research scope focuses not only on spatial and social mobilities, but also on immobilities.

Our comparative advantage stems from:

1. sociological, psychological and political insights related to both migrants and non-migrants, in global perspectives, with a special focus on CEE and wider post-Soviet area
2. combining Big Data on global movers with an in-depth understanding of everyday lives and structural constraints experienced by (forced) migrants
3. providing evidence to support and strengthen novel policy solutions.

 

Areas of Expertise

MRG Expertise

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MRG Team

Professor 

Izabela Grabowska

sociology and economics
SWPS University
e-mail: izabela.grabowska@swps.edu.pl
www.izabelagrabowska.com

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 Professor

Igor Lyubashenko

political sciences
SWPS University
e:mail: ilyubashenko@swps.edu.pl

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 Professor

Karol Olejniczak

public policy
SWPS University
e-mail: karol.olejniczak@swps.edu.pl

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Professor 

Krzysztof Jaskułowski

sociology and history
SWPS University
e-mail: kjaskulowski@swps.edu.pl

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Assistant Professor

Agnieszka Bielewska

sociology
SWPS University
e-mail: abielewska@swps.edu.pl

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Assistant Professor 

Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek

sociology
SWPS University
e-mail: dblachnicka-ciacek@swps.edu.pl

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 Assistant Professor

Agata Jastrzębowska

social psychology
SWPS University
e-mail: ajastrzebowska@swps.edu.pl

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Assistant Professor 

Magdalena Łużniak-Piecha

intercultural psychology
SWPS University
e-mail: mluzniak-piecha@swps.edu.pl

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 Assistant Professor

Joanna Roszak

social psychology
SWPS University
e-mail: jroszak@swps.edu.pl

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 Dr.

Agnieszka Trąbka

sociology and social psychology
Jagiellonian University
e-mail: agnieszka.trabka@uj.edu.pl

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Karol Chlasta

social informatics
doctoral candidate
SWPS University
e-mail: kchlasta@swps.edu.pl

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Dominika Winogrodzka

sociology
doctoral candidate at the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School of SWPS University
e-mail: dwinogrodzka@swps.edu.pl

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Experts by Area of Expertise

Anna Morawska

DIGITAL TRACES OF MIGRANTS

  • Professor Izabela Grabowska - sociology and economics
  • Assistant Professor Agata Jastrzębowska - social psychology
  • Karol Chlasta, doctoral candidate - social informatics

Anna Morawska

MIGRANTS, SPACES AND PLACES

  • Associate Professor Agnieszka Bielawska - sociology
  • Assistant Professor Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek - sociology
  • Assistant Professor Małgorzata Łużniak-Piecha - intercultural psychology
  • Dr. Agnieszka Trąbka - sociology and social psychology
  • Dominika Winogrodzka, doctoral candidate - sociology

Populism

NATIONALISM AND POPULISM

  • Professor Krzysztof Jaskułowski - sociology and history
  • Professor Igor Lyubashenko - political science
  • Assistant Professor Agnieszka Bielawska - sociology
  • Assistant Professor Małgorzata Łużniak-Piecha - intercultural psychology

human capital

HUMAN CAPITAL, WELL-BEING, AND SOCIAL REMITTANCES

  • Professor Izabela Grabowska - sociology and economics
  • Assistant Professor Agata Jastrzębowska - social psychology
  • Karol Chlasta, doctoral candidate - social informatics
  • Dominika Winogrodzka, doctoral candidate - sociology

conflict

MIGRATION AND (POST)CONFLICT AREAS

  • Professor Igor Lyubashenko - political science
  • Assistant Professor Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek - sociology

climate

MIGRATION AND CLIMATE CRISIS

  • Assistant Professor Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek - sociology

gender

GENDER REALITY CHECK (PERSONS AND PROCESSES)

  • Assistant Professor Małgorzata Łużniak-Piecha - intercultural psychology
  • Assistant Professor Joanna Roszak - social psychology

Comparative Advantage:

1. sociological, psychological, and political insights
2. revisiting established concepts in new contexts (CEE & wider post-Soviet)
3. gender reality check
4. combining Big Data and small data 
5. providing evidence to support novel policy solutions

 

 

Research Agenda of MRG

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Horizon 2020, panel: MIGRATION-03-2019: Social and economic effects of migration in Europe and integration policies, with the project: Empowerment through liquid Integration of Migrant Youth in vulnerable conditions (MIMY).

  • Consortium Leader: University of Luxembourg, Prof. Birte Nienaber
  • POLISH TEAM: Prof. Izabela Grabowska - leader, Dr. Agnieszka Trabka - post-doc, Dr. Magdalena Łuzniak-Piecha - post-doc, Dr. Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek - collaborator, Dominika Winogrodzka, PhD Candidate - collaborator
  • Start: 1 February 2020 (postponed start from autumn 2019)
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Budget: EUR 2,999,998.75
  • Coordinator: Université du Luxembourg
  • Website: www.mimy-project.eu

The MIMY research project has set out to improve the situation of young migrants in Europe through a multi-level analysis of the related integration processes. Collecting qualitative and quantitative data and conducting case studies in various countries, the interdisciplinary consortium will analyse the social and economic effects of (successful or failed) integration in order to derive evidence-based policy recommendations. Over the next three years, the 12 European partners will receive EUR 3 million funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

Especially since 2015, migratory flows to Europe have driven EU member states to adopt different national strategies regarding integration efforts and policies. Moreover, in the context of an ageing population and a need for certain professional skills, migrants make an important economic contribution to these countries. Therefore, with young people representing a large proportion of migrants, societies need to find new ways to tackle the challenges arising from integration of young third-country nationals and to avoid social exclusion.

Launched in February 2020, the EU-funded project MIMY addresses these issues by examining the effectiveness of integration policies in a comparative and interdisciplinary research endeavour. The 12 partners from 11 disciplines, such as sociology, cultural and political sciences, economics and psychology, will focus on the dynamic, open-ended process of integration across macro (EU migration policies), meso (regional economic and social systems) and micro (individual practices) level. Aiming to offer tailor-made, actionable policy recommendations, the multi-method approach will provide in-depth analyses of:

  • the long-term socio-economic effects of successful and failed integration
  • factors fostering or hindering integration processes of young migrants (considering the heterogeneity and diverse biographical backgrounds)
  • diverse social actors and institutions supporting the agency of young migrants by further strengthening their resilience and resistance strategies

The experiences of young migrants, which have often been neglected in past examinations, will be put at the centre of the MIMY project. “Taking their needs and expectations into account, we want to contribute to the empowerment of this vulnerable group enabling them to become active citizens within an inclusive society”, said Professor Birte Nienaber from the University of Luxembourg, who coordinates the project. “Directly involving young migrants as peer researchers and through participatory research, we want to actually make their voices heard in the policymaking bubble.”

Project Consortium

The MIMY consortium comprises 12 European partners from Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the UK. On 10-11 February 2020, they come together for the official project kick-off in Luxembourg.

  • Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Romania
  • Europese Confederatie Van Organisaties Voor Jeugdcentra ECYC Vereniging, Belgium
  • EURICE – European Research and Project Office GmbH, Germany
  • HAWK Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Fachhochschule Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen, Germany
  • ILS – Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung gGmbH, Germany
  • Kozep-Europai Egyetem, Hungary
  • Malmö Universitet, Sweden
  • SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospoleczny, Poland
  • The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
  • Université du Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Universitetet I Bergen, Norway

Contact:

Project Coordination:
Université du Luxembourg
Prof. Birte Nienaber
Phone: +352 466 644 9318
e-mail: birte.nienaber@uni.lu

Project Management:

EURICE GmbH
Nadine Schepp
Phone: +49 6894 388 1346
e-mail: n.schepp@eurice.eu

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