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About us:
We explore various sociological approaches in their analyses of contemporary social change. Among
them are: new economic sociology, temporal order of markets, human ecology, environmental
sociology, environmental politics and policies, relational sociology, governance, cultural analyses of
economic life, sociological approach to the change in education, relations between education and
society, multiculturalism in education, including massive in few of Ukrainian children and youth to
Polish schools. Scientific interests of the group evolved from sociological and historical
institutionalism and sociology of social, economic and political change, transformation of social order,
towards a search for new theoretical concepts, like event as a sociological category, relational goods,
or expectations.
Fields of interest include: the rise of digital platform economy, how international organizations shape
expectations, reshaping of the Polish tax system after 1989, ethnographic research into money
practices in households, social perception of inflation, socio-political and environmental determinants
of environmental governance, emergence of hybrid institutional order, educational cross-national

Seminars with participation of both faculty and doctoral students:

  • Regular seminars or the research group with presentations and discussions of texts of members
    of the group or texts of invited guests – conducted in English or Polish depending on needs of
    the audience.
  • Cyclical seminar: Education and Society. Cross-disciplinary seminar devoted to various
    aspects of educational change (in Polish).
    Current research projects:
  • Max Planck Partner Group: Sociology of Economic Life (with Max Planck Society) (M.
  • Directions and dynamics of Europeanization – Wolf policies in Central and Eastern Europe in
    an institutional perspective (K. Niedziałkowski)
  • Forest Value: LEARNFORCLIMATE: Learning to realize multiple forest policy objectives
    under climate related stress and disturbance (K. Niedziałkowski)
  • Transforming the State-Citizenship Relationship: The Institutionalization of the Personal
    Income Tax in Poland after 1989 (A. Rychard)
  • Intergenerational transactions: Relational work and moral frames in transfers of wealth from
    parents to their adult children (M. Olcoń-Kubicka)
  • AUTO-WELF: Automatyzacja polityk społecznych – infrastruktury algorytmiczne na rzecz
    dobrobytu w Europie (K. Sztandar Sztanderska)
  • Democratic Values in Educational Practice. The extended presence of Ukrainian children and
    youth in Polish schools after February 24th, 2022 (M. Federowicz)

Members of the group:
Prof. IFiS Michał Federowicz (chair): michal.federowicz@ifispan.edu.pl
Prof. IFiS Krzysztof Niedziałkowski: kniedzialkowski@ifispan.edu.pl
Dr Jędrzej Niklas (PASIFIC): jedrzej.niklas@ifispan.edu.pl
Prof. IFiS Marta Olcoń-Kubicka: molcon-kublicka@ifispan.edu.pl
Dr. Fabio Parasecoli: fp25@nyu.edu
Prof. Andrzej Rychard: arychard@ifispan.edu.pl
Dr. Marcin Serafin: marcin.serafin@ifispan.edu.pl
Dr. Michał Sitek: msitek@ifispan.edu.pl
Dr Celina Strzelecka: celina.strzelecka@ifispan.edu.pl
Dr. Karolina Sztandar-Sztanderska: karolina.sztanderska@ifispan.edu.pl