Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii
Wersja polska


NIŻNIK Józef, Professor

ESU is an international group of young researchers.  Most of the current ESU members are graduates of the Graduate School for Social Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology: dr Katarzyna Andrejuk,  dr Joanna Fomina, dr Natalya Ryabinska, dr Piotr Toczyski. During the coming academic year the Unit will be joined by selected Ph.D. students from the GSSR.

Research projects of the ESU are centered on Europe as a unique civilizational entity, ongoing transformations of democracy in Europe and the process of European integration and its international context. The studies done so far have been especially focused on the impact of European integration on social, cultural and political changes in Central and Eastern Europe. The results were presented in a number of doctoral dissertations and research reports made in international cooperation. In 2004 – 2009 ESU was engaged in the VI Framework EU Programme CONNEX (Connecting Excellence on European Governance). This Network of Excellence, coordinated by Mannheim University’s  Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, completed an international study on „Efficient and democratic governance in a multi-level Europe”.

is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology. Her professional interests include multiculturalism, migrations, European Union and Europeanisation. She holds MA degrees in law and sociology and an LLM degree in European law. She obtained her PhD degree in 2012 from the University of Warsaw. Her dissertation explored educational migrations from Poland to the United Kingdom after Polish accession to the European Union.

was born in Kamenets Podolski, in 1979. She holds Ph.D. in sociology from the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Master’s degree in English from Jagiellonian University, Krakow and Master’s degree in British Studies from Humboldt University, Berlin. She worked for Amnesty International,  London and Civil Service International, Bonn. Her academic interests include European integration and enlargement, immigration and immigrant integration, multiculturalist policies and gender equality.

NATALYA RYABINSKA, holds PhD in sociology granted by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences . Earlier graduated in sociology in Sociology Department at Kharkiv State University. In 2000 she got her MA in Sociology from Manchester University (realizing MA programme in the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences). Her PhD research was on "Media Framing and Citizens' Engagement in Public Life: Comparative Analysis of Ukrainian and Polish Press" and her main interests include media and democracy, methodology of text analysis in Sociology.

PIOTR TOCZYSKI – between 1999-2004 studied law, social science, psychology and cultural studies within the framework of interdepartmental individual studies at the Univerity of Warsaw. He holds Ph.D. from the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and  Master’s degree in Social Psychology from the University of Warsaw  Department of Psychology. In 2004-2005 at the University of Wales, Bangor, (first under Erasmus, then enrolled to continue a research project) he researched British print media coverage of Arthurianism. His interests include: internet analyses, sociology of the media, cultural criticism, science funding and medievalism. He works as an analyst for online publishing company where his responsibilities include establishing new partnerships for internet research projects. From 1997 to 2003 collaborated with “Polis” journal, from 2000 to 2002 with “Unia&Polska” magazine. He has published numerous articles in the Polish press. Involved in NGO activities on the European level.

ESU Working Papers is a series presenting work in progress of the European Studies Unit members.
By making the papers publicly available, the authors aim at triggering a scholarly discussion and receiving feedback.
The ESU Working Papers contents page lists the electronically available till 2009 papers starting from the most recent ones. Whenever a paper has already been published in a regular academic journal or as a book chapter, an appropriate note is included. Note that standard citation rules apply to ESU Working Papers. Most of the text written after 2009 appeared in print.

ESU Working Papers - Contents page

Józef Niżnik.2009. Theories of Integrations and the Future of the EU. Warsaw, November.Text
Joanna Fomina. 2009. „Imigration Policy Debates and their Significance for Multiculturalism in Britain. Working paper no 2/2009. Text
Joanna Fomina. 2009. „Multiculturalism as an Antidote to Nationalism: But What Kind of Multiculturalism to Choose?. Working paper no 3/2009. Text
 Nelly Bekus. "Construction of the Nation in the Belarusian Political Discourses". In Polish Sociological Review no1/2008. Text
Józef Niżnik. 2007. „The concept of democracy in the European integration discourse in the enlarged
Anna Gąsior-Niemiec. 2007. „Historia i pamięc na pograniczu”. Text
Florentina Constantin. 2007. „The EU’s policy making and the practice of multi-level governance”. Text
Krzysztof Iszkowski. 2006. „<> Richarda Coudenhove-Kalergiego: zapoznany wkład w integrację europejską”. Text
Joanna Fomina. 2006. „The Failure of British Multiculturalism: Lessons for Europe”. In Polish Sociological Review" no 4(156) 2006, pp. 409-424).
Monika Milewska. „Religious Aspects of the 20th Century Personality Cult”. (Paper presented at the British Association for the Study of Religions 50th Anniversary Conference: „The Study of Religions: Mapping The Field” at Harris Manchester College in Oxford, September 2004).Text

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