Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii
Wersja polska


Antonina Ostrowska, Professor, Head
 Barbara Gąciarz, Assistant Professor

The Group’s research focuses on changes in living conditions and social foundations of health in Poland. The free market economy brought about an increase in inequalities in various dimensions of the quality of life. It is analysed in a broad context of economic and socio-political conditions. The research covers the changes and the factors conditioning the level, quality and style of life. The achievements of the Group include the comprehensive panel research on disability in Poland carried out in 1993 and 2000. It resulted in multiple publications and expertise for social policy. The recent publications from this area include A.Ostrowska, J.Sikora, B.Gąciarz, Osoby niepełnosprawne w latach dziewięćdziesiątych (The Disabled in the 1990s) (Warsaw 2001) sponsored by the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna, and J.Sikora (ed.), Społeczne problemy osób niepełnosprawnych (Social Problems of the Disabled) (Warszawa 2002). In 2004 the Group has implemented research project financed by the Scientific Research Council (KBN) “Zdrowie, nierówności społeczne, dezintegracja społeczna” (Health, Social Inequalities, Social Disintegration). The research aimed at the indication of the poverty enclaves in Warsaw. Current research concentrates on: (i) the relation between the lifestyle of Poles and the level of healthiness: social factors conditioning pro-health behaviour (A. Ostrowska); (ii) economic inequality and social perception of systemic reforms after 1989 (J. Sikorska); (iii) the influence of the process of institutionalisation of local self-government on living conditions (B. Gąciarz). Within the framework of an international project, “Santé, Ingalités, Ruptures Sociales”, the Group co-operates with French scientific centres (with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS, and the Institut National d’Études Démographiques - INED) in comparative research on poverty in Warsaw and Paris.

Address: Institute of Philosophy and Sociology PAN,
00-330 Warsaw, Nowy Świat 72, Room 237,
tel. (48 22) 657-27-74; fax (48 22) 826-78-23