Department of Social Policy and Insurance

The Department conducts research on social policy, taking into account various specific policies. Although the main research perspective of the Department is based on political science, its members also use the methods of other social sciences, such as sociology or economics, in their research and analyses, due to the interdisciplinary nature of social policy. The main subjects of the Department’s research include family policy, migration policy, policy towards national and ethnic minorities, policy towards NGOs, the social security system including social insurance, public opinion and political debate.

Research fields:

  • monitoring and evaluation of public policies,
  • social policy models,
  • family policy,
  • demographic policy,
  • migration policy,
  • policy towards national and ethnic minorities,
  • policy towards NGOs,
  • social capital,
  • social insurance system and coordination of social security systems,
  • employment of foreigners,
  • labour market policy,
  • Brexit and social security for Polish citizens residing abroad,
  • public opinion surveys,
  • discourse analysis.

Publications

The research interests of the Department’s staff are best reflected in the latest edition of the book “Social Policy”, co-edited by Grażyna Firlit-Fesnak and Jacek Męcina (PWN 2018). It is the most important textbook on social policy, used to teach students in all academic centres in Poland, where this discipline is the subject of lectures. Members of the Department are Authors or Co-authors of 12 chapters of this work, including: G. Firlit-Fesnak (3 chapters and Appendix); E. Jaroszewska (2 chapters); M. Księżopolski (2 chapters); E. Leś (2 chapters); B. Samoraj-Charitonow (1 chapter); G. Uścińska (1 chapter); Cz. Żołędowski (2 chapters).

Other selected publications of members of the Department:

  • G. Uścińska, Prawo zabezpieczenia społecznego [Social security law]Wydawnictwo C.H. Beck, Warszawa 2021.
  • J. Łukaszewska-Bezulska, The Role of Social Capital in Labour-Related Migrations: the Polish Example. [in:] Journal of International Migration and Integration, 1–18, 2020.
  • C. Żołędowski, Poland in international migrations: the perspective of world systems theory,  Miscellanea Geographica – Regional Studies on Development, Vol. 24. No. 2, 2020 ISSN: (2084-6118), Published online: 30 Apr 2020.
  • M. Księżopolski, Dokąd zmierza polityka społeczna w wybranych krajach bardzo wysoko rozwiniętych[Where social policy is heading in selected highly developed countries], [in:] Polityka Sołeczna, No. 7, 2019;
  • Ł. Łotocki, Kryzys imigracyjny w Europie w polskim dyskursie publicznym w latach 2015-2018[Immigration crisis in Europe in Polish public discourse in 2015-2018], Dom Wydawniczy ELIPSA, Warszawa 2019.
  • G. Uścińska, Prawo ubezpieczeń społecznych. Zasady, finansowanie, organizacja[Social Security Law. Principles, financing, organization] C.H. Beck Publishing House, Warsaw 2019.
  • C. Żołędowski, Polish national minorities in post-Jagiellonian space (in:) T. H. Malloy, S. Oeter, G. Volkmer (Ed.): The promotion of national minorities by their ‘mother countries’ in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th and 21st century,  De Gruyter/Oldenbourg, Berlin-Boston 2019 (Publications of the Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe, Vol. 75).
  • C. Żołędowski, „Pierwsza repatriacja”. Powroty i przyjazdy osiedleńcze do Polski ze Wschodu po I wojnie światowej [“First repatriation”. Returns and settlement arrivals to Poland from the East after World War I], [in:], [in:]„Studia Migracyjne – Przegląd Polonijny”, Nr 1/2017, s. 63-93.
  • G. Firlit-Fesnak, Ł. Łotocki, P.W. Zawadzki (eds.), Europejskie polityki imigracyjne. Stare dylematy, nowe wyzwania[European immigration policies. Old dilemmas, new challenges], Aspra-Jr, Warszawa 2016.
  • E. Leś, Organizacje non profit w nowej polityce społecznej w Polsce na tle europejskim[Non-profit organisations in the new social policy in Poland on the European background], Warszawa 2016.
  • J. Łukaszewska-Bezulska, Migracje zarobkowe a kapitał społeczny na pograniczach kulturowych na przykładzie Opolszczyzny i Podlasia[Labour migration and social capital in cultural borderlands on the example of Opole and Podlasie regions], [in:] Studia Migracyjne – Przegląd Polonijny, z. 2 (156)/2015.
  • C. Żołędowski, Studenci zagraniczni w Polsce. Motywy przyjazdu, ocena pobytu, plany na przyszłość[Foreign students in Poland. Motives for arrival, assessment of stay, plans for the future], Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, Warsaw 2010;
  • T. Żukowski, Przeżywanie śmierci Jana Pawła II i jej rocznic [Experiencing the death of John Paul II and its anniversaries], [in:] T. Żukowski, (ed.; with P. Gierech), Wartości Polaków a dziedzictwo Jana Pawła II [The values of Poles and the heritage of John Paul II], Centrum Myśli Jana Pawła II, Warszawa 2009.

Cooperation

The Department cooperates with other faculties of the University of Warsaw (Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Law and Administration) and with other higher schools (Wrocław University of Economics and Business, University of Silesia, Department of Insurance at the Warsaw School of Economics, Department of Public Policy at the Warsaw School of Economics). It also cooperates with research institutes (Institute of Labour and Social Affairs, Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development of the Polish Academy of Sciences), committees and scientific societies (Committee for Labour and Social Policy Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Polish Social Policy Association), central and local government administration institutions (Ministry of Family and Social Policy, Ministry of Interior and Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Social Insurance Institution, Voivodeship Labour Office in Warsaw), as well as research and training centres.

This cooperation consists of:

  • participation of researchers and students in research projects and study visits,
  • participation in conferences organized by these institutions,
  • reviewing publications, doctoral and habilitation theses and books,
  • scientific supervision of trainees from other research and education centres,
  • preparing reports, opinions and expertise,
  • obtaining and exchanging data and information,
  • participation in publishing projects (such as monograph dedicated to the centenary of social policy in Poland in 2018 prepared by the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy).

Scholars

Head of Department:
Łukasz Łotocki, Ph.D.

Scholars:

prof. Grażyna Firlit-Fesnak
prof. Mirosław Księżopolski
prof. Ewa Leś
prof. Gertruda Uścińska
prof. Cezary Żołędowski
Emilia Jaroszewska, Ph.D.
Justyna Łukaszewska-Bezulska, Ph.D.
Małgorzata Ołdak, Ph.D.
Beata Samoraj-Charitonow, Ph.D.
Piotr Zawadzki, Ph.D.
Tomasz Żukowski, Ph.D.

Contact

67 Nowy Świat Street (Room no. 105B, 106, 107)
P:  +48 22 552 02 86
E: politykaspoleczna.wnpism@uw.edu.pl

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