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Bank of Experts

Lidia Baran Lidia Baran

Lidia Baran, PhD, Assistant Professor


Institute of Psychology

Lidia Baran, Doctor of Social Sciences in the field of psychology, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Silesia in Katowice. She gained her research experience during training trips to the National University of Ireland (Ireland), University of Jyväskylä (Finland), and Universiteit Gent (Belgium). She is a graduate of postgraduate studies in mindfulness and compassion as well as numerous training courses in contextual behavioural science. Her research interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Relational Frame Theory, psychological flexibility, mindfulness, romantic relationships, and dishonesty. She is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science Polska, and the NAWA expert database.

Maciej Bernasiewicz Maciej Bernasiewicz

Maciej Bernasiewicz, PhD, DLitt


Institute of Pedagogy

Educator and sociologist, Associate Professor, Degree Programme Director: Art Therapy; Pedagogy; Special Education; Pedagogy: Early School Education and Pre-School Education at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Silesia in Katowice. His scientific interests lie in issues of penal policy, methodology of resocialisation, and contemporary criminology, but also include globalisation processes, modern lifestyles, and youth culture. He is the author of 4 books, including Family Life and Crime. Contemporary Research and Essays, over 90 articles from the interface of social pedagogy, criminology, and sociology of culture, and the co-editor of 2 books. He has worked as a probation officer and streetworker.

He is a member of the Polish Network About Parents in Education constituting the national branch of the European Network About Parents in Education (ERNAPE-PL) since 2017, and a member of the International Cooperation Committee of the Pedagogical Sciences Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences for the term 2020-2023.

Ewa Bielska Ewa Bielska

Ewa Bielska, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor


Institute of Education

Expert profile:

  • interdisciplinary approach in resistance studies
  • interdisciplinary perspective in risk
  • crisis and trauma studies
  • critical theory
Rafał Cekiera Rafał Cekiera

Rafał Cekiera, PhD, Assistant Professor


Institute of Sociology

His main areas of interest include sociology of migration, sociology of religion, and sociology of culture.


Maria Chełkowska-Zacharewicz Maria Chełkowska-Zacharewicz

Maria Chełkowska-Zacharewicz, PhD


Institute of Psychology

A psychologist (PhD) and musician (2nd degree State Music School), music psychologist and trainer. At the Institute of Psychology, she conducts research in music psychology and is engaged in teaching statistics and her original course “Psychology of Music”. Regional representative and member of the Executive Council of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. Author of books, chapters and papers on music psychology, owner and author of www.psychologiamuzyki.pl. Owner of the Strefa Harmonii (Harmony Zone) brand that was created to increase musicians’ psychological well-being. In her research and psychological practice, she implements the model of psychological flexibility, and it’s practical application: the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Edyta Charzyńska Edyta Charzyńska

Edyta Charzyńska, PhD


Institute of Psychology, Institute of Pedagogy

She completed her doctoral degree in Psychology in 2016. She also holds Master’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology. From 2010 to 2016, she worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant in the Institute of Pedagogy. She currently works as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences. She is engaged mainly in studying spirituality and moral virtues and possibilities of their usage in education and prevention and treatment of substance and behavioral addictions. She is also interested in the idea of plain language and its use in offices and business.

Maria Flakus Maria Flakus

Maria Flakus, MA


Institute of Psychology

She works as an Assistant at the Institute of Psychology (since 2014). Her research pursuits are research methodology, statistics, determinants of academic achievement, attitudes towards research and statistics, the psychology of boredom, clinical psychology, and psychotherapy. Also, she works as a psychodynamic psychotherapist (training completed at the Krakow Psychodynamic Center in Krakow, Poland).

Monika Frania Monika Frania

Monika Frania, PhD


Institute of Pedagogy

Monika Frania combines work as a scientist and academic teacher. Her research interests are focused on broadly defined media and education and are part of the current media pedagogy and media literacy studies. Her research area is related to communication, new technologies in teaching and learning, information and media competence of children and youth, and the media’s cultural and social contexts, which implies practical activity. Her primary workplace is the University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland). Monika was involved in a research project as a part of the New International Fellowship Mobility Programme for Experienced Researchers (NEWFELPRO) at the University of Split (Croatia); research projects financed by Visegrad International Found (in cooperation with Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic) as well as Mobility Fellowship at the University of Madeira in Funchal and The Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) in Prague.
PhD in Pedagogy; MA in Political Science (Social Communication and Journalism), MA in Pedagogy;

More information is available at https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2647-7363 and at https://us.edu.pl/instytut/ipe/dr-monika-frania/

Alicja Gałązka Alicja Gałązka

Alicja Gałązka, PhD


Institute of Pedagogy

Her research interests include:

Communication skills

Drama in education and therapy

Teachers and students well-being

Positive psychoeducation

Coaching in education

Damian Guzek Damian Guzek

Damian Guzek, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor


Institute of Journalism and Media Communication

Damian Guzek is an Associate Professor at the University of Silesia in Katowice, the leader of a team researching the cartography of new media and the digital sphere, and the Principal Investigator of the project ‘Papal authority transformed by changes in communication.’ He has been involved in several research projects in communication, religion, and politics. After completing his doctoral studies in Katowice, he undertook his post-doc at the Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre of Uppsala University and a research internship at the School of Divinity at New College, University of Edinburgh. He was also a visiting fellow at the School of Humanities, Keele University. In 2015-2019, he led the Polish National Science Centre’s research grant entitled ‘Media towards the idea of a secular state.’ Recently, he participated in the ‘Illiberal turn’ project conducted at Loughborough University. His research is driven by questions related to media consumption and digital media, religions, and politics.

Łukasz Jach Łukasz Jach

Łukasz Jach, PhD


Institute of Psychology

Łukasz Jach – psychologist and sociologist. Author of publications in health psychology, quality of life psychology, evolutionary psychology, economic psychology, and psychology of science. He likes to promote psychology, among others, as part of the texts published in Tygodnik Powszechny. His research concerns the relationship of modern mentality with the ways of perceiving health as well as the psychological contexts of people’s attitudes towards science, scientists, scientific discoveries, and the applications of scientific knowledge.

Katarzyna Juszczyk-Frelkiewicz Katarzyna Juszczyk-Frelkiewicz

Katarzyna Juszczyk-Frelkiewicz, PhD


Institute of Sociology

The areas of my interests:

·         Sociology of marriage and family: monoparental families, alternative forms of family life (cohabitation), division of housework, procreative plans.

·         Social policy: support for women and family, support for multicultural families.

·         Women in the labour market.

·         Public speaking.

·         Self-promotion and image in business.

·         Leadership in the organisation.


My publications concern the society of South Korea, Spain, Slovak Republic, and Poland.


Anna Jazłowska Anna Jazłowska

Anna Jazłowska, MA


I graduated from the University of Silesia with a Master’s degree in Psychology. I also have a diploma of postgraduate studies in Oligophrenic Pedagogy, and I am qualified to exercise the profession of an assistant for a person with disabilities and a school psychologist.

My interests are centred on topics of parenthood and parental stress as well as personal and relational resources in the context of being a parent of a child with a disability (especially with Down syndrome). I am an author and co-author of scientific papers which concern these fields. I presented my research at various scientific conferences related to family psychology and psychology of rehabilitation. Currently, I am working on my doctoral dissertation “Perception of parenthood and psychological well-being among parents of children with Down syndrome”.

I gained professional experience in therapy centres and schools, including special schools, and while working as an assistant in Anna Dymna’s foundation MIMO WSZYSTKO. I conducted trainings of basic life skills for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities being at risk of social isolation. Currently, I am cooperating with the Association of Families and Friends of People with Down Syndrome SZANSA in Katowice.

Sławomira Kamińska-Berezowska Sławomira Kamińska-Berezowska

Sławomira Kamińska-Berezowska, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor


Institute of Sociology

Author of two books:

– coursebook for students concerning professional prospects of sociologists in the current labour market in Poland (Socjolog w zakładzie pracy – nowe wyzwania i perspektywy: skrypt dla studentów zorientowanych na praktykę wykonywania zawodu w aspekcie wyzwań współczesnego marketingu i zarządzania personelem: wprowadzenie Sławomira Kamińska-Berezowska, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, Katowice, 2002);

– monograph devoted to issues related to women’s functioning in the current labour market and their involvement in trade union activity – (Kobiety w wybranych segmentach polskiego ruchu związkowego a równość płci: studium z zastosowaniem teorii Pierre’a Bourdieu Sławomira Kamińska-Berezowska. Published by Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, Katowice: 2013).

• Author of numerous articles, papers, research reports, and training materials for trade unions.

• Co-organiser of conferences and work groups at Polish sociological conferences and meetings.

• Scientific expert and supervisor of research projects, including those carried out at the University of Silesia.


The effects of her experience and cooperation with the world of labour are reflected in:

·  publication of materials for NSZZ Solidarność trade unions Wizerunek przedsiębiorstwa a satysfakcja pracownicza – wspólny wkład w rozwój przedsiębiorstwa i wzajemne korzyści w ramach Programu Operacyjnego Kapitał Ludzki finansowanego ze środków Unii Europejskiej w ramach EFS- „Społeczne aspekty podnoszenia potencjału adaptacyjnego przedsiębiorstw oraz pracowników” priorytet II „Rozwój zasobów ludzkich i potencjału adaptacyjnego przedsiębiorstw oraz poprawa stanu zdrowia osób pracujących”; 2009),

· preparation of training materials and anti-discrimination guidelines for the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ) in Katowice;

·  science communication activities:  co-editor (together with Bożena Gawryluk) of multi-author publication Miejsce kobiet w kształtowaniu i umacnianiu ruchu związkowego w Europie  (Women’s role in creating and strengthening of trade union movement in Europe), published by Śląskie Media, Katowice, 2010.


Acted as a debate moderator during the Third International Conference Social Boundaries of Work. Methodological and practical problems of research into work and employment in modern societies held in Katowice in 2017. Moderated the debate:  Praca i dialog społeczny w Polsce – problem integracji świata pracy i świata nauki (Work and social dialogue in Poland – problem of integrating the world of work and science). The debate was also attended by representatives of all major trade unions in Poland (brief report in:  Górnośląskie Studia Socjologiczne – T. 11. 2020.


In 2020, participated as an expert in the following research:

·  „Dekarbonizacja – instrumenty ewentualnego wsparcia dla zwalnianych pracowników kopalń w ocenie działaczy związkowych ZZG i pracodawców” (w ramach umowy o współpracę nr PL 07/11/2020 pt. „Instrumenty wsparcia dla zwalnianych pracowników kopalń” realizowanego przez  Związek Zawodowy Górników w Polsce wraz Fundacją im. Róży Luksemburg przedstawicielstwo w Polsce).

·   „Kwalifikacje i kompetencje w samoocenie pracowników administracyjnych kopalń i możliwość ich wykorzystania w zdekabonizowanym rynku pracy” (w ramach umowy o współpracę nr PL 06/11/2020 pt. „Kwalifikacje i kompetencje pracowników administracji kopalń” realizowanego przez  Związek Zawodowy Górników w Polsce  wraz Fundacją im. Róży Luksemburg przedstawicielstwo w Polsce).

Grants and recent projects:

· a scientific expert (since 1 July 2020) in project „Dialog oparty o wiedzę” współfinansowanym przez OPZZ oraz ze środków Unii Europejskiej, w ramach Europejskiego Funduszu Społecznego, Działanie 2.20 „Wysokiej jakości dialog społeczny w zakresie dostosowania systemów edukacji i szkolenia do potrzeb rynku pracy” (no. POWR.02.20.00-00-0021/19).

· Grant supervisor „Działaczki i działacze związków zawodowych wobec problemów równości płci i możliwości samorealizacji kobiet w sferze zawodowej i w ruchu związkowym w III RP” (grant received in 2011 from the Ministry of Science and Education).

Professional membership:

· Polskie Towarzystwo Socjologiczne, sekcja socjologii pracy, Polish (Sociological Association, section: sociology of work)

· Komisja Studiów nad Przyszłością Górnego Śląska, Polska Akademia Nauk, Oddział w Katowicach (Commission for Studies into the Future of Upper Silesia, Polish Academy of Science, Katowice branch)

Mirosław Kisiel Mirosław Kisiel
Mirosław Kisiel, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor


Institute of Pedagogy

Music Theory and Pedagogy

Teaching expertise: music education of children and adolescents, vocal coach, music therapy, music and movement, dance.

Sara Knapik-Szweda Sara Knapik-Szweda

Sara Knapik-Szweda, PhD


Institute of Pedagogy

Sara Knapik-Szweda, PhD, certified music therapist, is affiliated with the University of Silesia where she received her doctoral degree for her dissertation on the application of music therapy in a developmental approach in working with children with ASD.

Clinician and researcher. She is an Assistant at the University of Silesia.

She works with premature infants in the NICU, children, teenagers, and adults with ASD, in her own music therapy centre – MUZKA. Member of the Polish Music Therapy Association.

Her research interests involve humanistic and developmental approach, relations and family-centred therapy.

She conducted music therapy with premature infants and their families in a hospital in Silesian Voivodeship within the research project LongStep –   Longitudinal study of music therapy’s effectiveness for premature infants and their caregivers (RCN, nr of project: 273534)

She has conducted numerous music therapy workshops for other specialists and parents.


Justyna Łapaj-Kucharska Justyna Łapaj-Kucharska

Justyna Łapaj-Kucharska, PhD


Institute of Political Sciences

Doctor of Humanities in the field of political science. Participant of several university grants and research projects on various topics related to media, theoretical aspects of democracy, the functioning of the European Union and international relations. Author of many scientific articles on various topics, with particular emphasis on: Latin America, Polish foreign policy after 1989 and the Middle East (especially in the context of Israel). Her doctoral dissertation was devoted to Poland’s foreign policy towards Latin America in the post-Cold War period. She is interested in cooperation in the field of international issues, especially in Latin America, Israel and Jewish culture, as well as in combining international issues and psychological aspects of international relations.

She speaks English and Spanish, and she is learning German and French.

Dagna Kocur Dagna Kocur

Dagna Kocur, PhD


Institute of Psychology

Psychologist, holder of a doctoral degree in social sciences in the field of psychology, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Silesia. She graduated from the University of Silesia with a degree in Psychology and from the SWPS School of Social Sciences and Humanities with a degree in Clinical Sexology. Her interests focus on power relations, sexuality, public display of affection, and in particular, mindfulness and self-compassion. She has completed numerous courses, including training in the field of mindfulness and compassion. She co-authored a study investigating the significance of self-compassion for sexual satisfaction, the course of chronic illnesses, and academic functioning at the time of the pandemic.

Wojciech Kruszelnicki Wojciech Kruszelnicki

Wojciech Kruszelnicki, PhD


Institute of Pedagogy

Teaching English as a Second Language
Krzysztof Łęcki Krzysztof Łęcki

Krzysztof Łęcki, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor


Institute of Sociology

Specialises in the sociology of culture, sociology of literature, and social communication.

Editor of the philosophy/sociology section of the Opcje cultural quarterly since 1996.

Member of the Programme Board of Radio Katowice 2008 – 2012

Member of the Program Board of TVP Katowice 2012 – 2016

Member of the Program Board of Radio Katowice 2016 – present

1995 – 1999 “The Social History of Poverty in Central Europe”, in 1998-1999 he carried out research within the grant “Social History of Poverty in Central Europe: the Polish Case”, in its part concerning Upper Silesia, awarded by The Institute for Human Sciences (Das Institut fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen) based in Vienna.

2003-2006 team member of the research programme: Organised Civil Society and European Governance funded within the Fifth European Framework Programme. Contract No.: HSPE-CT-2002-00114 (project coordinator: International School of Political Science of the University of Silesia in Katowice; project manager – Full Prof. Kazimiera Wódz

2007-2011 team member in SPHERE research programme: “Space, Place and the Historical and contemporary articulations of regional, national and European identities through work and community in areas undergoing economic restructuring and regeneration” (as part of the Seventh European Framework Programme). Project leader: Prof. Kazimiera Wódz

2014-2017 team member in the research programme (RESCuE) Patterns of Resilience Turing Socioeconomic Crises among Households in Europe (as part of the Seventh European Framework Programme). Project leader: Prof. Kazimiera Wódz


Karina Leksy Karina Leksy

Karina Leksy, PhD


Institute of Pedagogy

She completed master’s studies in Pedagogy, specialising in Health Pedagogy and doctoral studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Since 2011, she has been employed as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Pedagogy of the University of Silesia in Katowice. Karina Leksy conducts educational classes with students of pedagogy, incl. in the field of health education and health promotion, social pedagogy, and pedagogical therapy. Her research interests focus on the following issues: health education and health promotion; the importance of popular culture for the quality of life and health of modern people; children and young people in digital culture – health and pedagogical contexts; population health in the context of contemporary civilisation threats; behavioural addictions in the context of health. Her professional interests have also evolved towards special education and working with children with special educational needs. Therefore, she expanded her professional qualifications as part of postgraduate studies:

1. Postgraduate Studies in Early Support for Child Development with Elements of Sensory Integration – WSB University in Chorzów;

2. Postgraduate Qualification Studies Pedagogical Therapy and Revalidation of People with Special Educational Needs – University of Silesia in Katowice.

She also completed numerous courses and training in behavioural therapy. Since 2020, she has been working with children with autism spectrum disorders in the field of behavioural therapy at the Behavioral Therapy Centre in Gliwice.


Zbigniew Markowski Zbigniew Markowski

Zbigniew Markowski, MA


Institute of Journalism and Media Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences

Journalistic accomplishments:

* over 1000 TV film reports, about 50 TV reportages

* over 300 press articles in the regional press

* over 1,000 articles in online periodicals

* over 700 films published on the internet – YouTube

* over 20,000 photos published on the internet

* 7 own internet portals (www.tg.net.plwww.antryj.plwww.gwarki.tg.net.plwww.kuchnia-slaska.plwww.poznaj-slask.plwww.kici-kici.pl , www.24.edu.pl

Practical skills:

* all journalistic and editorial work

* work with a film camera and film editing (linear and non-linear) – Video Studio Pro, Da Vinci Resolve, and others

* media management

* aerial vehicle operator license issued by the Civil Aviation Authority

* website design in static and dynamic CMS technology – Concrete5, WordPress and others

* processing of bitmap and vector graphics in graphic design software – Corel Photopaint, and others


Agnieszka Miarka Agnieszka Miarka

Agnieszka Miarka, MA


Institute of Political Science

Her research focuses on unrecognised states in the post-Soviet space, domestic and foreign policies of post-communist states (particularly Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia), international security, strategic studies, and armed conflicts of the 21st century. Author of several dozen scientific articles. Winner of the Rector’s Distinction of the University of Silesia in Katowice for scientific and research achievements.

Rafał Muster Rafał Muster

Rafał Muster, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor


Institute of Sociology

Work experience:

–        since 1 October 2005 – employed as an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Silesia in Katowice (since 1 October 2019 as the Deputy Director of the Institute of Sociology and as an Assoc. Prof.).

–        April 2002 to September 2005 – employed in Poviat Labour Office in Tychy as an Employment Agent and from 1 March 2004 as the Employment Agency Department Supervisor.

–        June 2001 to March 2002 – employed in PKO Bank Polski SA Personnel Policy Section of the Department of Human Resources Management and Organisation in Katowice.

–        July 2000 to June 2001 – employed in Poviat Labour Office in Tychy as an Employment Agent.

Main activities and responsibilities:

Teaching (courses: Social policy, Methodology of Social Sciences, Labour Market, Organisation culture, Diploma Seminar); research (contemporary labour market, changes in the labour market, unemployment, problems of discrimination in the labour market). Preparing expert opinions for Civic Institute (e.g., labour market, working poor problems). Writing reviews (journals, books).


Selected projects (labour market):


2018: substantive coordinator of the grant project implemented in the Institute of Sociology of the University of Silesia entitled: Time for internship (grant project written in partnership with PUP Tychy).


2017: substantive coordinator of research on generation management in Ruda Śląska. Employer – Poviat Labor Office in Ruda Śląska. Project Generation management in Ruda Śląska;


2011-2014: team member/expert in ICSE – new computer-assisted methods of education for regional work force of innovative economy programme. Innovative testing project co-funded from the EU funds, implemented by University of Silesia.


2009-2010: team member/expert in the Programme of Regional Labour Market Monitoring. The project was implemented by Voivodeship Labour Office in Katowice, co-funded from EU resources (Human Capital Operational Programme 2007-2013).


2009-2011: team member/expert in the programme entitled From Research to Action. Analysis of development trends and economic trends and economic changes in the area of Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia. Project co-funded from EU resources (Human Capital Operational Programme 2007-2013)


2010-2011: team member/expert in project entitled Activation and Deactivation of Human Capital in Local Environment. A study of results of educational and occupational mobility for the quality of life in peripheral cities. Grant KBN (no PB-660-/WNS/2007)


Edyta Niedudziak Edyta Niedudziak

Edyta Nieduziak, PhD


Institute of Pedagogy


Edyta Nieduziak, PhD is a pedagogue, special education teacher, theatrologist, graduate of the Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology and the Faculty of Humanities at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. She explores the application of artistic expression and creativity, especially theatrical, in therapeutic and developmental processes. She is an author of various publications in this field, and a member of the Psychiatry and Art Association and the Scientific Section of Art Therapy of the Polish Psychiatric Association.

She cooperates with academic centres and non-governmental organisations: in preparing and implementing projects oriented towards people at risk of marginalisation. She conducts trainings for teachers in the field of special education and work with students with special educational needs, during which she uses the experience gained from her own educational work with students of primary and secondary schools as well as therapeutic institutions.

Monika Noszczyk-Bernasiewicz Monika Noszczyk-Bernasiewicz
PhD Monika Noszczyk-Bernasiewicz


Institute of Pedagogy


Monika Noszczyk-Bernasiewicz, PhD, social and rehabilitation educator. Her research interests include social problems, especially juvenile delinquency, social maladjustment, and functioning of family environments of minors. She is an author of several dozen articles in this field, co-editor together with B. Kromolicka and A. Radziewicz-Winnicki of the book entitled Pedagogika społeczna w Polsce po 1989 roku Przemiany w nauce, obecność międzynarodowa, kręgi tematyczne prac badawczych (Social Pedagogy after 1989. Transformations in science, international presence, thematic circles of research works) , published by the Social Pedagogy Team of the Pedagogical Sciences Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Katowice 2007) and the author of books entitled: Nieletni przestępcy w percepcji personelu i nadzoru resocjalizacyjnego oraz studentów resocjalizacji (Juvenile delinquents as perceived by rehabilitation staff and supervisors and by resocialization students)(Katowice 2010) and (together with Maciej Bernasiewicz) Family Life and Crime.Contemporary Research and Essays (Katowice 2017).

Tomasz Okraska Tomasz Okraska

Tomasz Okraska, PhD


Faculty of Social Sciences

A graduate of political science and history. Holder of a doctoral degree in social sciences in the field of political science. Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Silesia. In 2010-2017 editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Pisma Humanistyczne-Humanistic Scripts. Initiator or co-organiser of many scientific conferences. Lecturer in over a dozen subjects in the form of lectures, exercises, or seminars. Nominated for the “Student’s Friend” award. A long-term collaborator of Gazeta Uniwersytecka UŚ (University of Silesia Magazine), author of nearly 100 press publications. Lecturer at the Academy of Diplomacy. Science Communicator. His research interests are primarily political, economic, and social problems of the countries of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Author of a book analysing Indian-Chinese relations.

Michał Ochwat Michał Ochwat

Michał Ochwat, PhD


Michał Ochwat obtained his doctoral degree in Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow based on the dissertation entitled: Areas of supervision over an integrated financial market (supervisor: Prof. Marek Michalski). The author’s scientific and practical interests focus on financial market and public law and finance and economy. In his research, he deals with the interdisciplinary issues of financial supervision, including financial aspects related to the stability of the financial system and public-law issues of organisation and legal forms of operation.

Robert Pyka Robert Pyka

Robert Pyka, PhD, Associate Professor


Institute of Sociology

In his research, he focuses on issues related to the city and metropolis, including empowerment, decentralisation and the complexity and diversity of urban processes as a source of creativity and innovation. He is interested in multilevel governance and participatory democracy. He perceives cities as a lens focusing major challenges of the contemporary world. It is where he looks for innovative solutions. He mainly concentrates on problems of sociology and anthropology of politics, especially focusing on issues connected with the future of a state and local structures in globalisation, metropolisation, and “governance” perspective. Between 2020 and 2021, he carried out a project “Metropolises as laboratories for new models of innovation places” as a fellow in the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Lyon (France) (https://collegium.universite-lyon.fr/m-robert-pyka–162030.kjsp?RH=1593414521533).

In 2018, he led research on the creative communities in Katowice and Kraków in the context of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Annual Conferences. He is a member of international organisations and research networks, such as the Observatory on Local Autonomy, the International Association of French Language Sociologists, and the Regional Studies Association. He cooperates with universities from France, Canada, Germany, and Australia. Between 2019 and 2020, he was the Deputy Dean for Research and Internationalisation at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Before that, he held the position of the Scientific Director of the Institute of Sociology. In 2017, he established the Observatory of Urban and Metropolitan Processes (OUMP), the consortium of seven research entities from the Silesian Voivodship, focusing on urban and metropolitan research. Since 2003, he has been managing an NGO, whose main goal is the cooperation between the twin cities of Katowice (Poland) and St-Etienne (France).


Aleksandra Pyrzyk-Kuta Aleksandra Pyrzyk-Kuta

Aleksandra Pyrzyk-Kuta, PhD


Institute of Pedagogy

Pedagogue, graduate of the University of Silesia in Katowice (2004), where she also completed postgraduate studies in the field of Psychocorrection of Behavioral Disorders in Children and Adolescents (2008).

In 2015, she defended her doctoral dissertation entitled “The creative process in the social rehabilitation of minors in an open environment on the example of theatricalization techniques”.

She is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Pedagogy of the University of Silesia, coordinating internships for Art Therapy majors. She also works as a surdopedagogue, providing therapy for children with hearing impairment and art therapy for children with behavioral disorders and special educational needs. She develops her alternative communication skills by learning Polish Sign Language (PJM). She is a promoter of Deaf culture, bringing the hearing world closer to the hearing-impaired.

She also deals with dance therapy (choreotherapy). She teaches multiple courses and trainings she authored herself. At the same time, she is constantly growing, honing her skills in the field of conscious work with the body as well as expression and movement creation within the scope of therapy, education, and art.

Member of the “KAJROS” Association of Polish Art Therapists.


Hanna Przybyła-Basista Hanna Przybyła-Basista

Hanna Przybyła-Basista, PhD, DSc, Associate Professor


Institute of Psychology

Long-term research experience and expertise in:

·         Determinants of psychological well-being of individuals in the process of crisis and post-crisis adaptation, in particular:

(a) adaptation of mothers and fathers to parental roles during pregnancy and when children are young

(b) protective and risk factors for the well-being of pregnant women

(c) adaptation of parents to challenges associated with raising a child with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder

(d) adjustment of adults and children to a divorce situation

·         The importance of personal resources (e.g., ego-resiliency) and the support received from the partner and family in adapting to life changes and their measurement

·         The role of parental stress in the experience of marital and family satisfaction

·         Adaptation to Polish conditions of questionnaires and evaluation of psychometric properties (e.g., The Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS); the revised version of The Ego Resiliency Scale ER89-R12; The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire (OHQ-23), The Polish version of the Sexual Satisfaction Scale for Women – SSS-W; The Parental Stress Scale – PSS)

·         Assessing the effectiveness of the family mediation in the divorce and post-divorce process, with a particular focus on the parties’ readiness for mediation


Academic output includes approximately 70 papers, two monographs, and six chapters in multi-author monographs. Of 45 scientific articles published between 2008 and 2020, 39 appeared in journals such as the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Psychology, Health & Medicine, Current Issues in Personality Psychology, Health Psychology Report, Polish Psychological Forum, Psychological Journal.


Robert Rajczyk Robert Rajczyk

Robert Rajczyk, PhD, DLitt


Institute of Journalism and Media Communication

Journalist and expert interested in the issues of disinformation and propaganda as well as V4’s states, Moldova, and Kosovo.

Izabela Rajska- Kulik Izabela Rajska- Kulik

Izabela Rajska-Kulik, PhD


Institute of Psychology

  • academic interests and fields of research: specificity of functioning of people experiencing partner’s aggression, aggression and self-aggression manifested by adults and adolescents, coping strategies related to somatic diseases;
  • practical activities: psychological counselling – assisting people with anxiety disorders, depression, personality disorders, working with people affected by a crisis situation, crisis intervention;
  • member of Polish Academy of Sciences (The Committee on Psychological Sciences, Katowice Branch), member of National Association of People and Institutions for Domestic Violence Prevention;
  • author and co-author of several publications in the field of clinical psychology and psychopathology (disorders psychology)
Małgorzata Satoła Małgorzata Satoła

Małgorzata Satoła, PhD


Institute of Pedagogy

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Pedagogy, special education teacher whose area of expertise includes blindness and education, intellectual disability education, deaf education, early development support, persons with autism spectrum disorder and Asperger syndrome. Teacher with over 25 years of professional experience in working with and educating persons with vision impairment and with multiple disabilities.

Areas of professional interests are related to:

– lifelong development support and education of persons with vision impairments,

– self-fulfilment of adult persons with vision impairments,

– competence in special teaching and training of special education teachers,

– innovation in special needs education,

– balanced development.

Natalia Stankowska Natalia Stankowska

Natalia Stankowska, PhD


Institute of Pedagogy

Research fields: pedagogy, special needs education, rehabilitation.

Subjects:  problems of social adaptation of children, teenagers and young people, process of rehabilitation, social pathologies, penitentiary policy.

Małgorzata Suchacka Małgorzata Suchacka

Małgorzata Suchacka, PhD, Dlitt, Associate Professor


Institute of Sociology

  • Author or co-author of 7 books and over 100 articles in polish and foreign journals and books
  • Her scientific interests refer to artificial intelligence, and technological development in the context of social relations,
  • Her scientific interests lie also in relations between business and science, with particular emphasis on issues of entrepreneurship and innovative climate. She participated in many research projects concerning knowledge-based society, information society, CSR, and knowledge management.
  • In her research she mainly concentrates on problems of sociology of labour and management especially focusing on issues connected with the organisational culture and human resources management as well as creative class, creative cities, creative regions in the context of regional development.
  • She was the main coordinator of the ministerial project entitled: “Industrial region as “a learning region” – sociological conditionings of the transformations on the example of the Silesian Voivodeship “(2010-2012).

She has conducted several scientific studies based on quantitative and qualitative methods. The main objective was to combine these approaches and develop new theoretical foundations and practical solutions.

Marek Stanisław-Szczepański Marek Stanisław-Szczepański

Full Professor Marek Stanisław Szczepański


Institute of Sociology

His main fields of scientific interest are theoretical sociology, sociology of region and local communities, city and space, social change and development. He is the author or a co-author of over 350 scientific papers.

Corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Sociology Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences.



Iwona Tomas Iwona Tomas

Iwona Tomas, PhD


Institute of Pedagogy

A graduate of the Teachers’ College in Bytom (Integrated Early Childhood and Pre-school Education, 2010 as well as Arts Education and Integrated Early Childhood Education, 2012). She defended her artistic diploma in 2012 under the educational and artistic supervision of the Faculty of Arts of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin (she also completed supplementary studies in the field of artistic education there). She holds a Master’s degree in Pre-School and Early Childhood Education (University of Silesia in Katowice, Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology, 2012) and a doctoral degree in social sciences (University of Silesia in Katowice, Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology, 2019).

Currently, she works at the University of Silesia in Katowice and in a primary school as an art teacher. She conducts classes in various places, on artistic activity, contemporary art, activating art techniques, and iconography. She is also the coordinator / vice-chancellor of the <Pantokrator> Department of the Silesian Iconographic School in Zabrze.

She actively participates in the organisation of such events as the Days of Katowice Art Therapy and the Festival of Children’s Expression. In connection with the work performed, she undertakes exhibition activities (participating in the Festivals of High Art in Bytom), research (carrying out research projects), and teaching (conducting classes, participating in various courses and trainings).

She is an author of scientific publications in the field of art education, contemporary art, as well as visual culture of educational institutions.

Anna Watoła Anna Watoła

Anna Watoła, PhD


Institute of Pedagogy

Expert in the Ministry of National Education in the scope of schoolbooks. For many years pre-school teacher, special education teacher, and kindergarten headmaster. Member of the Founding Chapter of the Children’s University of Silesia. Head of Postgraduate Qualification Studies in Pre-School Education at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Member of Pre-school Teachers’ Association and Foster Family’s Association. Author of many publications related to children’s education and using information technology in the process of teaching and learning, managing, and running an educational institution. The scope of her scientific interests includes pre-school education and information technology in education of young children. At present, she is interested in cooperation with practicing teachers and academics from Slovakia, Czech Republic, USA, India, Venezuela, China, and Norway. The most recent areas of her scientific interests relate to children’s education in African countries, especially concerning using ICT in the educational system and outside the school.


Participated in the following projects:

  • The international research project “ICT in Educational Design. Processes, Materials, Resources”. Leading organisation: University of Zielona Góra.
  • Podróż tysiąca mil zaczyna się od pierwszego kroku! (The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step!). Children’s University of Silesia.
  • “School under the Baobab” – Photo exhibition. University of Silesia in Katowice.
  • Technologies of Imaging in Communication, Art, and Social Sciences. Academy of Art in Szczecin. Horizon 2020.
  • Operational Program: Knowledge Education Development. Integrated Development Program of the University of Silesia in Katowice. National Centre for Research and Development. Cooperation and exchange of academic staff with the university: The Polish University Abroad in London, United Kingdom.
  • “Empowering children and youth for a safe use of ICT as an essential element of conscious culture of trust”. Horizon 2020.
  • “Empowering children and youth for the safe use of ICT as a fundamental stymulator of conscious culture of trust”. Horizon 2020.
  • Digital Childhoods – opportunities and risks in context of children’s rights and subjective well-being. Horizon 2020


Other scientific activities:

1.      Implementation of educational computer software sets.

2.      Usage of ICT in teaching in African primary schools:

·         Bridge Primary School, Moshi, Tanzania

·         Little Acorns Day Care and Pre-School, Moshi, Tanzania

·         Mwalimu MK UU, Shuleya Msingi Mnin, Moshi, Tanzania

3.      Organisation of „mini computer lab” in the school in the Amboseli village in Kenya.

4.      Development of the project for the school, its launch and operation, taking into account teaching and research activities, with participation of students from Europe, especially from Polish universities, to support the educational process.

5.      Establishing cooperation under bilateral agreements with universities from Kenya and the United Kingdom:

1.    The Polish University Abroad in London, United Kingdom

2.    Technical University of Mombasa

3.    Kenyatta University – Nairobi

4.    Pwani University – Kilifi, Mombasa


Edyta Widawska Edyta Widawska

Edyta Widawska, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor


Institute of Pedagogy

Professor at the University of Silesia, holder of a postdoctoral degree in Sociology, social pedagogue, member of Research Team of Educational Transactional Analysis, graduate of the Human Rights School of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, specialist in inclusion policies, monitoring, and human rights, long-term trainer and educator of equality and watch activities in Poland and abroad, cooperating with many non-governmental organisations. Soft skills trainer in the field of methods and techniques in education; Educational Transactional Analysis; alternative forms of conflict resolution (mediation, facilitation, negotiation); non-violent communication and assertiveness. Author and co-author of numerous scientific, educational, and popular science publications. Successfully combines scientific research with practice, implements projects in cooperation with institutions involved in the implementation of equality policies and inclusion at national and international level (including Commissioner for Human Rights, OSCE, UN, RE, EU, UNHCR). ORCID: 0000-0002-0964-0341.

Teresa Wilk Teresa Wilk

Teresa Wilk, PhD, Associate Professor


Institute of Pedagogy

– possibilities of application/use of theatrical art for activities to activate and improve the social space/social revitalisation

– culture and art in the educational-upbringing process of children, and youth

– culture and art in the organisation of free time for children, youth, and adults

– culture and art in the educational-upbringing process

Karolina Wojtasik Karolina Wojtasik

Karolina Wojtasik, PhD


Institute of Sociology

As a researcher, she deals with issues related to the activities of Salafi terrorist organisations (analysis of modus operandi and tactics used in terrorist attacks in the EU and the USA), which she combines with her interests in the field of anti-terrorist security and physical protection systems for industrial facilities. Her publications focus on jihadist terrorism and the security of facilities subject to mandatory protection and CI (critical infrastructure). She has experience in preparing, coordinating, and implementing the so-called AT attachment in industrial facilities and conducting training in broadly understood safety. President of the Polish Society of National Security, a national security think tank.

Ewa Wysocka Ewa Wysocka

Professor Ewa Wysocka


Institute of Pedagogy

A graduate of two degree programmes at the University of Silesia -Rehabilitation Pedagogy and Psychology, which she consistently combines as part of her scientific and research
work. Employee of the Institute of Pedagogy, head, coordinator, expert, and participant of numerous scientific and research grants in the field of psycho-pedagogical
diagnostics (including NCBiR, EFS), the result of which are professional diagnostic tools used in psycho-pedagogical practice.

Lucie Zormanova Lucie Zormanova

Lucie Zormanova, PhD


Institute of Pedagogy

PaedDr. Lucie Zormanova, PhD is a lecturer at the University of Silesia. Her research includes distance education, comparative pedagogy, and pedeutology.

Agata Zygmunt Agata Zygmunt

Agata Zygmunt, PhD


Institute of Sociology

She is a sociologist, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Silesia in Katowice, and a graduate of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities at the University of Silesia. Her research interests focus on the issues of social demography, social policy, sociology of social problems, gender, and Internet sociology. She is the author of many scientific articles, published in collective works and scientific periodicals, and a participant and speaker at national and international conferences and symposia. Her professional experience also includes research activities related to the design and implementation of empirical research (quantitative and qualitative). She is the author and co-author of methodological concepts of nearly 30 research projects and numerous research reports. She cooperates with local government units to prepare strategic documents (e.g., strategies for solving social problems) and programs implemented by aid institutions (authorship of foster care development programs).

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