Jagiellonian University, Poland

The Jagiellonian University in Kraków is a public higher education institution in Poland. Established in 1364, the university is the oldest higher education institution in Poland and the second oldest in Europe.

Currently, the Jagiellonian University comprises 16 Faculties including a Medical College, where 8,000 people are hired, with nearly 4,000 academic staff conduct research and provide education to over 40,000 students, PhD students, and postgraduate students, within the framework of more 20 than 90 different fields of study.

The Institute of Sociology is one of the most important centres of its kind in Poland, with extensive research experience in the fields of gender and inequality studies, rural sociology, economic sociology, intercultural communication, religious and ethnic studies, civil society, the public sphere, media, and urban studies.

The Department of Security, Safety and Equal Treatment’s mission is to monitor the safety and equal treatment at the Jagiellonian University, take preventive steps, coordinate national and international cooperation in the scope of safety and equal treatment, and cooperate with the organisational units of the Jagiellonian University to develop procedures and guidelines on how to prevent community violations of personal safety and principles of equal treatment as well as investigate them.

The Jagiellonian University's role in MINDtheGEPs

In MINDtheGEPs, the Jagiellonian University's Institute of Sociology and Department of Security, Safety and Equal Treatment collaborate to close the gender gap in research.

The Jagiellonian University team will contribute to MINDtheGEPs work to balance recruitment, retention and career progression, as well as establish their own gender equality plan within the framework of the project.

Want to know more about how the Jagiellonian University is working with gender equality? The the Jagiellonian University Gender Equality Plan is available to read on their website.

People at Jagiellonian University

Paulina Sekuła

Paulina Sekuła, PhD, is assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Her research interests cover gender equality, particularly in the realm of gender and research and academia, political culture and theories of democracy. For a few years she has been involved as a researcher in projects focusing on structural change in higher education institutions, including H2020 projects GENERA (Gender Equality in European Research Area, 2015-2018), ACT (Communities of Practice for Accelerating Gender Equality and Institutional Change in Research and Innovation across Europe, 2018-2021) and MINDtheGEPs (Modifying Institution by Developing Gender Equality Plans, 2021-2025) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation project Study of the potential of international mobile women scientists (2020-2021). Currently she is also a co-facilitator of the ACT Community of Practice for Gender Equality in Central and Eastern Europe.

Contact: paulina.sekula[at]uj.edu.pl

Stanislaw Kistryn

Stanislaw Kistryn is Professor in nuclear physics and the former vice-rector for reserach and structural funds at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. At present, the is the Rector's Proxy for Cooperation within Una Europa, member of the Board of Directors and treaseurer of this alliance. In his capacity as Coordinator of the excellence initiative program at Jagiellonian University, he provides support for the MINDtheGEPs actions and provides links to the univeristy authorities on the strategic subjects, especially on diversity, inclusivness and equality issues.

Contact: stanislaw.kistryn[at]uj.edu.pl

Ewa Stoecker

Ewa Stoecker is a psychologist, researcher, certified anti-discrimination trainer, and an expert in education for anti-discrimination. She is also a founding member of the Anti-Discrimination Education Association (TEA) and Expedition Inside Culture Association (EIC). She has implemented educational activities and social and evaluation research, and authored educational materials related to equal treatment, anti-discrimination, learning and development processes for public entities and NGOs. She is experienced in designing and implementing tools for development (mainly in the filed of education and research), workshops and trainings. She is currently a PhD student at Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, preparing a thesis on equality policies at universities in Poland.

Contact: ewa.stoecker[at]uj.edu.pl

Anna Zachorowska-Mazurkiewicz

Anna Zachorowska-Mazurkiewicz is Associate Professor in the Institute of Economics, Finance and Management, and Director of the Doctoral School of Social Sciences at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She holds a PhD in economics. Her research interests focus on institutional and feminist economics. She has written about economic situation of women in the US, EU and transition economies, especially Poland, social and economic inequalities, as well as gender in economic thought. She is a founding member of GEM-Europe, and a member of Feminist Think Tank. In years 2013-2016 she was a leading researcher in the project InnoGend – Innovative Gender as a New Source of Progress.

Contact: anna.zachorowska[at]uj.edu.pl

Małgorzata Grodzińska-Jurczak

Małgorzata Grodzińska-Jurczak is professor, researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Environmental Sciences at the Jagiellonian University. She specialises in the social aspects of nature conservation, human-nature conflicts and scientific communication. She finalised her PhD in 1995 and following a post-doctoral project in natural science and biology, specifically nature conservation, her interdisciplinary research began. In 2014, Małgorzata Grodzińska-Jurczak was nominated to professor and she is currently the Head of the Nature Protection, Wildlife Management and Environmental Education research team at the Institute of Environmental Sciences at the Jagiellonian University, where she coordinates research and educational projects, and widely publishes and popularizes her work.

Contact: m.grodzinska-jurczak[at]uj.edu.pl

Katarzyna Jurzak

Katarzyna Jurzak is a Lawyer and the Director of the Department of Security, Safety and Equal Treatment at Jagiellonian University in Kraków where she provides help to students and staff in matters related to safety, security and discrimination. She coordinates the agreement between the university and the City of Kraków Police Department to ensure safety and security at university premises. She coordinates the Association of University Chief Security Officers and was Rector's Proxy for Student Safety and Security at from 2011 until 2020. She was a member of the university-city team for safety and security in Kraków and an expert on the team responsible for implementation of Safe Kraków, a crime prevention and public order and safety protection programme (2017-2020). She has been part of several research and educational projects combating violence and discrimination. Her research interests are safety and security in higher education institutions, crime prevention, police science, and equal treatment. In 2021, she became a member of the Kraków Council for Equal Treatment.

Contact: katarzyna.jurzak[at]uj.edu.pl

Aleksandra Migalska

Aleksandra Migalska is a sociologist interested in qualitative research of social ​​inequalities and the situation of minority groups, experienced especially in the field of intersectional research on gender, disabilities and economic exclusion. She also participated in projects aimed at developing recommendations for public policies in terms of taking into account the needs of groups at risk of exclusion. She is an anti-discrimination trainer and equality educator, working with WenDo method (self-defense and assertiveness for women and girls) and a member of the Anti-Discrimination Education Association. Currently, she works in the JU Department of Security, Safety and Equal Treatment, and also coordinates a project on the accessibility of coastal areas for people with disabilities.

Contact: aleksandra.migalska[at]uj.edu.pl


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