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About the speaker

Mikołaj Pawlak is assistant professor of sociology at the Institute of Social Prevention and Resocialisation, University of Warsaw, where he serves as the Director Plenipotentiary for Research. He is editor in chief of the quarterly Profilaktyka Społeczna i Resocjalizacja [Social Prevention and Resocialisation] and a co-organizer of the seminar Nowy instytucjonalizm – teorie i badania [New institutionalism – theories and research].

Mikołaj Pawlak’s research interests cover new institutional theory, migration studies, and sociology of knowledge. His recent book Organizacyjna reakcja na nowe zjawisko [Organizational Response to a New Problem] applies the new institutional perspective in organization studies to the problem of emerging policies of refugees integration in Poland. Furthermore, he is coordinator of What Fills up the Sociological Vacuum? – a research project attempting to solve the micro-macro level question in sociology by applying social networks and new institutional approaches.

Mikołaj Pawlak graduated from sociology at the University of Warsaw in 2004 (the MA thesis was supervised by dr hab. Jarosław Kilias) and completed his PhD thesis under the supervision of prof. Joanna Kurczewska at the Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, in 2011. As PhD candidate, he was awarded the stipend of the President of Polish Academy of Sciences.

He gained research experience by engaging in the studies of the Research Group of Sociology and Anthropology of Culture at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2004-2011), by working as a researcher and analyst at various studies focusing on migration conducted by the Institute of Public Affairs (2004-2010), and as a Head of Research Group at Caritas Polska (2009-2012).


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