Department of Social Policy

The Department of Social Policy is the main scientific unit of the Institute of Social Economy, and the area of ​​interest of its employees coincides with the scientific activity of the entire Institute. In particular, the employees of the Department are interested in issues related to local social policy and social integration, and among the specific policies one should mention, among others, senior policy, labor market, health and housing policy.

 Dr hab. Paweł Kubicki, prof. SGH is the Head of the Department




prof. dr hab. Piotr Błędowski 

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Wizerunek prof. dr hab. Piotra Błędowskiego, Dziekana Kolegium Ekonomiczno-Społecznego


Research interests:
social security, gerontology, local social policy, social policy in the EU

Chairman of the Main Board of the Polish Gerontology Society (PTG) ( for two terms (2005-2013), then vice-chairman of the PTG Board (2013-2017), and currently (since 2017) chairman of the PTG Audit Committee; member of the expert team of the Ombudsman for the Elderly; member of the Senior Policy Council at the Minister of Family, Labor and Social Policy since 2012; member of the Committee on Labor and Social Policy of the Polish Academy of Sciences continuously since 2008.


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Non-professional interests:

The history of Polish cabaret (understood literally…) from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1970s, with particular emphasis on everything that directly or indirectly concerns the Cabaret of Old Men and Dudek; postage stamps (really!!!), especially from the General Government area; detective stories and thriller books; early 1950s pop music, especially The Rat Pack, Dean Martin, Connie Francis, Nat King Cole, Brenda Lee and Bing Crosby).



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prof. dr hab. Maciej Cesarski
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Professor, Doctor of Economics (SGH - Warsaw School of Economics) and Master of Economics (Warsaw School of Planning and Statistics - former and current Warsaw School of Economics) with scientific interests regarding the role and place of housing and settlement in the sustainable development of living space.

He participated in several dozen Polish and international research projects. Member and collaborator of many societies and scientific journals.

Research interests:

  • housing, urban planning;
  • housing, urbanization, settlement and social policies and processes;
  • investments, real estate, fixed assets and infrastructure in sustainable development of living space.

Membership in scientific organizations and committees:

  • Polish Society for Social Policy - member since 2004
  • Network of Philosophy of Economics - member since 2016

Non-professional interests: mountaineering, cycling, water and hiking, theatre, poetry.



prof. dr hab. Irena E. Kotowska​
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Full professor at the Institute of Social Economy, former director of the Institute of Statistics and Demography at the Warsaw School of Economics.
Author of numerous works published in Poland and abroad, which concern the interdependence of demographic and economic processes, in particular transformations of the family and population structures in connection with changes in the labor market and issues of population and social policy.

Chairwoman of the Demographic Sciences Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Scientific Statistical Council, the Government Population Council and the Committee on Labor and Social Policy Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She is a member of the Interdisciplinary Team for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. She is a representative of Poland in the European Statistical Advisory Committee, which is an advisory body for Eurostat. He is a member of the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for European Research Infrastructures at the European Commission.

She is a national expert in the field of population processes, the labor market and social statistics, as well as research in the field of social sciences and humanities. She cooperates with the Central Statistical Office in the field of demographic research, the labor market and living conditions of households. She was one of the key experts of the team at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski, who developed a program of family policy supporting parenthood.

She is also the national coordinator of research carried out in Poland as part of the international research program Generations and Gender Program (GGP), is a member of the GGP Consortium Board and was elected chairwoman of the GGP Council of Partners


dr hab. Paweł Kubicki, prof. SGH
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Associate Professor (dr hab.), Doctor of Economics (Warsaw School of Economics) and Master of Sociology (University of Warsaw). He specializes in the design and implementation of social research, both qualitative and quantitative.

He has implemented several dozen research projects. Collaborator of many non-governmental organizations working for the elderly and people with disabilities. For several years, he has been monitoring the implementation of the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Main areas of interest:

  • public policy towards disability;
  • gerontology;
  • social research methodology;
  • local social policy;
  • social exclusion;
  • human rights.


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dr Joanna Felczak​
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Her scientific interests focus on social policy and social exclusion manifested in various areas of functioning as well as on issues related to crime and the economy of punishment. These issues are addressed in an interdisciplinary way, using the methodology of social sciences, including psychology, and the perspective of public policy.

In her research, she dealt with:

  • the effectiveness of support for people leaving prison;
  • conditions for social readaptation of excluded people;
  • educational and professional opportunities for young people and adults from excluded groups;
  • a phenomenon of social pathology changing locally along with globalization processes and states of crisis.

Member of the Polish Sociological Society and the Polish Psychological Society. academic lecturer with many years of experience in the fields of pedagogy, social rehabilitation, psychology, economics, sociology, administration.

She also has many years of management experience in the field of higher education.


dr Zofia Szweda-Lewandowska
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PhD in economics, graduate of Computer Science and Econometrics and Sociology at the University of Lodz. She also studied at the Universities of Potsdam and Magdeburg. She completed an internship at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Rostock). She defended her master’s thesis in 2005. Participant of the Oxford Aging Spring School (workshops on the aging process) organized by the University of Oxford.

She completed doctoral studies at the School of Social Sciences, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

She defended her doctoral thesis in the field of gerontology in 2010 at the Warsaw School of Economics. She completed an internship at the United Nations in New York and at the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion). Participant of the 1st edition of the Presidential Expert Program “Laboratorium of Ideas”.

Main areas of interest:

  • population aging process;
  • institutional forms of assistance to the elderly;
  • social welfare homes;
  • discrimination against the elderly;
  • professional activity of people on the verge of old age;
  • population policy;
  • family policy



mgr Justyna Gać

Master of Sociology, graduate of the Institute of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw. During several years of work, at CASE-Doradcy Sp. z o.o., conducted research and evaluation projects. Currently, she works at the Warsaw School of Economics, combining the duties of a researcher with work in the Project Management Department.

She collaborates in the project Welcoming Spaces.


PhD students:

  • mgr Agata Kozłowska
  • mgr Joanna Kuchta
  • mgr Justyna Kapturkiewicz
  • mgr Piotr Parjaszewski

Retired employee:

prof. dr hab. Adam Kurzynowski 
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The former director and long-time employee of the Institute, prof. zv. dr hab. Adam Kurzynowski. Currently, he conducts a doctoral seminar and postgraduate classes at the Warsaw School of Economics.

Main areas of interest:

  • theory and practice of social policy,
  • living conditions of the population,
  • economic activity of individual population groups, including people with disabilities,
  • unemployment,
  • social needs,
  • local and global sustainable development,
  • social policy in the EU.
  • In this field, he conducted several research programs funded by PHARE, ESF and KBN.

Functions performed:

  • A graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics (SGPiS). He participated in several foreign internships, including the Fulbright Foundation at the University of Wisconsin in the USA and a lecturer in sociology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
  • In the years 1975–2004, he held the following positions at the SGPiS/SGH: vice-dean, dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, vice-rector for research, head of the Department of Sociology of Work, Social Policy and Employment and director of the Institute of Social Economy.
  • In 1993–1995 he was a member of the Social Policy Council of the President of the Republic of Poland.
  • He is a member of: the Committee on Labor and Social Policy of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Scientific Council of the Central Statistical Office, the Government Population Council, the Scientific Council of the Institute of Labor and Social Affairs, and the Polish Society for Social Policy.


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