The Center for Research on Social Change and Mobility

The Center for Research on Social Change and Mobility (CRASH) takes a closer look at the concept of social change and the mobility, and looks at it in an interdisciplinary way, inviting researchers from various disciplines around the world to participate in this process.

By combining qualitative and quantitative research methods in social sciences, we undertake empirical research on critical social problems in Poland, Central and Eastern Europe in relation to a wider social context. We take into account such phenomena as globalization, migration, pandemics, economic changes and new technologies that directly shape and change various areas of human life and entire societies.

In the coming years, the Centre for Research on Social Change and Human Mobility will investigate into social, behavioural and economic issues concerning human mobility, the quality and character of work, the structure and flow of organization and community life in response to national and global processes of social and economic transformations.

See more: https://www.kozminski.edu.pl/en/department/centre-research-social-change-and-human-mobility-crash

About project

BigMig: Digital and non-digital traces of migrants in Big and Small Data approaches to human capacities
  • Project leader
    prof. dr hab. Izabela Grabowska
  • Amount of funding
    1 670 760 PLN
  • Duration
    15.07.2021 — 14.01.2026
  • Source of funding
    Source Project financed by the National Science Center under the program 2020/37 / B / HS6 / 02342 OPUS

The BigMig research project develops an interdisciplinary approach, combining migration studies, sociology, psychology and social informatics.

The BigMig research project, which is carried out at the Kozminski University, the Center for Research on Social Change and Human Mobility (CRASH), develops an interdisciplinary approach, combining migration studies, sociology, psychology and social informatics. It uses the analysis of big, medium and small data sets (Big Data, Medium Data and Small Data). BigMig integrates disciplines and methodologies to explain: migrants’ communication attitudes (Big Data – Migrant Tweet Tracker), selectivity of migrants due to new features that have not been studied so far, e.g. personality traits in relation to known socio-demographic characteristics, the impact of migration on human capital, psychological capital, social capital and economic capital (Middle Data – survey, questionnaire interview) and socio-cultural transfers of migrants (Small Data – case studies).

The main goal of the BigMig project is to understand:

  1. the selectivity of international migrants by comparing the personality traits as well as the human, psychological, social and economic capitals of people who move spatially in relation to immobile people;
  2. the impact of the migration experience on building intangible capitals of humans in relation to material resources; and
  3. socio-cultural transfers as individual and collective accumulation of human resources affected by international migration.

The research portal with feedback mojamigracja.org was created as part of the BigMig project. The BigMig project is financed by the National Science Center in the OPUS research program (Grant no. 2020/37 / B / HS6 / 02342).

About us

Our team

Izabela Grabowska

Full Professor of Social Sciences; sociologist and economist

Graduated from: University of Warsaw (PhD in Economics), University College Dublin (MA in Economics), University of Wroclaw (MA in Sociology); the procedure of the professor of social sciences was conducted by Polish Academy of Sciences; she was awarded a scholarship of the Foundation for Polish Science; she visited: Humboldt Universiät in Berlin (ERC grant), Utrecht University in the Netherlands (visiting professor), University College London (visiting scholar); she is a member of the Scientific Council of the Center for Migration Research at the University of Warsaw; she supervised 4 doctorates (another 3 are being completed) and over 70 MA theses; she published more than 50 publications in prestigious international and publishing houses; she obtained many prestigious research grants, including H2020 and the National Science Center: OPUS, Sonata Bis, Harmonia and KBM. Member of the international migration Research Network IMISCOE, Polish Sociological Society, British Sociological Association, European Sociological Association.
In 2005-2021 – assistant professor and university professor at the SWPS University of Social Science and Humanities; 2016-2021 director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School of the SWPS University. In 2015-2019, she founded and managed the Młodzi research center in Centrum Lab / Youth Research Center and Mobility Research Group (2020-2021).

At Kozminski University, she is at the Department of Economics and she is the Director of Center for Research on Social Change and Human Mobility (CRASH).

Her research agenda covers: human capital, international labor migrations, the labor market, and professional careers; her research shows the significance and impact of the experience of working abroad on human capital, with particular emphasis on social competences and the course of the process of non-material migration remittances; her works have been published in renowned scientific journals (including Work, Employment and Society, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, International Migration, Social Policy and Society); her monographs have been published in key publishing houses: Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, UCL Press, Amsterdam University Press, Scholar.

Details of the research agenda and achievements can be found at: www.izabelagrabowska.com.


Dominika Winogrodzka

Sociologist, social researcher

She holds a Master’s degree in Sociology (Market Research and Public Policy Analysis specialization) from the Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University. She is currently a PhD Student of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. She is preparing a PhD dissertation on the impact of mobility trajectories on the socio-occupational sequences of young people. Her research interests concentrate on youth studies, career studies and mobility studies. She specializes in and conducts courses in the methodology of qualitative social research. She has published in renowned journals and publishing both international (Journal of Youth Studies, International Migration), and national (Studia Socjologiczne, Przegląd Socjologii Jakościowej, Studia Migracyjne-Przegląd Polonijny). She is a laureate of numerous scholarships from the National Science Centre (SONATA BIS, OPUS) and Rector’s SWPS University scholarship.

She collaborates with the Center for Research on Social Change and Human Mobility​ (CRASH) at Kozminski University, where she is a researcher in “BigMig: Digital and non-digital traces of migrants in Big and Small Data approaches to human capacities” project (OPUS-19, National Science Center scholarship). She also works at the Institute of Social Sciences of the SWPS University, where she is involved in the Horizon 2020 research project “MIMY: Empowerment through liquid integration of migrant youth in vulnerable condition”. She is also coordinator of the “INSIMO: Work (in)stability and spatial (im)mobility from the perspective of young people on the move. Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic” project funded by the PRELUDIUM-20 program of the National Science Centre.

Ivanna Kyliushyk

Political scientist, social researcher

Conducts research on contemporary migration processes. Her research interests concern Ukrainian migration, political inclusion and participation of foreigners, migration and integration policies. She graduated MA studies at the Lesya Ukrainka East European National University (Faculty of History) and at the University of Warsaw (Centre for East European Studies). Currently, she is a PhD student at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Warsaw. She is preparing a doctoral dissertation on the political rights of foreigners at the local government level. She is a social activist, since 2015 she has been collabrating with the “Our Choice” Foundation, where she coordinates the activities of Ukrainian House in Warsaw and conducts various research projects. At the Kozminski University she is a researcher in project “BigMig: Digital and non-digital traces of migrants in Big and Small Data approaches to human capacities” (2020/37/B/HS6/02342 OPUS), which is financed by Poland’s National Science Centre. She is also a researcher in project: “MIMY – Empowerment through liquid integration of migrant youth in vulnerable conditions” (funded by the European Commission; Call: H2020-SC6-MIGRATION-2019) and prior to that she was a researcher in project: “The Impact of COVID 19 on Ukrainian Women Migrants in Poland” (financed by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Warsaw office – Poland).

About us

Our publications


  • Grabowska, I. (2023). Societal dangers of migrant crisis narratives with a special focus on Belarussian and Ukrainian borders with Poland. Frontiers in Sociology, vol.7, https://doi.org/10.3389/fsoc.2022.1084732  
  • Kyliushyk, I. & Jastrzębowska, A. (2023). Aid attitudes in short- and long-term perspectives among Ukrainian migrants and Poles during the Russian war in 2022. Frontiers in Sociology, vol.7. 
  • Grabowska, I., Jastrzebowska, A. (in press). Migratory Informal Human Capital of Returnees to Central Europe: A New Resource for Organisations. Central European Management Journal. 
  • Grabowska, I., Jastrzębowska, A. (2022). Mobile transitions to adulthood and soft skills of Polish and Lithuanian return migrants. Rocznik Lubuski 48(1) (Anniversary Volume for Prof. Maria Zielinska), 159-174.  
  • Grabowska, I., & Jastrzebowska, A. (2022). Migration and the Transfer of Informal Human Capital: Insights from Central Europe and Mexico. Routledge. ISBN: 9781003011545. DOI: 10.4324/9781003011545 
  • Chlasta, K., Sochaczewski, P., Grabowska, I., Jastrzębowska, A. (2022). MyMigrationBot: A Cloud-based Facebook Social Chatbot for Migrant Populations. Federated Conference on Computer Science and Intelligence Systems 2022, Volume: 31, pp. 51–59. DOI: 10.15439/2022F187 
  • Winogrodzka, D., Grabowska, I. (2021). (Dis)ordered Social Sequences of Mobile Young Adults: Spatial, Social and Return Mobilities. Journal of Youth Studieshttps://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2020.1865526 (open access). 


  • Grabowska I., Kyliushyk I., Jastrzebowska A., Winogrodzka D., Chlasta K. (submitted). War Fatigue and Psychological Capital of Ukrainian Refugees.
  • Grabowska I., Kyliushyk I., Jastrzebowska A., Winogrodzka D. (submitted). Resilience Embedded in Psychological Capital of Ukrainian Refugees in Poland.
  • Jastrzebowska A., Kyliushyk I. Grabowska I. (in preparation). Aid attitudes, psychological capital and war fatigue among Ukrainian migrants and Poles during the Russian war in 2022. Frontiers in Sociology.
  • Grabowska I. (in preparation). Seven dangers of migrant crisis narrative. Implications for social theory and policy. Frontiers in Sociology.
  • Jastrzebowska A., Grabowska I. (in preparation). Scale for Informal Human Capital measurement.
  • Grabowska I., Kyliushyk I., Jastrzebowska A., Winogrodzka D. (in preparation). Intangible Migrant Capital Unbound: Ukrainian Migrants and Polish Return Migrant.
  • Grabowska I. (in preparation). Societal dangers of migrant crisis narrative and its factors.

This research project has been created by scientists from Kozminski University. The research project is funded by the National Science Centre Poland, Grant No. 2020/37/B / HS6 / 02342 OPUS.

The portal was inspired by the project My Morality led by
Dr. Mariola Paruzel-Czachura.

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