Prof. Maciej Henryk Jędrusik, PhD

Professor of Earth Sciences
Dean of the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies University of Warsaw

Office address:
Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 30, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland
Tel.: (+48) 22 5520631; (+48) 22 5523242

Academic studies and obtained academic degrees

1980 – Master of Science in economic geography, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw (Poland)

1981 – graduated at the Polish Airforce Academy

1986 – graduated from Postgraduate Studies for Experts in Developing Countries

1986 – graduated from Vocational Training Studies for academic teachers

1989 – PhD in Natural Sciences within Geography (University of Warsaw)

2001 – Habilitation in Earth Sciences within Geography (University of Warsaw)

2010 – Titular professor in Earth Sciences

Professional career

2016 – date Head of the Polish Conference of the Directors of Geographical Units

2016 – date Dean of the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw

2012 – date Editor-in-chief, Miscellanea Geographica – Regional Studies on Development

2010 – date Full professor, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw

2008 – 2016 Head of Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw (Poland)

2008 – 2016 Full professor, Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Education in Biala Podlaska (Poland)

2012 – date Head of the Department of World Regional Geography, Chair of Regional and Political Geography, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw (Poland)

2008 – 2012 Head of the Department of Geography of Africa, Asia and Oceania, Institute of Regional and Global Studies, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw (Poland)

2006 – 2008 Head of the Department of Regional Research of Africa, Asia and Oceania, Institute of Developing Countries, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw (Poland)

2004 – 2012 Editor-in-chief, Asia&Pacific Studies

2004 – 2010 Associate professor, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw

2003 – 2008 Associate professor, State School of Higher Education in Biala Podlaska

2002 – 2008 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw

2000 – 2012 Member of the Scientific Board of the Institute of Developing Countries, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw

1990 – 2004 Assistant professor, Department of Geography of Africa, Asia and Oceania, Institute of Developing Countries, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw

1990 – 2006 Head of specialisation “Geography of Developing Countries”

1983 – 1990 Senior assistant, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw

1981 – 1990 Assistant, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw

1980 – 1981 Assistant trainee, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw

Trainings and scientific research

  • France: Université de Montpellier III 1983
  • Cuba: Universidad de la Habana, 1987-88
  • Mexico: Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico 1988
  • France: Université Montpellier III and Maison de la Géographie in Montpellier 1990
  • France: Centre d’Etudes de Géographie Tropicale in Bordeaux 1990
  • Lectures at the University of Havana 1988-1989
  • Cuba: Participation in research in agricultural production cooperatives on Cuba, in cooperation with Faculty of Geography at University of Havana (provinces: Yaguajay, Pinar del Rio, Matanzas, Baracoa) (1987 and 1988)
  • France/Poland: Cooperation, participation and co-organisation of field studies within the “Languedoc- Mazowsze” group (along with Université Montpellier III and Institute of Geography and Spatial Organisation of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) in 1982-1997 (France: 1984 Herault departament, 1986 Causse Noir, 1988 Sommieres commune, 1990 Herault, 1992 Perigord region – Fumel commune, 1994 Serdania – the boarder of France, Spain and Andora; Poland: 1987 Szymbark commune, 1989 Sulejow commune, 1991 Mikołajki commune, 1993 Krasiczyn commune, 1995 Kotlina Kłodzka)
  • France: Coopération with Géographie des Espaces Tropicaux et de leur Developpement council within Comité National Français de Géographie (since 1999, as a part of Journées de Géographie Tropicale which take place every 2 years)
  • France: Membership in editorial board of publications for Espaces Tropicaux series DYMSET, University of Bordeaux 3 (2005)
  • Madagascar: Participation in field studies organised by two councils of Comité National Français de Géographie (2007)
  • Ethiopia: Participation in field studies organised by Comité National Français de Géographie 2010
  • Visiting professor at Université Montpellier III (France) 2014
  • Lectures at Université de la Reunion 2014
  • Lectures at Universitat de les Illes Balears (Spain) 2017
  • Scientific research and observations on the islands of the Indian Ocean (e.g. Madagascar, Reunion, Maldives, Seychelles), Caribbean Islands (Cuba, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia), Pacific Ocean (French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Fiji) and in Africa (Ethiopia, South Africa, Gabon), South-East Asia (Thailand) and South America (Chile)

Membership in organisation, scientific associations, councils (selected positions)

  • member of Association de Géographes Français from 2010
  • member of Polish Geographical Society from 1986
  • member of Polish Society for Latin American Studies (1988-1993) – Chairman of the Caribbean Council
  • Member of the Steering Committee organising the Regional Conference of the International Geographical Union, Cracow, 2014
  • Member of National and Foreign Cooperation Team of the Council for Geographical Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Member of the Steering Committee IGU Commission on Islands (2012-2016)

Main scientific interest

In the 1980s and early 1990s, he specialized in geography of tropical agriculture. Since 1995, his most significant field of study has been the question of spatial isolation and its impact on behavior of communities inhabiting isolated areas on islands and continents (e.g. oases, plateaus, and intermountain basins). Currently, his interests revolve around the influence of tourism on functioning of small tropical islands and their sustainability and social and economic changes in Central and Eastern Europe. The second field of interests is geographical education.

Achievements and publications

Promotion of seven doctors (Ph.D. thesis) – one in a cotutelle program with Prof. J.-Ch. Gay Université de Nice (France), thesis supervision over another four doctoral students.

Approximately 150 publications, including 90 scientific papers. Authorship of two scientific monographs, authorship and co-authorship of 9 academic and student textbooks, editor and co-editor od two scientific monographs

Key publications (choice)


  • Jędrusik M. (ed.), Wyspy ciepłych morz. Jana Stanisława Kubarego notaty z podroży po Mikronezji (English: The Islands of Warm Seas. Stanisław Kubarys notes on Travel through Micronesia), WUW, Warsaw, 1997
  • Jędrusik M., Izolacja jako zjawisko geograficzne (English: Isolation as a Geographical Phenomenon), University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, Warsaw 2001
  • Jędrusik M., Wyspy tropikalne. W poszukiwaniu dobrobytu (English: Tropical Islands. In Seach for Prosperity), Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, Warsaw 2005
  • Jędrusik M., Makowski J., Plit F., Geografia turystyczna świata. Nowe trendy. Regiony turystyczne (English: Tourist Geography. New Trends. Tourist Regions), WUW, Warsaw 2010
  • Więckowski M., Jędrusik M, Coudroy de Lille L., Le Blanc A. (eds.), Geografia – wspólne wyzwania, wspólne wizje. Sto lat współpracy polsko-francuskiej [Geography – common challenges, shared visions. A hundred years of Polish-French cooperation] , WGSR UW, Warszawa 2018.


  • Jędrusik M., Historyczne uwarunkowania obecnego rozmieszczenia i struktury upraw na Maskarenach, Seszelach i Komorach (English: Historical Determinants of the Contemporary Location and Structure of Crop on Mascarene Islands, Seychelles and Comoros) “Afryka, Azja, Ameryka Łacińskavol. 62, Warsaw, 1981, pp. 75-13
  • Jędrusik M., L’agriculture des petites iles de la zone intertropicale [in:] Croissance et developpement regional, Montpellier 1983, pp. 249-259
  • Jędrusik M., Deux siecles de changements dans la nature des cultures dans les Antilles et aux Mascareignes [in:] Modes de production, espace et societes, Montpellier 1984, pp. 434-455
  • Jędrusik M., Les barrieres naturelles du developpement de l’agriculture surles petites iles africaines, “Miscellanea Geographica, Warsaw, 1986, pp. 293-296
  • Jędrusik M., Les enquetes. Peut-on mieux les faire? [in:] Colloque Valeur de l’Espace et developpement local, Montpellier, 1988, pp. 31-38
  • Jędrusik M., L’agriculture dans les petites iles tropicales. Essai de typologie, “Miscellanea Geographica, Warsaw 1988, pp. 355-361
  • Jędrusik M., L’agriculture dans les petites iles tropicales. Pourquoi est-elle diversifiee?, “Miscellanea Geographica, Warsaw, 1990, pp. 225-228
  • Jędrusik M., Zastosowanie metody typologicznej do badań rolnictwa małych wysp tropikalnych (English: Application of Typological Method to Research of Agriculture of Small Tropical Islands), “Przegląd Geograficzny, vol. 63, journal 3-4, Warsaw 1991, pp. 297-306
  • Jędrusik M., Aspectos organizativos y productivos de las Cooperativas de Produccion Agropecuaria en el municipio de Yaguajay, “Actas Latinoamericanas de Varsovia, vol. 9, 1991, pp. 187-202
  • Jędrusik M., Les „cayos”cubains. La route cubaine vers l’an 2000, [in:] Islands 2000. The World of Islands: What development on the eve of the year 2000. Preprints, Taormina, 1992
  • Jędrusik M., Sensitivity and degradation of natural environment of tropical islands [in:] Changing faces of developing countries, Warsaw, 1992, pp. 41-45
  • Jędrusik M., Pour la geographie des iles, “Miscellanea Geographica, Warsaw, 1992, pp. 223-227
  • Jędrusik M., Types of agriculture of small tropical islands [in:] New Dimensions in Agricultural Geography. Historical Dimensions of Agriculture, Delhi, 1992, pp. 251-267
  • Jędrusik M., Zaludnienie, migracje i cechy społeczne rolnictwa Antyli Francuskich (English: Population, migrations and social features of agriculture of French Antilles) [in:] Ameryka Łacińska – przestrzeń i społeczeństwo (English: Latin America – Environment and Society), Warsaw, 1992, pp. 285-299
  • Jędrusik M., Port-au-Prince. Studium dynamiki ludnościowej, przestrzennej i funkcjonalnej (English: Port-au- Prince. Study of Population, Space and Functionality Dynamics), [in:] Ameryka Łacińska – przestrzeń i społeczeństwo (English: Latin America Environment and Society), Warsaw, 1992, pp. 474-485
  • Jędrusik M., Skoczek M., Comportamientos socio-economicos en las cooperativas de produccion agropecuaria cubanas [in:] III Simposio sobre America Latina en la Republica de China, Taipei, 1993, pp. 233-246
  • Jędrusik M., Skoczek M., Oferta de los Viajes Turisticos hacia los Paises en desarrollo en Polonia – Analisis de los Cambios en la Decada de los 90 [in:] Sol e Territorio, Sao Paulo, 1995
  • Jędrusik M., Organizacion del espacio turistico en las islas del Caribe [in:] America Latina: cruce de culturas y sociedades. La dimension historica y la globalizacion futura, Halle, 1999
  • Jędrusik M., Wyspy, oazy, płaskowyże. Życie i gospodarka na obszarach izolowanych (English: Islands, oasis,plateaus. Life and economy in isolated areas), “Prace i Studia Geograficzne, vol. 25, Warsaw, 1999, pp. 73-82
  • Jędrusik M., Przestrzeń turystyczna i jej wykorzystanie na wyspach Morza Andamańskiego i Morza Karaibskiego. Studium porownawcze (English: Tourist space and its usage on the islands of Andaman and Caribbean Sea. A comparative study), “Prace i Studia Geograficzne, vol. 25, Warsaw, 1999, pp. 156-169
  • Jędrusik M., Social Isolation as a Geographical Phenomenon, “Miscellanea Geographica, Warsaw, 2000, pp. 215-229
  • Jędrusik M., Przyrodnicza, społeczna i gospodarcza specyfika środowisk wyspiarskich (English: Natural, social and economic specification of Island environments), “Czasopismo Geograficzne”, Wrocław 2002, 73 (1-2), pp.3-12
  • Jędrusik M., Quelques modeles de colonisation touristique contemporaine, „Miscellanea Geographica” vol. 10, Warsaw 2002, pp. 241-246
  • Jędrusik M., Strategie i bariery rozwoju państw i terytoriow wyspiarskich na Oceanie Indyjskim (English: Development strategies and barriers of island countries and territories on the Indian Ocean), “Afryka, Azja, Ameryka Łacińska”, vol. 79, Warsaw 2002, pp. 99-112
  • Jędrusik M., Wyspy Cooka. Ewolucja przestrzeni geograficznej mikropaństwa w warunkach globalizacji (English: Cook Islands. Evolution of Geographica space of a microstate in the conditions of globalisation) [in:] Geograficzne aspekty globalizacji i integracji europejskiej (English: Geographical aspects of globalisation and European integration), Opole 2003, pp. 593-599
  • Jędrusik M., Przyrodniczy potencjał turystyczny oraz formy jego wykorzystania na wyspach tropikalnych i subtropikalnych (English: Natural tourist potential and forms of using it on tropical and sub-tropical islands) [in:] “Prace i Studia Geograficzne”, vol. 32, Geografia turyzmu, Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, Warsaw 2003, pp. 141-158
  • Jędrusik M., Les iles avec et sans passe. Le cas de South Ari Atoll (Iles Maldives) [in:] Cosaert P., Bart F. (ed.) Patrimoines et developpement dans les pays tropicaux, Pessac 2003, pp. 641- 648
  • Jędrusik M., Zmiany polityczne, ludnościowe i gospodarcze na Wyspach Cooka w XIX i XX w. (English: Political, population and economic changes on Cook Islands in 19th and 20th Century) “Czasopismo Geograficzne”, Wrocław 2003, 74 (3), pp. 213-224
  • Jędrusik M., Mondialisation comme facteur d’evolution socio-economique des iles tropicales. Quelques exemples des iles thailandaises, “Asia&Pacific Studies”, Warsaw, 2004, 1, pp. 69-82
  • Jędrusik M., Nature and tourism on tropical and subtropical islands, “Miscellanea Geographica”, Warszawa 2004, 11, pp. 263-272
  • Jędrusik M., Micro-Etats comme territoires a risques. L’exemple des Iles Cook [in:] Espaces tropicaux et risques du local au global, Orleans, 2004, pp. 261-270
  • Jędrusik M., Zasoby oceanow jako potencjał rozwojowy wysp tropikalnych (English: Ocean resources as a potential for development of tropical islands), “Czasopismo Geograficzne”, Wrocław 2005, 76 (1-2), pp. 3-18
  • Jędrusik M., On the evolution of tropical islands economies in modern times, “Miscellanea Geographica”, Warsaw, 2006, 12, pp. 243-250
  • Jędrusik M., “Emerging Islands” – a new role of tropical islands in the world, “Asia&Pacific Studies”, Warsaw, 2006, 3, pp. 51-74
  • Jędrusik M., Przyczynek o postrzeganiu obiektów geograficznych przez naturalistow (English: A monograph on seeing geographical objects through the eyes of naturalists) [in:] Znaczenie badań krajobrazowych dla zrównoważonego rozwoju (English: Significance of landscape research to sustainable growth), Warsaw 2007, pp. 715-722
  • Jędrusik M., Cities on the tropical Pacific. About difficulties in interpretation of a term “city”, [in:] Kamińska W., Mularczyk M. (eds.), Cities of the World – Selected Issues, Kielce 2007, pp. 23-32
  • Jędrusik M., On Some Aspects of Culinary Tourism in Tropical Oceania, “Asia&Pacific Studies”, Warsaw 2008, 4, pp. 111-132
  • Jędrusik M., Iles tropicales. Vers une rupture des relations homme-nature [in:] Pagney Benito-Espinal F. (ed.), Les interfaces. Ruptures, transitions et mutations, Espaces tropicaux 19, ADES-DyMSET, Universite des Antilles et da la Guyane, Region Martinique, Pessac, 2008, pp. 181-190
  • Jędrusik M., Globalizacja a drogi rozwoju małych terytoriow wyspiarskich (English: Globalisation and paths of development of small island territories) [in:] Bąkiewicz A., Żuławska U.(eds.) Rozwoj w dobie globalizacji (English: Development in the times of globalisation), Warsaw 2010, pp. 343-365
  • Jędrusik M., The role of islands located off the northwest coast of Madagascar in modern tourism development [in:] UGI 2011 Regional Geographic Conference “United and Integrated with the World” Conference Proceedings, Santiago de Chile (CD-disc)
  • Jędrusik M., Island Studies, Island Geography. But what is an Island?, “Miscellanea Geographica”, 15, Warsaw 2011, pp. 201-212
  • Jędrusik M., Usedom/Uznam [in:] Baldacchino G. (ed.), The Political Economy of Divided Islands. United Geographies, Multiple Polities, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire 2013, pp. 137-156
  • Jędrusik M., Je Madagaskar ostrov? Uvahy o pojmu ostrov a ostrovni povaha, „Geograficke Rozhledy, 22, 4, 2012/2013, Praha pp. 2-4
  • Jędrusik M., Sustainable Development of Islands: A Myth or Reality [in:] Local Economy, Culture, Innovation and Sustainability 2013 IGU Commission on Islands, International Conference on Island Development, NPU, Penghu, 2013
  • Jędrusik M., The elusive sustainable development of small tropical islands “Miscellanea Geographica – Regional Studies on Development”, 18, 3, Warszawa 2014, pp. 26–30, ISSN (Online) 2084-6118, DOI: 10.2478/mgrsd-2014-0026
  • Jędrusik M. et al., Touristic development of the La Lopé National Park (Gabon) in light of the SWOT analysis “Miscellanea Geographica – Regional Studies on Development”, 19, 3, Warszawa 2015, pp. 5-13, ISSN (Online) 2084-6118, DOI: 10.1515/mgrsd-2015-0008,
  • Jędrusik M., Kilka słów o wrażliwości społeczności wyspiarskich English: A few words about the sensitivity of island communities), „Prace i Studia Geograficzne”, 2016, t.61, z.1 pp.89-101
  • Jędrusik M. Wyspa, wyspiarskość, wyspowość. Refleksje o niejednoznaczności tych pojęć (English: Island, insularity, insularity. Reflections on the ambiguity of these concepts), „Prace Komisji Krajobrazu Kulturowego”, 2016, 33, pp. 9-20
  • Zbucki Ł., Jędrusik M., Perspectives of geotourism development in the Gorce I quarry, “Economic and Regional Studies”, vol. 10, no 2, 2017, pp. 96-106
  • Jaczewska B., Wites T., Solarz M., Jędrusik M, Wojtaszczyk M., Geographies of world population: demographic trends in the contemporary world in: Solarz M. (ed.) New Geographies of the Globalized World, Routledge, Abington, New York, 2018
  • Jędrusik M., Iles tropicales et tourisme. Destin, opportunité, risque ? [in :] A. Diop, M. Gherardi (eds.) “Rivages et horizons : hommages au géographe Jean-Marie Miossec”, Editions l’Harmattan, Paris 2019
  • Jędrusik M., Nosy Be (Madagascar) and the neighbouring islands versus tourism development, “Miscellanea Geographica – Regional Studies on Development”, 23, 1, Warszawa 2019, pp. 23-32, ISSN (Online) 2084-6118, DOI 10.2478/mgrsd-2019-0001