Chair of Regional and Political Geography

Chair of Regional and Political Geography is divided into three parts: Department of World Regional Geography, Political Geography Research Group and Geographical Education Division.

Research interests: regional and political geography, migrations, refugees, minority groups, depopulation processes, social pathology, housing segregation, spatial isolation, the islands, global economic crisis on tourism islands, environment and socio-economic development, social vulnerability to natural hazards, colonial heritage in the urban space,  neocolonialism, urban design and spacial planning, urban climate, air pollution, nature conservation, ecological distribution conflicts, tourism in protected areas, cultural landscapes, historical and electoral geography, war and conflicts, humanitarian aid, geographical education, incl. humanistic and holistic aspects

Joanna Angiel Ph.D. (habil.)– geography educator, humanistic geographer

Research interests:  geographical education, didactics of geography, field trips and fields studies in geographical education,  humanistic and holistic aspects of geographical education in schools, axiological issues in geographical education in schools;  geographical education for sustainable development, landscape geography: education and awareness, cultural landscapes, spatial order and disorder,  perception of rivers and their values, education about rivers; cultural heritage – its diversity, values, protection and education.

Alina Awramiuk-Godun, Ph.D.

Research interests are focused on two thematic areas: cultural landscape and geographical education. The research carried out recently concerned the following topics: the impact of cultural (religious) diversity on the cultural landscape of the borderland areas and the determination of the extent of the borderland landscape; young people’s attitudes towards cultural differences (minority groups, migrants, migration) and educational process planning in geography teaching in Poland,  regional and  intercultural education in geography teaching;changes in landscape education in Poland

Paweł Cywiński, Ph.D.

Research interests: migrations (city, global tourism, refugees in Poland and the Mediterranean), war and conflicts (Asia, Africa, internet), postcolonial theory (history of colonialism and imperialism, ideology, narrative and language, neocolonialism, minorities), new cultural geography, politics (strategy, elections), qualitative research

Anna Dudek, Ph.D. – regional and environmental geographer

Research interests: environment and socio-economic development, determinants of nature conservation, tourism in protected areas, social and economic functions of national parks and reserves, development projects in deserted areas in various parts of the world, environment and humanitarian aid; field research conducted in many regions of the world, mainly in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America; author of numerous publications on protected areas, nature tourism and development projects

Anna Grzegorczyk, Ph.D.

PhD in Earth Sciences in the field of socio-economic geography, assistant professor at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies of the University of Warsaw since 2010. She is interested in social and urban issues. She conducts research in the field of: socio-spatial diversification, living standards of inhabitants, social polarization, housing segregation, housing policy, enclaves of wealth, poverty and immigration, gentrification and diversification of mobility and everyday spatial behavior of various population groups. European countries have been the area of research in recent years.

She conducted research entitled “Social segregation and spatial isolation. Housing policy in selected metropolitan areas of Germany, France and Poland” (manager of the National Science Center project). She cooperated with Parisian local government organizations: Atelier parisiend’urbanisme and Communauté ParisSaclay.

Ada Górna – geographer and doctoral student at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies of the University of Warsaw, Master’s degree in geography (thesis concerned the spatial distribution and typology of foreign land deals in African countries), currently working on a dissertation on role of agriculture in the urban space of the cities of the Global South. She specializes in urban geography and development studies, and her research interests revolve around urban agriculture, food systems, urban sustainability and urban resilience. During her academic career she conducted research related to urban and development studies and carried out fieldwork in several countries, for instance in Singapore, Cuba, Cape Verde, Senegal, Rwanda, Guinea Bissau.

Krzysztof Górny, Ph.D. – is a geographer and Africanist at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies of the University of Warsaw (Department of Political & Historical Geography). His Master’s Thesis (2016) involved the application of line diagram to analyse contemporary diversity of African states. His Doctoral Thesis (2020) involved colonial heritage in contemporary West African cities. He is currently working on the topic of urban toponymy and monuments in Europe and Africa and also pursuing the topic of colonial heritage in the urban space of African countries. He conducted fieldwork on the topic in Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Rwanda and Senegal.

Barbara Jaczewska Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, double master’s degree in geography and spatial management at the University of Warsaw. Since 2012 lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies of the University of Warsaw.

Barbara Jaczewska specializes in social geography (analysis of socio-spatial differences, segregation), migration studies (analysis of migration flows, multilocality, migration policies in EU) and housing studies (residential migration, housing policy in EU, social housing, shaping the housing environment). The research conducted so far has focused mainly on Poland (Warsaw), Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt, Mainz, Bielefeld), United Kingdom (London, Bradford) and Mexico.

Maciej Jędrusik, Professor

Specialises in regional geography and tourism geography, in particular studying the phenomena and processes that occur in isolated areas and the links between isolation and globalisation, chiefly on islands. He is also interested in contemporary global political phenomena and their impact on the societies and economies of individual countries. He is particularly interested in culinary geography.

He has carried out field observations and studies in France, Greece, Cuba, Ethiopia, Gabon, the islands in the Indian Ocean (including Madagascar, Maldives and Mascarenes), the Lesser Antilles, Polynesia and Melanesia. He has also visited the United States, North Africa, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and most countries in Europe.

Maciej Kałaska, Ph.D.

Research interests: ecological distribution conflicts as forces for sustainability, women’s role in environmental justice movements and sustainability transitions, Latin American studies with ‘decolonial turn’, transdisciplinary and comparative studies in regional geography, development studies in developing countries, urban regeneration/gentrification in the Global South, tourism space in North-African and Middle Eastern cities (historical perspective).

Bożena Kicińska Ph.D., Associate Professor

Research interests: air pollution: the impact of meteorological conditions on the air pollution (by particulate matter (PM10, PM2,5), sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides) in Poland, the aerosanitary conditions in the towns and regions of Poland; urban climate:the heat island in Warsaw, the impact of green spaces on local thermic and humidity conditions in Warsaw; topoclimatology: the impact of the relief and ground cover on the differentiation of the local climate; agroclimatology: the impact of the atmospheric circulation on the occurrence of precipitation-free periods in Poland; didactics of physical geography, meteorology and climatology: handbooks, lectures.

Jerzy Makowski, Professor

Research interests: Regional physical geography, regional geography and socio-economic geography and geography of tourism. Recently, cultural landscapes, including wine landscapes, have become the focus of my interests. Of particular interest are the relationship between man and the environment in the intertropical and subtropical zones, especially in Latin America, including the natural conditions of agriculture in the zone of moist equatorial forests and savannahs. Changes in the natural environment. Global environmental problems. Extensive experience in field research in the Amazon, The Andes, Mexico, the Iberian Peninsula, the Canary Islands and the Azores.

Monika Pękalska, Ph.D.

Urban design and spacial planning, creation and organisation public spaces, perception of urban space, urban transportation, revitalization of urban areas, urban and architectural education

Katarzyna Podhorodecka, Ph.D. (habil.)

graduated from MA and PhD studies at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies of the University of Warsaw and BA studies at the Warsaw School of Economics. Doctoral degree was entitled ‘Tourism in the tropical islands. The diversification of the economic role and its determinants’. Post doc book showed the impact of global economic crisis on tourism islands. She is working in the Department of Tourism in the Ministry of Development, Labour and Technology and before she was working in the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, dealing with research in tourism, tourism development and competitiveness and innovation in Polish tourism. She lectured under the Erasmus scholarship at the Charles University in Prague, University of Huelva in Spain, University in Ostrava, University in Prešov, Université des îlesBaléares and did a didactic internship at the University of North Florida..

Dorota Rucinska, Ph.D.

From 2010 Asst. Prof. of Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies at the UW, where she obtained Dr of Earth Sciences in Geography in 2009 (Ph.D.), and led of a book, 2012. Her particular research interest is in nature-society relationships, social vulnerability to natural hazards that are important for the disaster risk.  She is an academics; author original research articles published in prestigious journals e.g. Risk Anal.; author and expert in scientific projects; reviewer for leading journals e.g. IntJ Disast Risk Re; speaker during international scientific and governmental conferences; initiator DRR conference; in the Chair of Regional and Political Geography since 2018.

Magdalena Skorupska, M.Sc.

Geographer and pedagogue working in the Department of Political and Historical Geography. Research interests: political geography, electoral geography especially spatial differentiation of voter turnout and invalid votes in Poland, problems at the Mexico–United States border, narcoculture, regional geography od Poland.

Marcin Wojciech Solarz, Professor

Research field: political and historical geography

Key research projects:

  • „Atlas of Poland’s PoliticalGeography. Poland in the modern world: The 2022 Perspective”, 2020-2022, MKDNiS, BP „Niepodległa”.
  • „Forest Germans (Głuchoniemcy, Walddeutsche): the past and present of forgotten local communities in the Carpathian Foothills” 2020-2024, NCN.

Tomasz Wites, Ph.D. (habil.) – scientific studies is human geography.

Research issues investigated as part of the geography of population, tourism geography and of social geography. The area of research interest is the regional scale above all (Russia in particular, other former USSR states to a lesser extent, some other countries – New Zealand). To a limited extent the area of reference will be the global scale (globalisation processes) and local scale (analysis of social pathology). He indicates several groups of research interest: those connected to the issue of population geography, depopulation in particular, related to social geography and with ties to tourism geography.