The research conducted by the Chair of Tourism Geography and Recreation primarily concerns the spatial determinants (natural and socio-economic), forms, and consequences of tourism and leisure in Poland and other parts of the world. The main research topics are tourism and leisure in urban areas, tourism and recreation in protected and rural areas, tourism for the elderly, and various forms of cultural tourism. Empirical and theoretical studies are conducted within the context of sustainable tourism and incorporate the concept of ecosystem services.
The book Gastronomy and Urban Space. Changes and Challenges in Geographical Perspective was published by Springer Nature in 2020 as part of its Urban Book Series. This was the fruit of research conducted by the Chair and colleagues from other universities in Poland and elsewhere.
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Professor Andrzej Kowalczyk,
Prof. Kowalczyk graduated in socio-economic geography at the University of Warsaw (MA in 1977, PhD in 1986).
His professional interests include various aspects of urban tourism, cultural tourism (e.g. architectural, historical and military tourism, culinary tourism), geotourism, tourism cartography and general tourism theory.
Prof. Kowalczyk has published books on second houses (1994), tourism geography (2000), geographical aspects of the hotel industry (2001). He has co-authored a book on tourism planning and infrastructure (2010) and edited a book on sustainable tourism (2010).
Major publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrzej-Kowalczyk-7
Małgorzata Durydiwka Ph.D., Associate Professor
Prof. Durydiwka graduated in socio-economic geography at the University of Warsaw (MA in 1988, PhD in 1997).
Her research interests include tourism as a socio-economic function of the regions, tourism as a factor of spatial transformation, tourism in rural areas, cultural tourism, Spa & wellness, as well as relationships between local communities and protected areas. She has authored many publications, including a book on the factors of development and diversification of the tourism function in rural areas in Poland (2012), and has been a co-editor of two books on tourist space (2011, 2015).
Full list of publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Malgorzata-Durydiwka
Sylwia Kulczyk, Ph.D., Associate Professor.
MA in geography 1997, PhD in Earth Sciences 2002 (University of Warsaw).
Her main research areas include human – nature relations in the context of sustainable development and management of tourism and recreation.
Research regions: Poland, Sahel zone, Latin America.
Major publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sylwia-Kulczyk
Marta Derek Ph.D., Assistant Professor.
2003: MA in geography of tourism and hospitality (University of Łódź)
2005: MA in regional and local studies (Centre for European Regional and Local Studies, Euroreg, University of Warsaw)
2008: PhD in geography at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw
Marta’s research and teaching interests include urban tourism, tourism and gastronomy, and nature-based tourism.
Full list of publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marta-Derek
Katarzyna Duda-Gromada, Ph.D.
2003: MA in regional geography (University of Warsaw)
2009: PhD in socio-economic geography (University of Warsaw)
2010: postgraduate studies in spatial planning (Warsaw University of Technology)
Katarzyna’s research interests include water-based tourism, lake tourism, tourism management, cultural tourism. She has been a co-editor of two books on tourist space (2011, 2015).
Full list of publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Katarzyna-Duda-Gromada
Piotr Kociszewski, Ph.D.,
Graduate of economic geography, specialization–geography of tourism (BA 2009, MA 2011, PhD 2016).
His main research areas include senior tourism and the tourist offer dedicated for this market segment (he co-authored a monography on this topic in 2020), as well as functioning of travel agencies, their security system, and the work of tour leaders and guides (he co-authored a monography on this topic in 2017), studies related to cultural tourism, especially in the Podlasie region (he co-authored a monography in 2019 and has published many articles on the topic).
Piotr combines academic life with practical experience coming from working in the tourism sector as the CEO of a travel agency, tour leader, guide and trainer.
Full list of publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Piotr-Kociszewski
Aleksandra Korpysz-Wiśniewska, M.A.
2015: MA in economic geography (Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw)
2015–2019: Doctoral studies (Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw)
Aleksandra’s research interests include cultural tourism, literary tourism, and city marketing.
Full list of publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aleksandra-Korpysz
Małgorzata Klein, M.A.
2007: BA in French Language and Literature (University of Warsaw)
2008: postgraduate studies in Global Development (Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw)
2009: MA in French Language and Literature (University of Warsaw); postgraduate studies in Human Rights and Freedoms (Polish Academy of Sciences and Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights)
2014: MA in Economics (Warsaw School of Economics)
2018-2022 Doctoral studies (Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw)
Małgorzata’s academic work includes foreign aid effectiveness, subjective wellbeing in developing countries, and the place of sustainability in school systems around the world.
Full list of publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Malgorzata-Klein-2
Tomasz Grzyb. M.A.
2019: MA in socio-economic geography (University of Warsaw)
Since 2019: PhD student in Doctoral School of Social Sciences (University of Warsaw).
His research interests include human-nature interactions in urban green and blue spaces, borderland landscapes, and use of social media data in recreation studies.
Full list of publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tomasz-Grzyb-3