About us

This site is formed by the Polish Diaspora Research Group at Lancaster University.

Paula Bialski is a Polish-Canadian doctoral candidate at Lancaster University. She uses her knowledge of social network analysis and friendship and interaction studies in order to unravel the meaning of social ties in the migratory process. Her doctoral dissertation is centered around hospitality exchange networks and online hitchhiking websites. These systems, she believes, instigate a shift in friendship, trust, and intimacy among a mobile world. After being based in the English countryside, Paula is now back in Warsaw to teach at the Department of Sociology.

Dr. Nick Gill is a lecturer at the Geography Department at Lancaster University. His broader research interests include the dilemmas facing public servants in an era of state restructuring, and the role played by religious institutions in integrating migrant communities. His desire to lead this research project came after his one year stay in Silesian region of Poland five years ago, which sparked his interest in the role played by religious institutions in integrating new migrants, focussing upon the experiences of the Polish diaspora in the North West of the UK.

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