dr Karolina Sobczak-Szelc

Karolina Sobczak-Szelc – is an Assistant Professor at and the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw and the Centre for Advanced Studies of Population and Religion (CASPAR), Cracow University of Economics. In 2012 at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw she defended her PhD thesis entitled ‘Migration of people of Southern Morocco versus changes of natural environment’. Earlier, in 2009 she completed MA studies in spatial economy, and in 2006 she graduated with a master’s degree in physical geography with honours, both at the University of Warsaw. She combines earth science, social geography, spatial development, and sociology to study forced migrations both in countries of origin and destination. Her knowledge of this subject is supported by numerous studies conducted in Poland and countries of MENA, particularly in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. Currently, she is Principal Investigator in the project ARICA — A multi-directional analysis of refugee/IDP camp areas based on HR/VHR satellite data (2020-2023) financed under Norway Grants and a key staff member in the project FUME – Future Migration Scenarios for Europe (2020–2022), financed by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme. She was also Principal Investigator in the H2020 RESPOND Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in EU and beyond.

She is member of IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe), IASFM (International Association for the Study of Forced Migration), PERN (Population-Environment Research Network) and EuroMedMig (Euro-Mediterranean Research Network on Migration). Her main research interests include forced migration studies, integration of forced migrants, environmental migrations, and strategies of adaptation to environmental changes and limitations.


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