The Team

Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska – Associate professor and head of the Middle East and Central Asia Unit at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics. She earned her habilitation (post-PhD) in the study of religion (Jagiellonian University) and PhD in economics (Warsaw School of Economics). Her research interests include Islam and Muslims in Poland and wider Europe. She published 5 books including: Deconstructing Islamophobia in Poland (2014) and Muzułmańska kultura konsumpcyjna [Muslim consumer culture] (2011). Apart from academic work for over a decade she has been actively engaged in non-formal education as a trainer, mostly around the Polish National Commission for UNESCO project In the world of Islam – a series of workshops for students and later teachers across Poland; her other project Euro-Arab Youth Workshop was nominated by the EC as the best Polish youth project in 2008. She also initiated and developed a variety of teaching materials for intercultural education. In 2012 she was awarded with a distinction for popularising science by the Ministry of Higher Education and Polish Press Agency. She is currently heading two projects – a Jean Monnet Project: ref:EU | Muslim minorities and the refugee crisis in Europe (2017-2019, co-funded by the European Commission within the Erasmus+ Programme) and Managing spoiled identity: the case of Polish female converts to Islam (2018-2021, funded by the National Science Centre).

 Jan Misiunagraduate of the University of Warsaw (Institute of Political Science and American Studies Center) and Warsaw School of Economics (Ph.D. from the Collegium of Socio-Economics). He is an experienced university instructor and researcher in broadly understood International Studies. He has worked as an translator and interpreter (English-Polish), editor and journalist. Member of staff in Polish European Community Studies Association projects, including Academy of Young European I and II, EuInteg and Edushare as well as key member of the team in the ALIEN project (Advanced Learning and Inclusive EnviroNment for Higher Education through greater knowledge and understanding of migration processes). Recipient of several Ministry of Science grants for young researchers and of the Warsaw School of Economics’ Rector Prize for Academic Excellence (twice).

Marta PachockaPhD in Economics (2013) and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Studies of the Collegium of Socio-Economics at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics (since 2014). Researcher & Assistant Professor at the Centre of Migration Research of the University of Warsaw since 2016. She graduated in 2010 from SGH with a double MA (1. international relations, 2. marketing and management) and from CEMS Master’s in International Management Programme. She studied Master 1 Monde Musulman at Sciences Po Paris (2008) as an exchange student (Erasmus Scholarship). She has been involved in many national and international research and educational projects including Jean Monnet projects coordinated by PECSA (“Académie du Jeune Européen” in 2013–2014 and “EuInteg” in 2014–2015) and ECSA-Moldova (2015–2018) as a key staff member.  Jean Monnet Module Holder of EUMIGRO – “Jean Monnet Module on the European Union and the Contemporary International Migration – an Interdisciplinary Approach” (2016–2019). Coordinator of EUSHARE – “Connecting the European Union of Shared Aims, Freedoms, Values and Responsibilities” (2016–2019) conducted by the Polish European Community Studies Association (PECSA) under Jean Monnet Support to Associations. Key staff member of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the Warsaw School of Economics (CEWSE) since 2016. Secretary of the Polish European Community Studies Association (PECSA). Member of PTE, UACES, IPSA, IMISCOE, IASFM, AIELF.

Irena Senatorearned her MA in marketing and management at the Warsaw School of Economics, and since 1998 has been working at the Dean’s Office of Master Studies as senior specialist, currently as the head of the Dean’s Office. In 2017 she was involved in a research project on managing students’ affairs at dean’s offices (head:  Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska). She is a part of project’s management team and  deals with administrative issues.