Sociology

1. Social integration of people with disabilities as a civilization challenge in contemporary societies. New communication technologies and social movements as factors of the emancipation of people with disabilities.

Supervisor:dr hab. Barbara Gąciarz prof. AGH

Faculty of Humanities

Abstract: Disability is a growing social problem due to the increase in the number of people with disabilities and because of the increasing difficulties in providing them with support and care at an appropriate level. Institutional support systems for people with disabilities, functioning in traditional models of the welfare state, have reached the limits of their ability to provide the right standard of living for these people. It is necessary to change the paradigm of social policy towards disability, basing it on the social model assuming the full subjectivity of people with disabilities in the process of medical and social rehabilitation, striving to provide them with independent living conditions, including them in the labor market. Meeting the conditions of social integration of people with disabilities requires structural changes in the system of public institutions dealing with support for these people. A new approach to the role and activity of people with disabilities in the processes of their social inclusion in the sphere of work, entrepreneurship, consumption, civic participation and participation in culture is also necessary. People with disabilities get the chance to fully enjoy their human and civil rights when they are able to self-organize effectively, lobby their interests in political structures, participate actively in local politics, build networks of mutual support. The new communication technologies (internet, social media) are increasingly becoming a platform enabling the development of identity and solidarity of the communities of people with disabilities. New forms of associating people with disabilities and new methods for organizing social campaigns arise. Social and technological innovations change the possibilities of social integration of people with disabilities. These issues require thorough studies that will determine the significance and scope of the impact of innovations that influence the way people with disabilities function in contemporary societies.

Research facilities: WH AGH provides access to the research infrastructure necessary for the implementation of both theoretical studies (own scientific book collection and access to the Main Library of AGH, access to online archives of scientific papers and publications in the field of social sciences), as well as empirical research. PhD students will receive basic support for scientific research as part of their statutory subsidy and support in applying for research grants at the National Center of Science.

Number of places: 2

 

2. Social inequalities as a structural determinant of the transformation of societies. Origins and effects of social inequalities in the 21st century.

Supervisor:dr hab. Barbara Gąciarz prof. AGH

Auxiliary supervisor:dr Ewa Migaczewska

Faculty of Humanities

Abstract: Social inequalities are phenomena that are eternally associated with the history of human societies. It is one of their constitutive features that determines their social order and development dynamics. Opposition to social inequalities and the fight against them was one of the driving forces of modernity, great revolutions and structural changes that shaped modern societies based on capitalism and liberal democracy. For many decades, eliminating social inequalities, creating conditions for the emergence of an egalitarian society were an important aspect of the mass social movements, relations between social classes and strata, factors shaping relations between policy actors, as well as affecting economic relations, labor relations, the dynamics of national economies and international business relations. Social inequalities remain an important factor determining the content and dynamics of contemporary social, political, cultural and economic processes. They change their form of manifestation and influence on collective behaviors, and the effects they cause for the social and political order. Social inequalities are a fundamental dimension of the socio-cultural order that defines the ability to fully meet human needs and fulfill aspirations, diversifying individuals and social groups due to the chances of living in accordance with standards recognized in a given society as worthy, ensuring the well-being and a full range of social participation. The study of new properties of social inequalities and their impact on the functioning of modern societies will be the main goal of the research project. Social inequalities have many forms and various effects, mainly related to various manifestations of social disintegration and dysfunctional behaviors. These include, for example, high premature mortality, poor health, the prevalence of negative social attitudes and emotions (stress, anxiety, depression, anger), lack of access to knowledge, exclusion from the mainstream of social life, poverty, insecurity, lack of self-esteem values ​​and self-confidence. Multiple phenomena resulting from inequalities will be the subject of exploration as part of the research issue.

Research facilities: WH AGH provides access to the research infrastructure necessary for the implementation of both theoretical studies (own scientific book collection and access to the Main Library of AGH, access to online archives of scientific papers and publications in the field of social sciences), as well as empirical research. PhD students will receive basic support for scientific research as part of their statutory subsidy and support in applying for research grants at the National Center of Science.

Number of places: 2

 

3. The Social Construction of Art, Artist and Artist’s Community.

Supervisor:dr hab. Dariusz Wojakowski

Faculty of Humanities

Abstract: The goal of the research project is to describe the process of the social construction of art and an artist. The empirical research should be focused on: the processes of constructing socially approved definitions of art and an artist; values which are involved in those processes; social actions and mutual interactions undertaken by members of the artists’ community. The research should be a qualitative ones and base on constructivism, symbolic interactionism, methodology of grounded theory and ethnography as its theoretical and methodological background. Such research should search for a new theoretical perspectives of the sociological interpretation of an artistic community and to capture the experiences and interactions in a such community in their natural context, when they appear. It is assumed that as a result of the research it will be possible to determine the boundaries of the artistic field, its properties and diversity, as well as to provide a detailed analysis of the process of the social construction of an artist.

Research facilities: The equipment used to audio and video recording during the research is widely available. The Faculty of Humanities offers their students: access to the library with volumes allowing for theoretical preparation of work; computer stations with the qualitative data analysis software which is in its possession (Maxqda, Atlas.ti).

Number of places: 1

 

4. Identities, social practices and institutions of gender in the structures and cultures of the information society.

Supervisor:dr hab. Katarzyna Leszczyńska

Faculty of Humanities

Abstract: The relationship between gender and the broadly understood field of new technologies and innovations (including organizational culture, innovative institutions and organizations, identities or social practices), despite the importance and relevance of the issue, is relatively rarely the subject of systematic and in-depth scientific research in world sociology; in Polish social sciences this topic is completely absent. The relationship between the gender and the field of new technologies is often seen in sociological reflection in terms of statistics and, above all, unidirectional interactions in which this field of technology is perceived as differentiating identifications or gender beliefs, and sees gender itself as an independent variable. Research carried out under the theme will draw attention to the complexity, multidimensionality and recursiveness of the relationship between the gender (masculinity and femininity considered in terms of both institutions and social structure, practices and identities), technology field and the consequences and implementation of this relationship in the micro dimension, meso and macrosocial. The roles of men and women within STEM will be analyzed, social practices in innovative organizations (including technological and social start-ups), gender mainstreaming practices in organizations oriented towards the production of new technologies, connections between technological development and practices for equalizing opportunities and inequalities, processes ICT and IT sector flitting.

Research facilities: Thesis supervisor directed the qualitative research in 2019 as part of a project implemented by the Faculty of Humanities AGH (Stereotype Inoculation Model: how representation and beliefs of others shape the willingness of women to be active in the field of IT - research pilot, supervisor: dr Joanna Pyrkosz -Pacyna). The second part of the research is planned for 2020. As part of the research, the thesis supervisor is planning to submit a research project to the National Science Center (Opus, head: Katarzyna Leszczyńska PhD, researcher: Joanna Pyrkosz-Pacyna, PhD). The project will provide for the position of a scholarship holder open to PhD students of sociological sciences dealing with the subject of gender and technology / innovation. In the second half of 2019, it is planned to submit a project entitled ELVIRA_P / EquaL opportunities in engineering & science, Valorised by Industry, Research & Academy best Practices as part of the Erasmus + Equal Opportunities in Academy, Research and Industry program (KA2 Strategic Partnership Supporting Innovation - Higher Education). The project, if it receives funding, will be implemented by 10 European universities, including the AGH Faculty of Humanities. The doctoral student will take part in the research carried out in the project.

Number of places: 1

 

5. Social and cultural embeddedness of innovations.

Supervisor:dr hab. Maria Nawojczyk, prof. AGH

Second supervisor:dr hab. Łukasz Afeltowicz

Auxiliary supervisor:dr Seweryn Rudnicki

Faculty of Humanities

Abstract: Innovation is one of the key determinants of the development of modern societies. Sociology, anthropology, psychology, cognitive science, geography, and organizational studies devote increasing attention to innovation. Research in this area concerns the concept of innovation and their various conditions. Many researchers distinguish technological and social innovations. However, with the development of new technologies, especially in the IT sector, we are increasingly dealing with the technological and social assemblages of innovation. Their global character changes the methodology of studying this phenomenon. The appearance and research possibilities are also influenced by the emergence of new research techniques resulting from the development of the Internet. Determinants of the emergence of innovations have in today societies network character. This network is constituted by: the level of economic development, the level of inclusion of a given economy in the global one, the level of development of the new technologies sector, development of research organizations, legislative and financial conditions of innovative activity, the cultural traits of a given society to innovate. Mutual relations of these conditions constitute a fascinating field of research.

Exemplary research problems:

(1) Factors facilitating and hindering development and diffusion of (pro)environmental innovations in such areas as waste management, greenhouse gas emissions i.e. decarbonisation.

(2) Socio-technical innovations and the crisis of democracy: the potential and limitations of social and technological innovations in the area of democracy and governance.

(3) Factors determining innovation in the area of medicine and public health.

(4) Social and cultural determinants of organizational and national innovativeness, determinants of creativity and new product development processes.

(5) Methods for generation of new and useful ideas and solutions (e.g. user-centered design, design thinking, service design), their adaptation and usage within organizations.

Research facilities: AGH as a leading technical university with extensive implementation of commercialization of knowledge and its own innovation center is itself an interesting research field. The Faculty of Humanities, on which the research project would be carried out, explores the relationships between technology and society in research and teaching. Young researchers are encourage to apply for research grants at the NCN.

Number of places: 2

 

6. Social and cultural embeddedness of smart grids.

Supervisor:dr hab. Jacek Gądecki

Faculty of Humanities

Abstract: Modern power systems change not only the ways of generating and using electricity, but also who produces and uses it. New technologies and social expectations related to smart energy are a challenge for existing business, regulatory and social solutions. smart grids can facilitate the acquisition of energy from renewable sources, at the same time leading to increased social involvement and community opening to new services, more decentralized and dispersed patterns of production, consumption, ownership and control. By analyzing the factors shaping the practices of implementing policies and technologies in the field of smart energy networks, we are able to better understand the complex nature of socio-technological innovation related to innovation systems, social changes or political economy.

Examples of research problems:

1. diffusion of pro-environmental innovations in the area of energy,

2. Socio-technical innovations and locality and democracy: the potential and limitations of social and technological innovations in the area of democracy and local,

3. cultural determinants of the functioning of dispersed energy, phenomena at the interface of new energy technologies of the society in the situation of implementing new solutions?

4. impact of the vision of the energy future and existing technological solutions on the functioning of the community,

5. prosumption and sharing economy;

Research facilities: AGH as a leading technical university with extensive practices in implementation research and an innovation center. PhD student is involved in the work of the group of researchers interested in for socio-cultural solutions of smart grids. The team is currently working on the social aspects of the development of energy clusters in Poland (Gospostrateg).

Number of places: 1

 

7. Smart Cities and Smart Communities - social aspects of smart city solutions.

Supervisor:dr hab. Jacek Gądecki

Faculty of Humanities

Abstract: The research concerns the assumptions of the Smart City concept as well as strategies and practices related to the shaping of this living environment that touch the interface between social sciences and technology. As part of the research, sociotechnology perspectives are being implemented: research undertaken within the framework of the issue treats modern cities as intelligent systems and intelligent communities, pointing to various actors, including non-social actors (ICT) in creating the smart city concept. We will also look at the city as a living laboratory - presenting the concept of living lab and its significance for urban research in the contemporary city.

Examples of research problems:

1. new technological solutions and social problems in the city,

2. processes of building and implementing solutions,

3. methodologies of introducing innovations, living lab approach,

4. research on social acceptance and building engagement, urban conflicts

5. political-economic and cultural determinants of processes,

6. social exclusion in the city and smart city solutions

7. quality of life in the city,

8. critique of the smart city 1.0-3.0 concept

Research facilities: AGH as a leading technical university with extensive practices in implementation research and an innovation center is the place of interdisciplinary research. PhD student is involved in the work on the human smart cities project regarding the construction of solutions for monitoring the quality of life on the basis of data obtained from citizens („human smart cities” project).

Number of places: 1