Aleksandra Grzymala-Kazlowska

Aleksandra Grzymala-Kazlowska

School of Social Policy
Marie Curie Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Social Policy (IRiS)
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Aleksandra Grzymala-Kazlowska is a Marie Curie Fellow based within the Institute for Research into Superdiversity.


  • PhD in Sociology, University of Warsaw (2005) 
  • MA of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (2000) 
  • MA In Psychology, University of Warsaw (2000)
  • Interdepartmental Individual Studies in the Humanities (2000)


Aleksandra Grzymala-Kazlowska is a visiting Marie Curie Fellow based within the Institute for Research into Superdiversity. She also holds a position as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology and a Senior Researcher at the Centre of Migration Research. Aleksandra Grzymala-Kazlowska specialises in the issues of adaptation and integration of immigrants, cultural representations and ethnic attitudes as well as new theories of migration and integration. She is an author, editor or co-editor of 6 books or special issues of academic journals as well as over 40 academic papers published, among others, in 'Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies', 'Ethnicities', 'Canadian Diversity' and 'Journal of Migration and Refugee Studies'. She is a member of the Research Committee on Human Migrations and Polish Diaspora at the Polish Academy of Science and serves as an expert at the Human Rights Defender and a Deputy Editor for the journal 'Central and Eastern European Migration Review'.


  • 2013-2015 Social Anchoring in Superdiverse Transnational Social Spaces (SAST), Marie curie Research Project, project leader and PI
  • 2009-2012 Identity and Social Bonds in Transnational Social Spaces (among Ukrainian immigrant workers and repatriates in Poland), project leader
  • 2007-2010 The Changes in Values of the Polish Society in the Process of European Integration (in the Context of International Comparative Research), researcher
  • 2003-2005 The Construction of <the Other>. Media and Popular Representations of Immigrants in Poland”, project leader
  • 2006-2008 Migration Policy and Labour Market Change, the coordinator of module: The Integration of Selected Groups of Immigrants in Poland
  • 2003-2006 From Immigration to Community: The Role of Settlement Migration in the Creation of Immigrant Communities and Multicultural Society in Poland, project co-leader and principal investigator
  • 2006-2007 The State of the Art of Migration Research in Poland, researcher
  • 2002-2003 Multiple Citizenship in a Globalising World. Germany in Comparative Perspectives (project led by Thomas Faist), researcher
  • 2001-2002 Warsaw Area Study, the coordinator of research on immigrants and ethnic diversity
  • 1998-2000 International Mobility of Polish Population. Strategies of Households and Consequences for Local Communities, within this project own research on Polish undocumented migrants in Belgium, 1999-2000
  • 2000-2001 The Changes in Values among Poles before The EU integration (European Value Study), researcher
  • 1998-1999 Migrant Trafficking through and into Poland, researcher
  • 1996 -1997 The Quality of Life in Poland during the Period of the Transition, researcher

Other activities

  • Associate Editor in Chief for Central and Eastern European Migration Review (2012- onwards)
  • Member of the Research Committee on Human Migrations and on Polish Diaspora, the Polish Academy of Science (2011-onwards)
  • Member of Expert Group at the Human Rights Defender (2009-onwards)
  • Member of the Polish Sociological Association (2007-onwards)
  • Member of network International Migration Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE)
  • Member of the team of consulting editors for the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies


Grzymala-Kazlowska, A and Grzymala-Morzczynska, H (2014), The Anguish of Repatriation: Immigration to Poland and integration of Polish descendants from Kazakhstan. East European Politics and Societies, SAGE, doi:10.1177/0888325414532494.

Grzymala-Kazlowska, A (2014), The role of different forms of bridging capital for immigrant adaptation and upward mobility. The case of Ukrainian and Vietnamese immigrants settled in Poland. Ethnicities, SAGE, DOI: 10.1177/1468796813518314.

Grzymala-Kazlowska, A. (2013). Migration and Socio-Demographic Processes in Central and Eastern Europe: Characteristics, Specificity and Internal Differences, Central and Eastern European Migration Review, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2013.

Grzymala-Kazlowska, A. (2013). Ku socjologii mobilnego społeczeństwa? Rozwój nowych koncepcji migracji i integracji a socjologia, Studia Socjologiczne [Sociological Studies], 3:31–52

Grzymala-Kazlowska, A., M. Gdula, R. Wloch (2012). „Nowe rzeczywistości społeczne, nowe teorie socjologiczne. Dyskusje i interpretacje” [New Social Realities, New Sociological Theories], Warsaw: Scholar.

Grzymala-Kazlowska, A., S. Lodzinski (2011). „Od migracji do integracji – polskie doświadczenia i wymiar porównawczy” [From Migration to Integration – Polish Experiences and Comparative Dimension], Studia Migracyjne – Przegląd Polonijny [Migration Studies – Polish Review], No. 2.

Grzymala-Kazlowska, A., M. Okólski (2010). “Amorphous Population Movements into Poland and Ensuing Policy Challenges”, in: U. Segal, D. Elliott, N. Mayadas (eds.), Immigration Worldwide: Policies, Practices and Trends, New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 224-256.

Grzymala-Kazlowska, A. (2009). “Clashes of Discourses: The Representations of Immigrants in Poland”, Journal of Migration and Refugee Studies, No. 1.

Grzymala-Kazlowska, A. (2008). Problemy integracji imigrantów. Koncepcje, badania, polityki [The Problem of Immigrant Integration. Conceptions, Research, Policy], Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 2008.

Grzymala-Kazlowska, A. (2008). Między jednością a wielością. Integracja odmiennych grup i kategorii imigrantów w Polsce [Between Unity and Diversity. Integration of Different Groups and Categories of Migrants in Poland], Warszawa: CMR.

Grzymala-Kazlowska, A. (2007). Konstruowanie <innego>. Wizerunki imigrantów w Polsce, [The Construction of “the Other”. The Cultural Representations of Immigrants in Poland.], Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego,

Grzymala-Kazlowska, A. (2006). “The Polish Approach to Integration” (co-author with A. Weinar), Canadian Diversity, Vol. 5, No. 1.

Grzymala-Kazlowska, A. (2005). “From Ethnic Cooperation to In-group Competition: Undocumented Polish Workers in Brussels”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 31, No. 4.