Magdalena Mostowska

Magdalena MostowskaDr Magdalena Mostowska

Department of Geography and Spatial Development, University of Warsaw, Poland

Research interests

My research interests concern several broad concepts such as social exclusion, poverty and migration. I teach and research mostly within urban studies and housing issues, especially homelessness, housing exclusion, and social housing. Recently my work is focused on the homelessness of EU-migrants. I look at a variety of issues: survival strategies in the foreign environment, social networks, access to service provision, changing institutional context or regulations in the public space. I’m interested in everyday life sociology and sociology of deviance, and inspired by the Chicago School, symbolic interactionists, Erving Goffman, Michel Foucault and others. I’m also interested in the methodology of qualitative social research methods and their ethical considerations. In my fieldwork I use ethnographic methods, life history approach and discourse analysis.

Recent research projects

  • 2012-2014 “Survival strategies of homeless migrants and institutional support in the enlarged EU” (Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education grant IP2011/036971)
  • 2010 “Migration and homelessness. Geographies of support and exclusion. Polish homeless in Oslo” in collaboration with Norsk Institutt for By- og Regionforskning in Oslo (EEA/Norwegian grant FSS/2009/II/D3/W/0044)

Selected publications

“‘We Shouldn’t but We Do…’: Framing the Strategies for Helping Homeless EU migrants in Copenhagen and Dublin”, British Journal of Social Work, 2014, 44: 18-34.

“Homelessness abroad: ‘Place utility’ in the narratives of the Polish homeless in Brussels”, International Migration, 2014, 52: 118–129.

“Bruksela i Amsterdam – lokalne konteksty bezdomności polskich migrantów”, Neerlandica Wratislaviensia XXIV/2014 [Brussels and Amsterdam – homeless Polish migrants and the local context] (forthcoming).

„Liminalność jako doświadczenie terenowe w badaniu grupy bezdomnych Polaków w Brukseli”, Qualitative Sociology Review/Przegląd Socjologii Jakościowej Vol. X, issue 1, 2014 [Liminality as field experience in a study of a group of homeless Poles in Brussels] (forthcoming).

“‘Zakłócanie porządku publicznego’ i bezdomność w wybranych miastach europejskich” [in:] Kształtowanie współczesnej przestrzeni miasta, M. Madurowicz (ed.), Warszawa, Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 2014, pp. 321-333 [‘Disorderly conduct’ and rooflessness in selected European cities].

“Migration and Homelessness: The Social Networks of Homeless Poles in Oslo”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2013, 39:7, 1125-1140.

„The Social Welfare Capital of Polish Rough Sleepers in Brussels and Oslo”, European Journal of Homelessness, Volume 5.1, August 2011, pp. 27-47.

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