Prof. Izabela Grabowska

Department of Economics
Full Professor

Professor Izabela Grabowska is sociologist and economist; full professor of social sciences; I was granted PhD by Department of Economics at University of Warsaw and Master Degrees (in economic sciences by University College Dublin and in sociology by University of Wroclaw); in 2021 I joined the Department of Economics at Kozminski University, and set up, as a director, CRASH Center for Research on Social Change and Human Mobility; in 2016-2021 I was a director of Interdisciplinary Doctoral School of SWPS University, Warsaw; in 2002-2019 I was Research Fellow at the Centre of Migration Research in Warsaw (currently I am a member of its Scientific Board); in 2008-2019 I was a member of IMISCOE Executive Board and Board of Directors; I am a national expert of the European Commission in: ESCO and European Mobility Partnership; now for European Labour Agency, for European Employment Services EURES; I am a co-author of research monograph: Migration and the Transfer of Informal Human Capital. Insights from Central Europe and Mexico (with Jastrzebowska; Routledge 2022); The Impact of Migration on Poland: EU Mobility and Social Change (with White, Kaczmarczyk and Slany, UCL Press 2018) and Migrants as Agents of Change (with Garapich, Jazwinska and Radziwinowiczowna, Palgrave Macmillan 2017); co-editor of Mobility in Transition. Migration Patterns After EU Enlargement (Amsterdam University Press 2013). I led research projects on: migrants’ careers, social remittances, peer-groups & migration (ended in 2020), life courses of young migrants & Brexit (ended in 2021), migrant liquid integration (H2020 MIMY, ended in 2023). In 2023 I won as a scientific coordinator Horizon Europe research project Link4Skills.  More at:; contact at: 

Selected articles

Grabowska, I., Ryan, L. (in press). Return Migration and Embedding: through the Lens of Brexit as an Unsettling Event. Comparative Migration Studies.   Grabowska, I. (2023). Societal dangers of migrant crisis narratives with a special focus on Belarussian and Ukrainian borders with Poland. Frontiers in Sociology, 7, 1084732.

Grabowska, I., Jastrzebowska, A., & Kyliushyk, I. (2023). Resilience Embedded in Psychological Capital of Ukrainian Refugees in Poland. Migration Letters, 20(3), 421-429.

Czeranowska, O., Chlasta, K., Miłkowski, P., Grabowska, I., Kocoń, J., Hwaszcz, K., ... & Jastrzębowska, A. (2023). Migrants vs. stayers in the pandemic–A sentiment analysis of Twitter content. Telematics and Informatics Reports, 10, 100059. 

Grabowska, I., & Jastrzebowska, A. (2023). Migration informal human capital of returnees to Central Europe: a new resource for organisations. Central European Management Journal, 31(1), 14-29. 

Chlasta K., Sochaczewski P., Grabowska I., Jastrzębowska A. (2022). MyMigrationBot: A Cloud-based Facebook Social Chatbot for Migrant Populations. Federated Conference on Computer Science and Intelligence Systems 2022.

Trąbka, A., Klimavičiūtė, L., Czeranowska, O., Jonavičienė, D., Grabowska, I., & Wermińska-Wiśnicka, I. (2022). Your heart is where your roots are? Place attachment and belonging among Polish and Lithuanian returnees. Comparative Migration Studies, 10(1), 29. 

Winogrodzka, D., & Grabowska, I. (2022). (Dis) ordered social sequences of mobile young adults: spatial, social and return mobilities. Journal of Youth Studies, 25(2), 242-258.

Grabowska I., Czeranowska O. (2022). Scenarios of Return: (im)Mobilities and Pandemic. The European Sociologist. No. 46, Vol. 2.

Grabowska, I. (2021). The 2004 EU enlargement as an outcome of public policies: The impact of intra-EU mobility on central and Eastern European sending countries. Social Policy and Society, 20(2), 175-191.

Grabowska I. (2018). Social skills, workplaces and social remittances: A case of post-accession migrants. Work, Employment and Society, 32(5): 868-886.

Grabowska I. (2016). The Transition from Education to Employment Abroad: The Experiences of Young People from Poland. Europe-Asia Studies, 68(8), 1421-1440.

Grabowska I., Garapich M.P. (2016). Social remittances and intra-EU mobility: Non-financial transfers between UK and Poland. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42 (13), 2146-2162.

Engbersen G., Grabowska I., Leerkes A., Snel E., Burgers J. (2013). On the Differential Attachments of Migrants from Central and Eastern Europe: A Typology of Labour Migration.  Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39(6), 959-981.

Grabowska I. (2005). Changes in the international mobility of labour: job migration of Polish nationals to Ireland, Irish Journal of Sociology, 14(1), 13- 27.


Grabowska I., Kyliushyk I., Jastrzebowska A., Winogrodzka D., Chrol E., (forthcoming). Ukrainian female war migrants. Mobilizing resources for social remittances. New York: Routledge.

Ryan, L., Grabowska, I., Romero, V., López, M. E., eds. (2023). Bodies at borders: Analyzing the objectification and containment of migrants at border crossing. Lausanne: Frontiers Media SA. doi: 10.3389/978-2-8325-3971-2. (e-book)

Grabowska I. (2023). Return mobility and transnational intangible transfers. The case of Central and Eastern Europe, In: (eds.) Fauser M., Bada X. The Routledge International Handbook of Transnational Studies. DOI: 10.4324/9781003329978-9 (pp. 82-92).

Grabowska I. Jastrzebowska A. (2022). Migration and the Transfer of Informal Human Capital. Insights from Central Europe and Mexico. London: Routledge.

Grabowska I. (2019).  Otwierając głowy. Migracje i kompetencje społeczne [The opening up of minds. Migration and social skills]. Warsaw: Scholar.

White A., Grabowska I., Kaczmarczyk P., Slany K. (2018). The Impact of Migration on Poland. London: UCL Press.

Grabowska I., Garapich M.P., Jazwinska E., Radziwinowicz A. (2017). Migrants as Agents of Change. Social remittances in an enlarged European Union. Basingstoke, London: Palgrave Macmillan. n: UCL Press [open access].

Grabowska I. (2016). Movers and Stayers: Social Mobility, Migration and Skills. Frankfurt Am Main: Peter Lang.

Grabowska-Lusińska I. (2012), Migrantow sciezki zawodowe bez granic. Warszawa: Scholar.

Grabowska-Lusińska I., Okólski M. (2009), Emigracja ostatnia? Warszawa: Scholar.