Institute of Sociology

Contactul. Fosa Staromiejska 1a, 87-100 Toruń
tel.: +48 56 611 36 36
fax: +48 56 622 4765
e-mail: soc-sekr@umk.pl

Department of Quality of Life Research and Applied Sociology

We are a diverse team—we integrate various generational experiences; we are characterized by a nearly-symmetrical gender diversity; we come from different parts of Poland; we were educated and received our professional experience at various academic centers; but we also have diverse and particular research interests. We share a passion for discovering the quality of life conditions and experiences of various social groups and categories, while also striving to make sociological knowledge a useful tool for creating institutional and social changes to improve the level of well-being of individuals.

We conduct research, educate, publish, popularize the results of our studies, create new institutions and help reform existing ones; we offer expert advice in the field of social policy for public institutions, organizations, and enterprises. In our research, we focus in particular on such issues as: social exclusion and inequality (in the economic, social, and cultural dimensions); the functioning and reforms of institutions of the social welfare system; social integration and re-adaptation; the education system; justice; the labor market; family long-term care.

We are interested in issues of physical and mental health, the impact of socio-cultural factors on the human body, working conditions, personal development, transformations of identity under changing socio-cultural conditions, and justice. Our research, as well as our collective and individual aspirations, are connected with nearly every goal of sustained development: we want to conduct research and create designs in order to live in a better world, for us and for others.