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University Centre of Excellence IMSErt - Interacting Minds, Societies, Environments

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PSE Team

PSE – People, Space and Environment

The PSE team consists of social geographers and psychologists who focus on antecedents of pro-environmental behaviours (PEB) and urban space perceptions. Our group studies climate change perception, energy transition, green behaviours, spatial and social changes in real urban and rural settings. While psychology captures the individualized reasons for uptaking PEB, human geography brings a more general, systemic context.

Our latest research projects include: (1) place attachment and the role of the physical and social features of spaces in the development of people’s emotional bonds with places; (2) perception of a place’s history and place continuity in the development of place identity; (3) collective memory of cities and its relationship to openness toward the cities’ multicultural past and present; (4) mobility, as related to emotional bonds with places, including the role of having more than one living place (studies of second homeowners); (5) pro-environmental attitudes and behaviours, as related to place perception and social (national) identity; (6) perception of place changes, including the changes due to the revitalization and gentrification processes of degraded urban spaces (also in the context of spatial planning); (7) effects of the transformations of urban spaces due to tourism development, such as the rapid development of Airbnb services and transnational gentrification; and (8) socioeconomic and environmental determinants of leisure time activities in terms of intergeneration effects.

In October 2021, we will open a new Institute of Psychology building with laboratory space for environmental and social psychology.

Team Leader: Dr Adrian Wójcik (read: Team Leaders)

Members:

1. Prof. dr hab. Maria Lewicka (marlew@umk.pl)

One of the most cited researchers in the world!

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Hobby: I tend to combine personal passions with research interests, changing them into research questions. I am interested in Central- Eastern Europe’s regional differentiation regarding place identity, national identity, and collective memory.
I am also interested in the history of Toruń and its spatial development. Besides photography and reading, including good detective stories with plots located in historically and geographically interesting settings.

2. Dr hab. Jadwiga Biegańska, prof. UMK (jadwigab@umk.pl)

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Hobby: Scandinavian culture, proxemics

3. Dr hab. Justyna Chodkowska-Miszczuk, prof. UMK (jchodkow@umk.pl)

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Hobby: the cultural heritage of Eastern Poland, strategy board games, cycling  

4. Dr hab. Elżbieta Grzelak-Kostulska, prof. UMK (grzelak@umk.pl)

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Hobby: travel to small and large cities

5. Dr hab. inż. Krzysztof Rogatka, prof. UMK (krogatka@umk.pl)

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Hobby: the architecture of modernism, nature, coffee

6. Dr Stefania Środa-Murawska (steffi@umk.pl)

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7. Dr Czesław Adamiak (czeslaw@umk.pl)

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Czesław Adamiak, PhD in geography (2014), is a member of the team People, Space and Environment. He is an adjunct in the Department of Spatial Planning and Tourism, Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management. His research interests include tourism geography, regional development, and the application of geographic information systems and big data in social sciences. His current research focuses on online peer-to-peer rental platforms in tourism behaviour and the evolution of tourism destinations. He has authored publications papers in leading international interdisciplinary journals in tourism (Annals of Tourism Research, Current Issues in Tourism, Tourism Geographies) and spatial planning (Landscape and Urban Planning). For his doctoral thesis, he was awarded the Eugeniusz Romer Award by the Committee of Geographical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences). In his free time, he practices tourism, preferably in mountain areas.

Doctoral Candidates:

1. Mgr Leszek Dąbrowski (l.dabrowski@doktorant.umk.pl)

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Hobby: music, new technologies, soccer, travel

2. Mgr Michał Główczewski (miglow@umk.pl)

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Hobby: Tourist guide in Toruń, board games, good crime stories, history of the II World War

3. Mgr Ewelina Lopata (ewelina.lopata@doktorant.umk.pl)

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Hobby: travels, literature, sport