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PirogDanuta Piróg: socio-economic geographer; an associate professor in the Pedagogical University of Kraków (Institute of Geography), an author and co-author of 130 papers in scientific journals, chapters in monographs and books.

I am scientifically active in the domain of social geography, mainly geography of services. My choice of research topics is closely related to my being a graduate and employee of the Pedagogical University, which has a strong tradition of combining research with education, including in subdisciplines of geography. I have contributed to this tradition, with varying intensivity, since the beginning of my scientific work. I conducted research on the relation between education (as a factor determining the quality of life as well as one of key services in market economy at the time of growing European integration and globalisation) and human functioning (or potential of active involvement) in social, economic and cultural life in spatial systems of various scales.

My current research interests cover the following three core areas:

  • First area is the transition of higher education graduates' from education to the labour market. I explore these issues both through labour market theories and mechanisms of this type of transition in the light of socio-economic changes.
  • Second topic is dedicated to factors which influence the educational decisions of young people with a particular concern on higher education in Poland and in other countries. I also explore the possibilities of implementation these results into HE quality management.
  • The third area is dedicated to innovative concepts and strategies of vocational counselling among young people.

My the most significant achievements in last years were obtaining two research grants from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education:

  • "Analysis of demand for Earth science graduates in Poland and other selected countries". The main objective of the project is to conduct a multifaceted analysis and assessment of the demand for graduates of Earth science programmes on the labour market. The research is also aimed at verifying the degree to which the demand is met among employers who actually declared shortages of staff from those areas. It is also important to investigate market size for this group of specialists as evaluated by people who met employer requirements and found jobs that corresponded to their professional qualifications.
  • "Graduates of geography studies on the labour market in Poland and in selected European Union countries". The purpose of this research is to conduct a multidimensional prognosis of geography graduates on the labour market and to devise a complex methodology of these kinds of surveys with empirical verification.

 

Career stages:

20192022: head of the research project entitled "Analysis of demand for Earth science graduates in Poland and other selected countries" financed from budget funds of the National Science Centre, Poland, as research project No 2018/29/B/HS4/00847

2016: the title of habilitated doctor (doktor habilitowany)- associate professor in the area of Earth science in the discipline of Geography, specialisation: social and economic geography;
research topic: "Geography degree graduates' transition to the labour market: process, determinants, prediction"; University of Lodz, Faculty of Geography Studies.
The achievement was awarded a Rector's prize in the Pedagogical University of Kraków


2015  2014: an expert in the project: "Recognize your vocational predispositions" (UE fundings OP "Human Capital", Priority III. High quality of education)

2013 – 2010: head of the research project entitled "Graduates of geography studies on the labour market in Poland and in selected European Union countries" financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (N N114 076739)

2009 – 2012: research partner in an international project PAM-INA 502077 – LLP – 2009 – DE – COMENIUS – CMP

2006 – 2009: research partner in an international project Herodot: TP1 Citizenship, Culture, Place and Identity 2300402-CP-1-2006-1-UK-ERASMUS-TN

2003: PhD in Earth science in the area of geography pedagogy; Pedagogical University of Krakow; Faculty of Geography and Biology, PhD degree, dissertation: Needs and possibilities of optimization of European education in grammar schools (based on research in selected grammar schools in the malopolska region.

1999: MA in geography; Pedagogical University of Krakow Institute of Geography.

 

Selected functions:

2020 – present: a member of Geography Sciences Committee in Polish Academy of Sciences (chosen in election)

2020 – present: a member of editorial board of Geografija v šoli

2018present: a geography textbook expert in Ministry of Education

2017 – 2016: Deputy Head (Science and International Cooperation) in Institute of Geography, Pedagogical University in Kraków

20172016: faculty member of the Parameterization Team

20172016: faculty member of the Research Workers Evaluation Team

2016 – present: Erasmus exchange coordinator in the Institute of Geography

20162001: director of post-graduate studies "Science" in the Institute of Geography (Pedagogical University of Kraków)

20152014: an expert in the project: "Recognize your vocational predispositions" (UE fundings OP "Human Capital", Priority III. High quality of education)

2012 – present: a member of the Education Quality Team of the Institute of Geography for the subjects: tourism and recreation, spatial economy, and geography

2012 – present: coordinator of specialisation Science in the Institute of Geography (Pedagogical University of Kraków)

20112002: director of Practical Teacher Training in the Institute of Geography (Pedagogical University of Kraków

20092006: member of the board of the Polish Geographical Society (chosen in election)

2006 – present: member of Rector's Commission of Practical Teacher Training in the Pedagogical University of Kraków

 

 

 

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