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Mobile Lives, Immobile Realms? Female Mobility Between Poland and Norway


Research grant from the National Science Centre, Harmonia; nr 2014/14/M/HS3/00842




3.08.2015 - 2.08.2019

Research team:


  • Izabella Main (PI)

  • Izabela Czerniejewska

  • Elżbieta M. Goździak

  • Marek Pawlak 

  • Agata Kochaniewicz 

  • Aleksandra Turowska 

  • Paulina Horbowicz

Foreign partners:


  • NOVA - Norwegian Social Research

  • PRIO - Peace Research Institute Oslo




In collaboration with the Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), CebaM carried out a three-year anthropological study exploring contemporary female mobility between Poland and Norway. The project aimed to enhance theoretical and empirical understanding of Polish female migrants’ integration in the labor markets and educational systems in Norway; investigate the impact of transnationality and liquid migration on migrants’ socio-economic integration in Norway and socio-economic conditions of sending communities in Poland; and identify and analyze strategies used by Polish migrant women to secure employment and educational opportunities for themselves and their children



♦ Goździak, E., M. Pawlak (2020). "Multiple Belongings: Transnational Mobility, Social Class, and Gendered Identities among Polish Migrants in Norway." Social Identities.


♦ Main, I., E. M. Goździak (2020). "Transnational mobility and social remittances. The case of Polish women in Norway and Poland." Ethnologia Europaea – Journal of European Ethnology.


♦ Czerniejewska, I. (2020). "Zakotwiczanie się. Migrantki z Polski w norweskim przedszkolu." Problemy wczesnej edukacji / Issues in early education.


♦ Main, I., E.M. Goździak, L. Nowak (2020). „From Going Abroad to Settling Down… While Remaining Mobile? Polish women in Norway Narrate their Migration Experiences." Nordic Journal of Migration Research.


♦ Main, I. Reproductive rights in migration: politics, values and in/exclusionary practices in assisted reproduction. In: Gender, reproduction, regulation: Gender, intimacy and mobility in the era of hardening borders. Ed. F.Pine, H. Haukanes. Manchester University Press. Forthcoming.


♦ Czerniejewska, I., I. Main (2019). "Projektowanie dziecka w społeczeństwie norweskim. Matki z Polski wobec instytucji przedszkola." Studia migracyjne - Przegląd polonijny 1(171): 131-148. [link]


♦ Turowska, A. (2019). „Mobility as a strategy to cope with change: A case study of the village of Wronka.” Studia migracyjne - Przegląd polonijny 2(172): 63-85.[link]


♦ Erdal, M. B., M. Pawlak (2018). "Reproducing, transforming and contesting gender relations and identities through migration and transnational ties." Gender, Place & Culture 25(6): 882-898. [link]


♦ Main, I., I. Czerniejewska (2017). "Post-accession female mobility between Poland and Norway. New trends and new ways of thinking about migration." Sprawy Narodowościowe 49: 1-18. [link]


♦ Goździak, E., M. Pawlak (2016). "Theorizing Polish migration across Europe: Perspectives, concepts, and methodologies." Sprawy Narodowościowe 48: 106–127. [link]

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