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Zofia Bednarowska-Michaiel (Teaching Fellow)

Zofia Bednarowska-Michaiel

I am a Teaching Fellow in Computational Social Sciences in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
and the Warwick Q-Step Centre.

Research profile

Research Areas: Regional and Spatial Inequalities, Computational Social Sciences, Mobilities, Urban Sociology, Consumer Behaviour

Methods: Statistical Modeling, Spatial Econometrics and Statistics, Survey Research

Academic background

My research connects the asymmetries of regional development with social and mobility inequalities. Drawing from the new mobilities paradigm, I bring the concept of mobility into regional and urban studies. My PhD aimed to explain dead malls and spatial discrimination in retail. Using concepts from across the fields (economics, geography, sociology, regional studies) and mixed-methods I built a comprehensive spatial regression model. The model highlighted role of mobilities, spatial inequalities and social exclusion in a seemingly purely economic problem.

My most recent project explores the intersection of spatial inequalities and mobilities injustice. My work engages with how motility affects potential to sustainable commuting. My research proves a neighbourhood effect that reinforces spatial discrimination in cycling to work in London.

Before joining CIM I worked in the Centre for Evaluation and Analysis of Public Policies (CEAPP) and Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe).

I have a PhD in Sociology in the area of Computational Social Sciences. My PhD was spanned across two sociology departments: the Lancaster University and the Jagiellonian University. I conducted fieldwork during my research stay at the University of Buffalo. I have two master’s degrees: in Political Science and Sociology - Social Research and Data Analysis from the Jagiellonian University. I have also BA in Interfaculty Studies in Humanities.

I completed two summer schools in statistics - GEOSTAT Summer School at the University of Castilla-La Mancha
and Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis at the University of Essex. I studied a semester at the Universitat de Barcelona and completed my PhD research project at the The State University of New York at Buffalo.

I am a member of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA), The Regional Studies Association (RSA)
and Global Mobilities Network.


SO9D6-20 Social Data Science (the Q-Step Centre module)

QS906 Big Data Research: Hype or Revolution?

IM939 Data Science Across Disciplines

IM906 Dissertation - supervision of MSc students

Selected publications

Bednarowska, Zofia, O'Brien, Jamie. (2019). Relating Movement to Information in Consumer Mobilities, Using Space Syntax. In C. Lassen, O. B. Jensen, I. S. Gotzsche Lange (Eds.), Material mobilities, pp. 59-76. London: Routledge.

Bednarowska, Zofia. (2018). The Consumption Space Paradox: Over-Retailed Areas next to Dead Malls,
Acta Universitatis Lodziensis. Folia Oeconomica, 5(338), pp. 21-40.

Bednarowska, Zofia. Chrzanowski, Michał. (2017). Competences as a Core Factor Impacting Market Research Usage: State of Market Research Industry in Poland in: Batko, R., & Szopa, A. (Eds.). Strategic Imperatives and Core Competencies in the Era of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Hershey: IGI Global

Bednarowska, Zofia. (2015). A spatial regression model of retail chains development in Poland, Econometrics=Ekonometria, 3(49), pp. 45–54.

Bednarowska, Zofia. (2015). Desk research - exploiting the potential of secondary data in market and social research. Marketing i Rynek, 7, 18-26.


Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

University of Warwick

Coventry CV4 7AL

Email: Zofia dot Bednarowska-Michaiel at warwick dot ac dot uk

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