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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 Inequalities, Computational Social Sciences, Mobilities, Urban Sociology

Methods: Statistical Modeling, Spatial Econometrics and Statistics, Survey Research, Social Data Science

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.

Academic background

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.

Modules taught

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

QS906 Big Data Research: Hype or Revolution? (the Q-Step Centre and CIM module)

IM939 Data Science Across Disciplines (CIM module)

IM927 Digital Cities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (CIM module)

PO91Q Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods (the Q-Step Centre module)

IM906 Dissertation - supervision of MSc students

Research Grants

2022 Ethnic inequalities in cycling - advocacy and policy in London, Institute of Advanced Study,
University of Warwick (Postdoctoral, PI) Read moreLink opens in a new window

2019-2021 Regional inequalities in access to public transportation and cycling, London (Postdoctoral, PI)

2016-2017 Consumer mobilites, Lancaster University (PhD, PI)

2016 Consumption space - a meta-analysis of spatial research studies, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland, (PhD, £3,000, PI)

2015 American “dead malls” - a case study of Buffalo, University at Buffalo, New York, USA (PhD, PI)

Selected publications

Bednarowska-Michaiel, Z. (2023). Ethnic inequalities in cycling to work in London - mobilities injustice and regional approach. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 10(1), 475–488. 

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 in 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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