Joanna Cent, PhD

I am a sociologist and an Assistant Lecturer at the Institute of Environmental Sciences of the Jagiellonian University, where I conduct projects regarding the functioning of nature conservation programmes. In 2014 I defended my PhD thesis on socio-ecological conflicts in the context of sustainable development policies. My thesis was supervised by prof. Jarosław Górniak in the Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University, within Centre for Evaluation and Analysis of Public Policies. I teach classes in environmental policy, ecological education, economic foundation of environmental protection, as well as research methods for analyzing relationship of the environment, society and the economy.

I am fascinated by nature conservation as a field of activity for the state and citizens, where choices and decisions are taken to make a difference in both human quality of life and the preservation of ecosystems. I combine my research interests with personal involvement in taking care of the environment and the belief in the major significance of socio-ecological problems in today’s world. I find deep satisfaction in working with interdisciplinary research teams, cooperation with public administration and non-governmental organisations, as in inspiring discussion with my students.