Rising to the Challenge? The State of the Art and Future Research Directions of Polish Environmental Sociology
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Jagiellonian University
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
Poznań University of Life Sciences
Jabiellonian University
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences
Submission date: 2022-08-31
Acceptance date: 2022-11-28
Publication date: 2023-03-20
Polish Sociological Review 2023;221(1):27–46
Environmental sociology has been developing since the 1970s; however, it only recently became institutionalized in Poland with the establishment of a respective section in the Polish Sociological Association. We argue that environmental sociology in Poland and the broader area of Central and Eastern Europe has made an important contribution to international research on relations between humanity and nature in the Anthropocene. This paper presents the current state of the art in Polish environmental sociology and discusses future research questions. Our contribution is based on a literature review and the results of a workshop with Polish environmental sociologists. Future research areas discussed in this paper emerge from the following five main thematic domains: (I) social aspects of nature conservation; (II) environmental groups and movements; (III) sustainable development and the participation of local communities in rural and urban areas; (IV) environmental risks and threats and (V) and energy and society.
The authors would like to thank all the participants of the workshop on Polish environmental sociology, which was organized in April 2020 by the Environmental Sociology Section of the Polish Sociological Association, for their contribution to the discussion and for inspiring us to develop our conclusions into this paper.
The publication was supported by the Priority Research Area Society of the Future under the program “Excellence Initiative—Research University” at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.
The authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.