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Dr Urszula Markowska-Manista


Assistant professor and field researcher in the area of childhood studies and children's rights in sensitive contexts, University of Warsaw, Poland



Dr Urszula Markowska-Manista - she conducts field research on migation and education in culturally diverse environments, childhood and youth studies in the field of children's rights. She was director (FU Berlin 2016) and co-director (2017-2021 FH Potsdam) of the international MA Childhood Studies and Children's Rights (MACR) programme and is an assistant professor at the University of Warsaw (Faculty of Education). Markowska-Manista has conducted ethnographic research on children's rights in education in different contexts (Horn of Africa Central Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, South Caucasus). Her work draws on inclusive and participatory approaches, indigeneous and decolonial methodologies, ethical symmetry and the children's rights pedagogy of Janusz Korczak.



  1. K. Górak-Sosnowska & U. Markowska-Manista (eds.), Non-Inclusive Education in Central and Eastern Europe: Comparative Studies of Teaching Ethnicity, Religion and Gender, London, Bloomsbury 2022;
  2. R. Budde & U. Markowska-Manista (Eds). (2020): Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights Between Research and Activism. Honouring the Work of Manfred Liebel, Springer, Wiesbaden, DOI 10.1007/978-3-658-29180-8;
  3. U.Markowska-Manista, (2018). The ethical dilemmas of research with children from the countries of the Global South. Whose participation? Polish Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. I (LXXI), pp. 51-65, DOI: 10.2478/poljes-2018-0005;
  4. U.Markowska-Manista, A.Odrowąż-Coates, Special Issue: Children's Rights and Childhood Studies, Society Register 5(2) 2021,;
  5. U. Markowska-Manista, O. Koshulko (2021): Children and Childhood on the Borderland of Desired Peace and Undesired War - A Case of Ukraine. In: J. M. Beier & J. Tabak (Eds.), Childhood in Peace and Conflict, Palgrave Macmillan, New York;
  6. U.Markowska-Manista, Research “about” and “with” children from diverse cultural backgrounds in Poland – dilemmas and ethical challenges, Edukacja Międzykulturowa, 1(14), pp. 233-244, DOI: 10.15804/em.2021.01.14;
  7. U. Markowska-Manista (2019): ‘Bad Children’ – International stigmatisation of children trained to kill during war and armed conflict. In: N. von Benzon, C. Wilkinson (Eds.), Intersectionality and Difference in Childhood and Youth. Global Perspectives, 1st Edition, Routledge the Taylor & Francis Group, London & New York, pp. 61-75. DOI: 10.4324/9780429466588;
  8. Markowska-Manista, U., & Górak-Sosnowska, K. (2022). Tackling sensitive and controversial topics in social research - sensitivity of the field. Society Register, 6(2), 7-16. 


Childhoods in Sensitive Contexts; Human Rights of Children with Migration Bacground; Participatory Research with Children and Youth; Participatory Approaches and Ethical Issues in Research; Children's Rights in Education, Education in Culturally Diversified Environments
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