The Nature Conservation and Environmental Education Research Team

Institute of Environmental Sciences

Jagiellonian University

Małgorzata Grodzińska-Jurczak, Assoc.Prof.
Nature Conservation and Environmental Education Research Team
Institute of Environmental Sciences
Jagiellonian University
Gronostajowa 7
30-387 Krakow, Poland
e-mail: m.grodzinska-jurczak @uj.edu.pl
ph.: (+48-12) 664 52 02
fax.: (+48-12) 664 69 12
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Małgorzata Grodzińska-Jurczak, Assoc. Prof.

Research interests

Human dimension of natural resources, human-nature conflicts’ resolving in protected areas, Natura 2000 implementation (communication, awareness raising), environmental awareness of public, public participation in waste management, environmental education in formal and non-formal system, PR on waste management issues with local authorities and general public, public participation in recycling.

Professional Experience

  • 2005- to date - Associate Prof. and Head of Nature Protection, Widlife Management and Environmental Education Research Team, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.
  • 2000-to date - Institutional Coordinator of EU Students’ Exchange Program – ERASMUS, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland.
  • 2005-to date - Consultant to the Polish boroughs on educational and information campaigns and programmes
  • 2009-to date - Certified trainer (4th level of the European Qualitative System)
  • 1996-2005 - Senior Lecturer and Vice-Head of Environmental Education Research Team, Institute of Environmental Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.
  • 2003 - to date Ministerial Expert on school environmental and nature curricula at the Polish Ministry of Education.
  • 1996 CH2Mhill Krakow, Poland - Consultant of projects on environmental education.
  • 1994-96 US-AID Local Environmental Management Project Krakow, Poland consultant, co-ordinator of School Environmental Exchange Program Trainer (facilitator) of Organization & Management, Water & Wastewater Management, Public Information courses.
  • consultant to educational and information projects/campaigns, a Member of Consultation Committee of Voivodship Environmental Protection Fund, Kraków

Membership of scientific organisations/commitees

  • The International Association of Public Participation,
  • The International Association for Society and Natural Resources,
  • Towarzystwo Przyrodników im. M. Kopernika – Kierownik Sekcji Dydaktyków Biologii,
  • European Early Childhood Education Research Association,
  • NAAEE - North American Association for Environmental Education,
  • auDes - Association of University Departments of Environmental Sciences in Europe,
  • ESSENCE – Network of Environmental Sciences,
  • European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists - Polish Division,

Editorial Boards

  • Subject Editor for Education w Editorial Board Nature Conservation (2011– up to now)
  • Member of Editorial Board Diversity (2009-2011)
  • Member of Editorial Board International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education (2004-2008)
  • Member of Advisory Board of "Biologia w Szkole" (2002-to date)
  • Member of Advisory Board of „Edukacja Biologiczna i Środowiskowa” (2011- up to now)
  • Member of Advisory Board of The chlildren’s University of Małopolska (2009- up to now)
  • Member of Advisory Board of Advisory Board of International Conference “Integrating
  • Human Dimensions into Fisheries and Wildlife Management”, Colorado, USA, October 2008
  • Member of Socio-Scientific Committee 5th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) 2009, Montreal

Project experience

  • Improvement of the municipal waste management in Jordanów City – Project of Małopolska Fund of Environmental Protection and Water Management in Kraków, 2009.
  • Selective selection of municipal waste in Podkapracie boroughs - Project of Podkarpacie Fund of Environmental Protection and Water Management in Rzeszów, 2009.
  • SCALES - Securing the Conservation of biodiversity cross Administrative Levels and spatial, temporal and Ecological Scales. 7 EU – co-ordinator of the Polish Research Team, member of Advisory Board and Steering Committee (2009-2013).
  • Protection effectiveness of Natura 2000 & social aspects od program implementation in Poland. Polish Ministry of Science grant (N305 094 32/3185), 2007-2010 – co-ordinator.
  • NATURA 2000 in Carpathians. Optimization of the use of the resources of the Natura 2000 network for sustainable development in the Carpathians. Norwegian Financial Mechanism (PL0108), 2007-2011 – co-ordinator of workpackage.
  • 6 EU Framework – EUMON - EU-wide monitoring methods and systems of surveillance for species and habitats of Community interest – co-ordinatorof Polish research group.
  • EU Centre of Excellence – co-ordinator of 2 workpackages ("Promotion of rational waste management" and "Environmental Education") - 2002-2005.
  • How to protect the Raba Watershed? – educational programme on rational water management – in the Raba Watershed municipalities - 2003-2004 – co-ordinator of the project.
  • ERASMUS Programme - The European Masters Programme in Environmental Education - 2003-2004 – co-worker of the project.
  • Environmental awareness of students and teachers in Poland – Polish Committee of Sciences 2002-2004 – co-ordinator of the project.
  • Development of the educational materials on the municipal solid waste management for K-12 students – Polish Foundation of Environmental Protection – 2002 – co-ordinator of the project.
  • Development of curricula on environment of Malopolska county – Malopolska Foundation of Environmental Protection - 2001 – co-worker of the project.
  • Increasing public participation in sustainable municipal solid waste management - promotional and educational campaign in Jaslo City (Poland) - Jaslo City Project - 2000 - 2005 (up date) – co-worker of the project.
  • Environmental problems perception by kindergarten children - Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland - 2000-2001 - project co-ordinator.
  • Education - teacher training - Socrates Exchange Programme - Higher Education - Bilateral agreement for 2000-2001 - project co-ordinator.
  • Environmental Public awareness in various regions of Poland - British Council – 1999-2001 - project co-ordinator.
  • Environmental public awareness (mainly toward municipal solid waste) in Malopolska and Podkarpacie regions – Jagiellonian University Project - co-ordinator - 1999-2000.
  • Nature Teacher - Postgraduate Studies Programme – Ministry of Education Project – 1999.
  • Elaboration and development of educational materials for Nature teachers and University students - Batory Foundation Project 1997-98 -co-ordinator.
  • Kraków agglommeration and highways effect on forest ecosystems - Jagiellonian Univerity Project - 1997
  • Estimation of conifer damage caused by air pollution (NO2 and SO2) in various regions of Poland.
  • Focus on Neighborhood - Co-ordinator of American and Polish school exchange programme, US-AID Local Environmental Management Project - 1993-1994 – project co-ordinator.
  • Chemistry of atmospheric precipitation in Polish Tatra Mountains - grant Central European University, Budapeszt, Węgry - 1992-1994 – project co-ordinator.
  • Acid rain effect on Tatra Mnts. environment – the Polish Ministry of Sciences - 1992-1994 – project co-ordinator.

University Teaching

  • „Ecological Education” – lectures for students of Biology and Environmental Protection faculties.
  • Nature protection policy, M.Sc. seminar
  • Tutoring of B.Sc. and M.Sc. thesis of Polish and Swedish (under SOCRATES Programme) students

Referee to:

  • Biologia w Szkole, Biodiversity and Conservation, Journal of Environmental Management, Waste Management, Waste Management Research, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Collegium Antropologicum, International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education; conference presentations at North American Association of Environmental Education.
  • Academic and school curricula,
  • Research projects at the Polish Ministry of Science,
  • Referee to the EOG projects.

Other activities:

  • Lectures on ecological and environmental education for elementary and high school students.
  • Co-operation with the City Council of Krakow and Jaslo, Poland on ecological education of the citizens.
  • Co-operation with the Ministry of Education on elaboration of intersubjects path definition.
  • Co-operation with Nature teachers on improvement of educational programs and curricula.

Recent publications

  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M. 2000. Management of industrial and municipal solid wastes in Poland. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 32/2, 85-103.
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M. and Bartosiewicz A. 2001. The RECAL Foundation Programme, an example of ecological education in Poland. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 34/1, 19-31.
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M., Tarabuła M., Read A. 2003. Increasing participation in rational municipal waste management - a case study analysis in Jaslo City (Poland), Resources, Conservation and Recycling 38/1, 67-88.
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M. 2003. The relation between education, knowledge and action for better waste management in Poland. Waste Management & Research WMR 21, 2-18.
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M, Bartosiewicz A., Twardowska A. and Roy Ballantyne. 2004. Evaluating the impact of a school waste education programme upon students, parents' and teachers' environmental knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education 12, 2-15.
  • Palmer J.A., Grodzińska-Jurczak M. and Suggate J. 2004. Thinking about Waste: development of English and Polish Children's understanding of concepts related to Waste Management. European Early Childhood Education Research Association Journal 11, 2, 117-139.
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M., Żakowska H. and Read A. 2004. The Management of Packaging Waste in Poland - The Development Agenda and Accession to the EU. Waste Management & Research 22-2:108-114.
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M. 2004. Environmental Education in Poland - Its Present Status. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education 13 (3), 251-257.
  • 8.Grodzińska-Jurczak M., A. Szczęśniak, G. Bryda. 2004. Children’s Understanding of Waste Management Concepts and Issues. In: International Perspectives in Environmental Education. W.L. Filho & M. Littledyke (Ed.). Peter Land Europaischer Verlag der Wissenchaften, Frankfurt, 69-83.
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M. 2004. Environmental Education in Poland - Its Present Status. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education 13 (3), 251-257.
  • 1Buchcic E. and Grodzińska-Jurczak M. 2004. Environmental education In Polish primary schools. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education 13(3), 264-268.
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M. 2006. Cultural issues and environmental protection in the new Poland. 2006. In: Cultural Issues of Our Time. John Lidstone (Ed.). Cambridge University Press, England and Australia.
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M., Tomal P., Tarabuła-Fiertak M., Nieszporek K., Read A.D. 2006. Effects of an educational campaign on public environmental attitudes and behaviour in Poland. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 46, 182-197
  • Stępska A., Grodzińska-Jurczak M., Nieszporek K. 2006. Perception of environmental problems among kindergarten children in Poland. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education 15 (1).
  • Cent J., Kobierska H., Grodzińska-Jurczak M., Bell. S. 2007. Who is responsible for Natura 2000 in Poland? – a potential role of NGOs in establishing the program. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 6, 4, 422-435.
  • Cent J., Kobierska H., Grodzińska-Jurczak M. 2007. Rola organizacji pozarządowych (NGO) w realizacji programu NATURA 2000 w Polsce. Człowiek i Środowisko 3,4 (in print).
  • Tarabuła-Fiertak M., Grodzińska-Jurczak M., Bolanowska M., Śmiłek E. 2007. Program informacyjno-edukacyjny gospodarki wodno-ściekowej, a postawy mieszkańców gmin dorzecza górnej Raby. Problemy Ekologii 5, 243-248.
  • Kobierska H., Tarabuła-Fiertak M., Grodzińska-Jurczak M. 2007. Attitudes to environmental education in Poland. Journal of Biological Education 42, 2, 12-18
  • Kubala J., Grodzińska-Jurczak M.; Cichoń M. , Nieszporek K. 2008. Motivations for Organic Farming among Farmers from Malopolska Province, Poland. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 7, 3.
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M. 2008. Rethinking of nature conservation policy in Poland - the need of human dimension approach. Human Dimensions of Wildlife. 13, 5.
  • Bell S., Marzano M., Cent J., Kobierska H., Podjed D., Vandzinskaite D., Reinert H., Armaitiene A., Grodzinska-Jurczak M., Mursic R. 2008. What counts? Volunteers and their organizations in the recording and monitoring of biodiversity. Biodiversity and Conservation 17 (14), pp. 3443-3454.
  • Pietrzyk A., Grodzińska-Jurczak M., Cent J. 2009. Potrzeby edukacyjne społeczności lokalnych w wybranych gminach polskich Krapat w związku z wdrażaniem programu Natura 2000. Educational needs concerning Natura 2000 program among local residents of the Polish Carpathians’ municipalities. Chrońmy Przyrodę Ojczystą 65 (6), 407-414.
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M., Gajuś-Lankamer E., Wójcik A., Pietrzyk A. 2010. Potrzeby i warunki edukacji na rzecz zrównoważonego rozwoju w Polsce. Education for sustainable development in Poland – current needs and state. Problemy Ekorozwoju (Problems of Sustainable Development) 5, 2, 95-105.
  • Vandzinskaitė D., H. Kobierska, D. S. Schmeller, M. Grodzińska-Jurczak. 2010. Cultural diversity issues in biodiversity monitoring – cases of Lithuania, Poland and Denmark. Diversity 2, 1130-1145.
  • Henle K., Kunin W., Schweiger O., Schmeller D., Grobelnik V., Matsinos Y., Pantis J., Penev L., Potts S., Ring J., Similä Y., Tzanopoulos J., van den Hove S., Baguette M., Clober J., Excoffier L., Grodzinska-Jurczak M., Lengyel Sz., Marty P., Moilanen A., Porcher E., Steinicke H., Storch D., Steffan-Dewenter I., Sykes M.T., Zobel M., Settele J. 2010. Securing the Conservation of biodiversity across Administrative Levels and spatial, temporal, and Ecological Scales – research needs and approaches of the SCALES Project. GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 19/3: 187-193.
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M. i Cent J. 2010. Udział społeczny szansą dla realizacji programu Natura 2000 w Polsce. Public participatory approach - a chance for Natura 2000 implementation in Poland. 2010. Chrońmy Przyr. Ojcz. 66 (5): 341-352.
  • Cent J., Grodzińska-Jurczak M., Nowak N. 2010. Ocena efektów małopolskiego programu konsultacji społecznych wokół obszarów Natura 2000. Public consultation programme Natura 2000 sites in Małopolska - effects' evaluation. Chrońmy Przyr. Ojcz. 66 (4): 251-260
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M. i Cent J. 2011. Expansion of Nature Conservation Areas: Problems with Natura 2000 Implementation in Poland? Environmental Management 47, 11-27. (20 pkt)
  • Bell S., Reinert H., Cent J., Kobierska H., Grodzińska-Jurczak M., Podjed D., Vandzinskaite D. 2011. Volunteers on the political anvil: Citizenship and volunteer biodiversity monitoring in three postcommunist countries. Environmental Planning C – Government and Policy 29, 170-185. (27 pkt)
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M., Tarabuła-Fiertak M., Pietrzyk A. 2011. Próby rozwiązywania problemów w gospodarce odpadami komunalnymi Edukacja Biologiczna i Środowiskowa 2, 38, 5-13. (2 pkt)
  • Nieszporek K., Tarabuła-Fiertak M., Grodzińska-Jurczak M., Ochwat-Marcinkiewicz M. 2011. Completion of environmental education by using e-learning. Chrońmy Przyr. Ojcz. 67 (5): 391–398.
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M., Cent J. 2011. Can public participation increase nature conservation effectiveness? Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 24(3): 307-314.
  • Paloniemi, R., Apostolopoulou, E., Potts S.G., Primmer, E., Marty, P., Tzanopoulos, J., Kettunen, M., van den Hove, S., Ring, I, Henle, K., Grodzinska-Jurczak, M., McConville, A., Similä, J. Biodiversity conservation across scales: lessons from a science-policy dialogue. Land Use Policy (w druku). (32 pkt)
  • Grodzińska-Jurczak M., Pietrzyk A., Tarabuła-Fiertak M. Czy można efektywnie gospodarować odpadami komunalnymi bez włączania w to ludności? Roczniki Warszawskie
Krakow, 2013