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Iga Kołodyńska


Principal Investigator

Iga Kołodyńska holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture with focus on landscape protection from the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences. With her work experience as a research assistant at the Institute of Spatial Management at the same university, she has gained the insight about the need to incorporate landscape management in spatial planning. During internships at research group PlanSmart and Aalto University she explored computational and participatory approaches towards landscape evaluation and management. Her research focuses on context sensitive and citizens-centered landscape studies. Her research interest include citizens perception of landscape, landscape changes, the values that people assign to landscape and proenvironmental behaviour.


Principal Investigator

Sarah Gottwald is affiliated with the Social-Ecological Systems Institute at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. Her research focuses on people-place relations, including the assessment of cognitive, emotional and behavioral dimensions of such relations. Her research is contextually situated within sustainable development of river landscapes and border regions. She develops, uses, and combines participatory mapping methods, such as Public Participation Geographic Information Systems (PPGIS) survey and Geodesign workshops. Her research aims at integrating subjective and non-tangible values of “place” into spatial planning practices, and enhancing public participation approaches, for example in planning of nature-based solutions. She has experiences in transdisciplinary research, and a background in Geography and Environmental Planning.

Sarah Gottwald
Marika Diduszko


Student Assistant


Student Assistant

Wiktoria Morawska is a sociologist and researcher of synagogue architecture in the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). She specializes in researching social inequalities (especially in the promotion and position of women) and in synagogues as places of non-memory.
Wiktoria has worked in NCN research projects devoted to mobility and attachment to place. For her work, she has received several MEiN research grants: Perły Nauki (2023), Najlepsi z Najlepszych (2021).
She is also active in the field of applied social sciences where she is supporting research in revitalization processes in Wrocław and initiates and coordinates social projects.

Wiktoria Morawska


Student Assistant

Valentin Lorenz is currently studying Environmental Studies and Spatial Science at Leuphana University. The focus of his studies are socio-ecological systems and geographical information systems. He supports the team through analysis of the participatory mapping survey and other GIS data and in the implementation of the focus groups.


Student Assistant

Jukka Kilgus is currently studying Environmental and Sustainability Science at Leuphana University in Germany. His studies focus in particular on Social-Ecological-Systems and Ecological Economics. Apart from that, he has gained professional experience during an internship in Environmental Consulting. He assists the team in the coordination of the Focus Groups as well as in website and social media work.

Jukka Kilgus
Karolina Polak


Student Assistant

Karolina Polak is a sociologist working at the research agency as a researcher and coordinator of both quantitative and qualitative projects. She holds a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Wrocław. She has participated in research projects of the National Science Centre and in the UMF project “Places of Memory and Forgetting”.