Przeszłość Demograficzna Polski

Poland's Demographic Past

ISSN: 0079-7189     eISSN: 2719-4345    OAI    DOI: 10.18276/pdp

Editorial Board

Marta Chmiel-Chrzanowska, Secretary of the Editorial Office (University of Szczecin, Poland)

Phd, a researcher in Department of Archeology, University of Szczecin, her interests oscillate around the problems of research on Wielbark Culture, archeology of death and burial and environmental archeology. In her papers she often discusses issues related to the paleodemography of past communities. She is a co-author of such articles as: Problems and prospects of paleodemographic research on the Wielbark Culture on the example of the cemetery in Kowalewko and Useless Stones? The Potential of Lithics in Palaeodemographic Research.

Dariusz K. Chojecki, Editor-in-chief (University of Szczecin, Poland)

Dariusz K. Chojecki, professor at the University of Szczecin. He focuses his scientific interests on the population history of the so-called The Great German East, including Western Pomerania (Provinz Pommern) and Szczecin (Stettin) in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. His research domain is demographic processes considered in the context of social changes taking place in the era of great demographic transformation. In the explanatory narrative, he eagerly combines quantitative and qualitative sources (and methods). Author of the treatise Ludność pruskiej prowincji Pomorze. Przemiany w ruchu naturalnym I migracyjnym w latach 1914-1939 [Population of the Prussian Province of Pomerania. Changes in Vital Events and Migration 1914-1939] and Od społeczeństwa tradycyjnego do nowoczesnego. Demografia i zdrowotność głównych ośrodków miejskich Pomorza Zachodniego w dobie przyśpieszonej industrializacji i urbanizacji w Niemczech (1871–1913) [From Traditional to Modern Society. Demography and Health of Major Urban Centers in Western Pomerania in the Era of Accelerated Industrialization and Urbanization in Germany (1871-1913)]. Co-author of a multi-award-winning, including the Minister of Science and Higher Education, Topodemograficzny atlas gmin i obszarów dworskich Pomorza Zachodniego w 1871 roku [Topodemographic Atlas of the Communes of Western Pomerania in 1871], which has found its continuation in Demografia – społeczeństwo – gospodarka. Atlas gmin Pomorza Zachodniego w 1939 roku [Demography – Society – Economy. Atlas of Western Pomerania Communes in 1939]. From 2003, he was associated with the Section / Team of Historical Demography of the Committee of Demographic Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He took over the function of the editor-in-chief of the Demographic Past of Poland in 2015.


Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux (School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, France) 

Professor emerita, a social historian and historical demographer, promotes History of the Family in comparative, interdisciplinary and gender perspective, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Centre de Recherches Historiques, Paris, France. She is also attached to University of the Western Cape, Statistics and Population Studies Department, Bellville, Republic of South Africa, & Professor Honoris Causa, Babeş-Bolyai University, Department of History, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She was Researcher, Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), Warsaw, invited Professor at University of Montréal, Canada and National University of Salta, Argentina. She was editor-in-chief of the Revue de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Secretary General of the International Commission for Historical Demography, a non-governmental organization. Among her many publications, seventeen books, including an anthology: A Global History of Historical Demography. Half a Century of Interdisciplinarity, Bern/New York, Peter Lang, 2016.

She was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.


Rolf Gehrmann (European-University Viadrina, Germany)

Dr. phil. habil., lecturer of Modern History at the Europa Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), specialized in historical demography, member of the “Arbeitskreis für Historische Demographie”, research in micro- and macro-demography, especially on Germany before 1914, with main interests in factors determining demographic behavior, as for example religious denomination, and demographic statistics of the proto-statistical age.

Cezary Kuklo, Deputy editor-in-chief (University of Bialystok, Poland)

Prof. Cezary Kuklo is the head of the Chair of Socio-Economic History, Demography and Statistics at the Institute of History and Political Sciences of the University of Białystok and the director of the Center for Studies on Demographic and Economic Structures of Premodern Central-Eastern Europe at this University. Since 2000 the chairman of the Team for Historical Demography at the Committee for Demographic Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences, he is also a member of the presidium of the Committee for Demographic Sciences and vice-chairman of the Committee for Historical Sciences of the PAS (since 2016). Vice-president of the Polish Historical Society since September 2015. He is a member of many editorial board of Polish academic journals and scientific councils.

For many years he has dealt with the problem of society and family in preindustrial Europe and been interested in the issues of economy and statistics. He published over 390 papers both in Poland and abroad. Author of the scientific work Demografia Rzeczypospolitej przedrozbiorowej [Demography of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth], DiG, Warszawa 2009.

Radek Lipovski (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic)

Mgr PhD, a researcher at the Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava, Czechia. He specializes in 19th-century historical demography and cultural history. With co-authors Lumír Dokoupil and Ludmila Nesládková he has published the book Populace Rakouského Slezska a severovýchodní Moravy v éře modernizace: (od 60. let 19. století do první světové války) (2014).

Radosław Poniat (University of Bialystok, Poland)

PhD, employee of the University of Bialystok. He specializes in historical demography, history of social structures, and economic history. Author and co-author of publications on domestic servants (the book Służba domowa w miastach na ziemiach polskich od połowy XVIII do końca XIX wieku [Domestic service in cities in Polish lands from the mid-18th century to the end of the 19th century], Warsaw: DiG 2014) and papers on the mobility of Old Polish society, economic inequalities, demographic effects of the epidemic, which appeared in journals such as Nature Ecology & EvolutionEuropean Journal of PopulationThe History of the FamilyHistorical Methods. He is currently in charge of a research grant dedicated to the population of the city of Vilnius in the 18th century.

Mikołaj Szołtysek (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warszawa, Poland)

Dr hab. Mikołaj Szołtysek, Associate Professor Institute of Sociological Sciences Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences The Cardinal Wyszyński University in Warsaw ( Mikołaj Szołtysek was a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Warsaw. He previously worked as at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale (Germany). He is also a former Deputy Head of the Laboratory of Historical  Demography at the MPI for Demographic Research in Rostock (Germany).

In 2015 he earned the Habilitation degree (habilitacja) at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg with a lifetime right of teaching Social and Economic History at German universities. He has a vast international network and is member of several committees, commissions and boards related to demographic history such as the board of the International Commission for Historical Demography (2010- ) and the Scientific Committee of the European Society of Historical Demography (2016- ). He also serves as the Convener for the theme “History” for the European Population Conference.

In 2006-08 he was the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. The research carried out in the UK has resulted in his book “Rethinking East Central Europe: Fam­ily Systems and Co-residence in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth” , published within the series Population, Famille et Société   (Szołtysek 2015). Since then,  he has been involved in developing The Mosaic Project, one of the largest infrastructural projects in historical demography and family sociology in Europe.

Yurii Voloshyn (Scientific Schools of the Poltava V.G. Korolenko National Pedagogical University, Ukraine)

Yurii Voloshyn, Professor of the Department of Ukrainian History, at the Poltava V.G. Korolenko National Pedagogical University (Ukraine). The main focus of research is on the social and demographic history of the Cossack Ukraine (Hetmanate) of the eighteenth century. The latest book which called The City Community of Poltava in the Second Half of the 18th Century is dedicated to demographic processes and daily life in one of the biggest administrative centers of Hetmanate.

Konrad Wnęk (Jagiellonian University, Poland)

Phd with habilitation in the Department of Archival Studies and Quantitative Methods, Institute of History, Jagiellonian University. He completed his Master Degree in 1994, and then he started doctoral studies at the Faculty of History. After obtaining a PhD in 1998, he was employed as an Assistant and then as an Assistant Professor at the Jagiellonian University. He is interested in economic and social history, as well as historical demography of the 19th and 20th centuries, and is a specialist in application of mass methods in historical research. In his work he widely uses quantitative analysis methods and computer data visualization. He also deals with historical geography and the use of GIS systems in historical research. In 2011, he obtained a postdoctoral degree on the basis of the work "Własność nieruchomości w Krakowie w połowie XIX w. Studium nad stałym katastrem galicyjskim".

He is a member of many scientific societies in Poland and abroad, an active member of the Historical Demographic Group of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the European Society of Historical Demography, the Social Science History Association and many others.

Agnieszka Zielińska (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland)

Phd with habilitation in the Institute of History and Archival Studies of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń since 2004. Her interests are focused on the history of the Prussian land, especially West Prussia. She is also interested in issues related to historical demography and socio-economic changes in the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th century. In her articles she describes contemporary demographic processes. Her main publications include: W poszukiwaniu lepszego jutra: procesy migracyjne Torunia w 1. połowie XIX wieku, Toruń 2006; and Przemiany struktur demograficznych w Toruniu w XIX i na początku XX wieku, Toruń 2012. Since 2009, she has been the scientific editor of the "Rocznik Toruński" journal. She is also a member of the editorial board of the "KLIO" journal.

Academic Advisory Board

Jan Berger (Statistics Poland, Poland)

He is an employee of the Central Statistical Office, archivist and historian. His research focuses on the development of statistics in the Kingdom of Poland in the second half of the nineteenth century. In a number of works, he discusses issues related to old censuses and focuses on the institutional framework of the functioning of statistical services. He is a co-editor of the GUS publishing series, Historia Polski w liczbach. Author of biograms of Polish statisticians. For years he has been cooperating with "Statistical News".

Ewa Frątczak (Warsaw School of Economics, Poland)

She is a professor at the Warsaw School of Economics. She manages the Department of Analysis of the History of Events and Multilevel Studies. She deals with statistics and demographics, longitudinal analyzes, advanced statistical models, theory and practice of cross-sectional, retrospective and prospective studies. Author of numerous publications functioning in the Polish and foreign scientific circulation, including 30 monographs and edited works. A member of multiple international societies. From 2013, she is a part of Editorial Board of a Statistical Associates Publishers. In the years 2006-2011 she took part in the Governing Committee and the Executive Committee in the project “RECWOWE – Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe – Network of Excellence” - implemented in the 6th Framework Program, managing the work of the Polish research team. For two terms she chaired the Demographic Sciences Committee and served as the secretary of the Government Population Council. From 2013 strongly involved in organization of international conferences in the Warsaw School of Economics. She is a propagator of knowledge about advanced statistical analyzes, including data mining.

Radosław Gaziński (Univercity of Szczecin, Poland)

Professor Radosław Gaziński works at the Institute of History of the University of Szczecin. His field of research is the socio-economic history of early modern period Pomerania, including land and sea trade as well as maritime transport in the waters of the Baltic and the North Sea. In addition, he studies archival science, especially the history of archives and archival complexes in Pomerania and the Kingdom of Prussia. He also explores the problems of the Pomeranian Chancellery in the early modern period. Moreover he undertakes research on the Pomeranian society, especially the burghers, city and princely officials, and the community of French Huguenots in Szczecin.

Marek Górny (University of Wrocław, Poland)

Irena E. Kotowska (Warsaw School of Economics, Poland)

Irena Elżbieta Kotowska - Professor of Demography at the Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics. Main fields of publications: population and economy; fertility, family, gender and the labour market; population ageing; demographic projections; population-related policy, social policy. Chair of the Committee on Demographic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (2011-2019), a member of the Editorial Committee of Studia Demograficzne, a member of several national level bodies: the Scientific Council on Statistics of the Central Statistical Office, the Government Population Council, the Interdisciplinary Council for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Advisory Board for the Foundation for Polish Science (2008-2016), and a vice-chair of the Advisory Board (2012-2016). She served as a national expert for the Council of Europe, OECD and the European Commission. In the 2008-2012 she was a representative of Poland to the FP7 Social Sciences and Humanities Programme Committee. She was a member of the Expert Group on Social Investment for Growth and Cohesion (2012-2013) and the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for European Research Infrastructure (2017-2018), European Commission. Currently, she is working as an expert for the Population Europe (since 2010). She is the country-level coordinator of the Generations and Gender Programme (GGP), the international research programme on causes and consequences of family dynamics, gender and intergenerational relationships, and a member of the GGP Consortium Board.

Krzysztof Mikulski, chairman (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland)

Professor Krzysztof Mikulski works at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, He is  the president of the Polish Historical Society, vice-chairman of the Historical Sciences Committee at the Polish Academy of Sciences. His scientific interests include the history of the Teutonic Order from the 13th to the 15th century and Polish lands during the existence of the First Polish Republic, with particular emphasis on Royal Prussia. Major works: Osadnictwo wiejskie województwa pomorskiego od połowy XVI do końca XVII w. (Toruń 1994), Przestrzeń i społeczeństwo Torunia od końca XIV do początku XVIII wieku (Toruń 1999), Pułapka niemożności. Społeczeństwo nowożytnego miasta wobec procesów modernizacyjnych (na przykładzie Torunia w XVII i XVIII wieku), (Toruń 2004), Tarcze herbowe z kościoła mariackiego w Toruniu (Warszawa 2015), Mikołaj Kopernik. Środowisko społeczne, pochodzenie i młodość (Toruń 2015). He is also a co-author (along with Jacek Wijaczka) of the Historia powszechna. Wiek XVI-XVIII (PWN, Warszawa 2012). He compiled lists of civil servants of Royal Prussia from the 15th to the 18th century, Kujawy and Dobrzyń region (together with Wojciech Stanek) and Livonia (together with Andrzej Rachuba). He is also a co-author of several source editions, concerning the treasury of Toruń in the Middle Ages, the overview of the Sieradz Voivodship in 1765, book of the City Council of Nowe nad Wisłą in the 15th-16th centuries.


Ludmila Nesládková (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic)

Associate professor at the Department of History at University of Ostrava, Faculty of Arts. Her attention has focused on historical demographic research of demographic transition and urbanization in the Central European macroregion in the era of modernization, as well as on some selected problems of the history of Jews in the Czech lands, particularly with respect to the Moravian region from the 18th century till the end of 1930s. A member of a team, which was dealing with the reconstruction of the demographic development of the Czech lands in long time ranges from 17th-19th century. The project was involved in international comparative research of historical populations in Europe, initiated by the French National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) and the International Union of Scientific Research on Population (IUSSP). Currently, doc. Nesládková deals with the historical-demographical research of Northern Moravia and Austrian/Czech Silesia in the context of the majority and marginal populations and from the point of view of the overhangs into the field of historical anthropology and ethnology. She is an author of hundreds of studies and a member of the Editorial Board of Historical Demography, which is issued by Faculty of Humanities at Charles University and the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague.

Marek Okólski (University of Warsaw and Lazarski University, Poland)

Marek Okólski, Ph.D. in economics. Professor and Chair of International Economics, Lazarski University. Between 1993-2016 Director of the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw. Also Chairman of the Committee for Migration Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences and Member of the Government Population Council. Major area of study: the relationship between demographic process and social change. Recent publications: "Diverse, fragile and fragmented: the new map of European migration", Central and Eastern European Migration Review, on-line first, 27 September 2018 (co-author R. King), Wyzwania starzejącego się społeczeństwa, Wydawnictwa UW, 2018 (editor and co-author), "Polish emigration to the UK after 2004, why did so many come?", Central and Eastern European Migration Review, 2(3), 2014 (co-author J. Salt), Demografia. Współczesne zjawiska i teorie. Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar, 2012 (co-author: A. Fihel); European Immigrations: Trends, Structures and Policy Implications, Amsterdam University Press, 2012 (editor and co-author), "Modernising impacts of emigration", Studia Socjologiczne, 3(206), 2012. In 2007-2009 coordinated an international research project within the 6th European Commission Framework Programme on Mediterranean and Eastern European Countries as New Immigration Destinations in the European Union, and in 2013-2018 a National Centre of Science “Maestro” project on Unfinished Migration Transition and Population Ageing in Poland.

Dominik Rozkrut (Statistics Poland, University of Szczecin, Poland)

Dominik Rozkrut (PhD) – President of Statistics Poland. Having graduated from School of Economics and Management at the University of Szczecin (Poland), he holds a PhD in economics, statistics, econometrics and time series analysis since 2003. Researcher at the University of Szczecin. In 2008 – 2016 he worked as Director of Statistical Office in Szczecin where he conducted surveys on science, technology and innovations, information society as well as transport and communication. Approximately one hundred scientific publications of Dr D. Rozkrut add up to his considerable academic achievements. He is also author and co-author of numerous scientific elaborations. As a member of several intergovernmental working groups, he successfully manages statistical cooperation with international organizations in Europe and world-wide, leading works on various fields. He represents Polish official statistics in the high-level meetings within the statistical systems of various international organizations. In his capacity of Statistics Poland’s President, he presents Poland’s national position at European Statistical System Committee (ESSC), Conference of European Statisticians of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (CES UNECE), United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) as well as in the Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (CSSP OECD). Mr. Dominik Rozkrut has also been elected as a member of executive or advisory bodies setting strategic work directions of the mentioned international organizations. Moreover, Mr. Dominik Rozkrut is a member of the Editorial Committee of the ESS Report – a yearly publication on the achievements of the European Statistical System.

Krzysztof Zamorski (Jagiellonian Univeristy, Poland)

Professor of Modern History at the Institute of History of the Jagiellonian University and Head of the Department of History of Historiography and Methodology of History. Since 1997 he has co-edited with Professor Maciej Salomon the journal Historyka: Historyka. Studia Metodologiczne [Methodological Studies in History]. Professor Zamorski’s research specialism is in the theory of history, especially the ontology of history. He also has interests in historical demography, as well as social and economic history of Poland from the 18th to 20th century. His most important publications include: "Dziwna rzeczywistość: wprowadzenie do ontologii historii" (2008) [Strange Reality: Introduction to the History of Ontology]; "Transformacja demograficzna w Galicji na tle przemian ludnościowych Europy środkowej w drugiej połowie XIX i na początku XX wieku" (1991) [Demographic Transformation in Galicia against the Background of Population Changes in Central Europe in the Second Half of the 19th and at the Beginning of the 20th century] (1991); "Oral History. Challenges of Dialogue" (co-edited with Marta Kurkowska Budzan, 2009). Author of many scientific articles. In the years 1993-2003, he was Director of the Jagiellonian Library. He is a member of the board of Polish Historical Society. Currently (since 2013) he is President of the Krakow Branch of the Polish Historical Society.


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