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Department of Urban and Population Studies
Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

The Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences (IGiPZ PAN) is the largest geographical institute in Poland. In August 2001 the institute employed 128 staff members, including 12 professors, 7 associate professors, 22 research associates and 12 research assistants. Research includes, inter alia, the following topics: the changing spatial economic patterns as a consequence of general economic restructuring and privatisation; transformation of urban agglomerations; adaptation and development of transportation infrastructure; spatial consequences of Poland's prospective access to the European Union; internal and international migration in Poland and Central Europe.

The Institute participates in International Research Programs, such as INTERREG II C (The Baltic Manual: Sharing the Expertise in Spatial Planning), INTERREG II C (Urban Systems and Urban Networking in the Baltic Sea Region; Globalisation and Transformations in Central and Eastern European Cities; North European Trade Axis), and PHARE/FIESTA II - PL 9316 (Eastern European Economic activity Area).

The Department of Urban and Population Studies was established in 1956 as a part of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organisation of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Research concerns the urban and regional aspects of social-economic transformation in Poland and East-Central Europe. The particular attention on our research has been devoted to the evolution of urban systems in Poland and in Europe; intra-urban spatial and social structures (spatial segregation and social exclusion); demographic change in cities and urban systems; and regional and international migration.