Science changes the World – a series of presentations of the scientific achievements of WSB University employees who, with their knowledge, change the world.
Prof. Jolita Vveinhardt
Prof. Jolita Vveinhardt is a researcher in workplace mobbing, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and social relationships networks in private and public sector organizations of post-communist countries, editor and author of scientific monographs.
The instruments she develops enable the identification and resolution of hidden crises of leadership, value congruence and employee interrelationships, which arise when companies implement CSR initiatives. By using them, enterprises have a possibility to improve internal processes, which create a healthy, productive work environment and increase employee involvement in socially responsible activities, without additional costs.
Associate Professor Robert Socha, PhD
Associate Professor Robert Socha, PhD – Director of the Center for Cross-Border Security Research, devotes his scientific work to the use of drones in the area of security.
For several years, increased interest in unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, can be observed. The Police, the State Fire Service and other entities that care for our safety on a daily basis are increasingly turning to the expanding offer of new unmanned solutions. It is certain that the array of the main functions of drones for our safety will continue to expand.
Robert Socha, PhD is the initiator of numerous research projects with the participation of WSB University students, for example „Police in Poland and Portugal – mission, tasks, and organization” project on the functioning of the police in Poland and Portugal, which was initiated with the participation of WSB University student Wiktoria Kolano (President of the Scientific Safety Association in Cieszyn). The research assessed the impact of police operations on the security of citizens of both countries by means of interviews with Polish and Portuguese police officers and with the representatives of the government in Portugal.
Associate Professor Joanna Kurowska-Pysz, PhD
Associate Professor Joanna Kurowska-Pysz, PhD – researcher on the institutions and processes of European integration, who was included by the European Commission among the experts in territorial cooperation and appointed the leader of the international pilot project entitled Identification of Key Elements for Creating the Tourist Cross-Border Functional Area at the Lithuanian – Polish Border. The project is conducted at the European Commission by the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy. The project outcome will be a new model of territorial cooperation in the formula of cross-border functional areas, which will be implemented at all internal EU borders under the INTERREG program in the new financial perspective 2021-2027.
As a result, the directions for spending EU funds will be better adapted to the needs of local communities in smaller border areas. https://bit.ly/36fEMba
prof. Mohamed Mousa
prof. Mohamed Mousa – He explores the perception of diversity management and the level of happiness in the
workplace in public hospitals in Egypt. His research confirmed that diversity management practices can mediate the relationship between happiness in the workplace and the behavior of physicians in terms of organizational citizenship. The results of prof. Mohamed Mousa’s research show that although employees may be happy in the workplace (e.g. through commitment, satisfaction with their duties, and emotional commitment), their happiness will not be reflected in positive citizenship behavior towards their organization. The exceptions are the diversity management practices of this organization.
prof. Rui Alexandre Castanho
prof. Rui Alexandre Castanho – He conducts research into sustainable development and strategic planning in peripheral territories, such as borderlands or islands, worldwide. If we want to survive as a society and as a species, sustainable development is no longer a choice but a necessity of all of us. We must protect the environment globally, remain in solidarity with other countries, and treat economic, political, social and environmental factors as interdependent.
Prof. Castanho’s research has produced and continues to provide many guidelines and recommendations for main regional actors of these peripheral areas, ultimately being a catalyst for the improvements on their sustainability standards: https://bit.ly/33L1iWH.
Prof. Rostyslav Buń
Prof. Rostyslav Buń – scientist and researcher who deals with the use of information technologies to develop solutions in the field of ecology and environmental safety, including geo-information technologies for spatial analysis of greenhouse gas emissions. Prof. Rostyslav Buń creates geospatial databases and digital maps of greenhouse gas emissions in the world.
Marzena Graboń-Chałupczak, PhD
Marzena Graboń-Chałupczak, PhD – lecturer in the Department of Transport and IT at WSB University, PhD in machine construction and operation.
For years she has proven that, contrary to stereotypes, machine engineering is not only a male field of science.
She successfully cooperates with the best transport companies as an expert and adviser.
On a daily basis, she conducts classes in diagnostics and operation of machines and specializes in monitoring the safety of technical devices. Her mission is to ensure the safety of all of us.
She is a licensed operator and instructor of unmanned aerial vehicles. In her work, she uses drones to increase the level of safety in transport because they are used in patrolling communication routes, supervising the condition of infrastructure or making digital maps of objects.
Associate Professor Piotr Białowolski
Associate Professor Piotr Białowolski, PhD specializes in applied economics and quantitative methods for research in the areas of economic behavior and well-being. He was a scholarship holder at the University of Turin in Italy. He currently continues his work on well-being at Harvard University, where he has joined the Sustainability and Health Initiative team at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. His research interests and publications focus on the application of micro-level data for the impact evaluation of financial and social behavior on well-being.
Karol Jędrasiak, Ph.D. – Artificial Intelligence Researcher
has taken up the challenge of adapting agriculture to climate change. The algorithms developed by him for the analysis of the satellite data sets from the European Space Agency Copernicus program allow to estimate the beginning and end of the growing season of selected plant species in Poland. This research gained recognition of Microsoft and The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), which funded the AI for Earth research grant.
The global coverage of satellite data, made available to everyone as ‚open source’, will allow it to be used in practice to optimize the harvest and counteract the outbreaks of famine which are the result of climate change.
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