Paula Bialski is a Polish-Canadian sociologist who recently (May 2012) received her doctoral degree from Lancaster University. She gains her inspiration from the stories she’s lived through, friends, family, and strangers, as well as her great supervisors, Prof. John Urry and Dr. Monika Buscher. As once a part-time radio and print journalist, her main interests include mobility, tourism, and friendship and social networking, and has published various articles regarding these, and other, topics.
Her current academic work is centered around the implications of the internet on offline interaction, friendship, trust, and social capital. After being based in the English countryside, she moved back to Warsaw to work with Dr. Dominik Batorski at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling on publishing research related to social networking practices and social capital. In October 2012, she started postdoctoral research at the HafenCity University in Hamburg, working on a project about Low Budget Urbanity, describing low-cost transport issues through Couchsurfing and ridesharing systems.
In her free time, she tours and records with her band “Paula & Karol.” (www.paulaikarol.pl)