Recent Work


Bialski, P. 2013. Online to Offine Social Networking: contextualizing sociality today through, in Couchsurfing Cosmopolitanisms: Can Tourism Make A Better World?, edited by Sonja Buchberger and David Picard. Frankfurt: Transcript.

Bialski, P. 2012. Becoming Intimately Mobile. (Frankfurt: Peter Lang).

Bialski, P. 2012. “Technologies of Hospitality: How Planned Encounters Develop Between Strangers.” Hospitality & Society 1:3.

(with Gill, N.) 2011. “New friends in new places: Network formation during the migration process among poles in the UK.” Geoforum 42:2.

Bialski, P. 2011. “Searching for true productiveness on the social web.” Re-Public  Online.

(with Batorski, D.) 2010. “From Online Familiarity to Offine Trust: How a virtual community creates familiarity and trust between strangers ” in Social Computing and Virtual Communities edited by P. Zaphiris and C. S. Ang. Boca Raton: Chapman & Hall

Bialski, P. 2008. Intimate Tourism: Enquete dans un reseau d’hospitalite. (Limoges: Solilange).


    • (Forthcoming) Paper – “Not On My Couch: The limitations of sharing in the age of collaborative travel and hospitality networks,” RC21 Resourceful cities, Humboldt-University Berlin, Berlin (August 29-31, 2013)
    • (Forthcoming) Paper – “Mobile Behaviour in Train Station: Social coordination between train ticket sharing in Germany” Global Conference on Mobility Futures, Lancaster University, UK (September 4-6th, 2013).
    • Paper – “The Collaborative City: sharing and saving practices in times of austerity” Resistance, Resiliance and Adaptation: Understanding a Changing Europe. Jagiellonian University, Krakow (June 24-26 2013)
    • Paper-  “Behaviour in the Hauptbahnhof: Social coordination between strangers in public space,” at Ethnographische Stadtforschung – Ansätze, Herausforderungen, Nutzen. Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning, Erkner (May 30th-31st, 2013)
    • Paper – “Social Networking as Tourist Practice: an ethnographic account of how facebook, couchsurfing, and airbnb change how tourism is done today.” Tourism in the Networked Society. Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
, University of Amsterdam, April 2013.
    • The Social Spaces of Music: Networks, Worlds, Fields and Scenes, Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, University of Manchester (February 14-15 2013)
    • Grant drafting workshop – Social Innovation: Transformational Change and Opportunities of Music, Hannover University for Music, Drama and Media (December 14-16th, 2012)
    • Discussion Panelist – “Vision 2020: The Future of Music in the Digital Age,” Reeperbahn Festival Campus, Hamburg (September 10-14th, 2012)
    • Paper – (with Batorski, D.) “Trustworthiness in Networks, UK Social Networks Conference”, University of Greenwich (July 18-20,2008)
    • Paper – “No More Cold Researchers: Engagement and bias as characteristics of the modern minterdisciplinary minds.” Work in Progress: Research Spaces, Research Journeys, University of Warwick, December, 2007
    • Paper – “Intimate Tourism: Changing the relationship between the tourist and the other through the online hospitality network.” The 6th International Symposium on Aspects of Tourism: “Gazing, Glancing, Glimpsing: Tourists and Tourism in a Visual World. Eastbourne, England. June, 2007
    • Poster – (with Batorski, D.) “Trust Networks: Analyzing the Structure and Function of Trust.” International Network of Social Network Analysis SUNBELT conference, Corfu, Greece. May, 2007. (INSNA 2007 Conference Poster)
    • Paper – “Intimate Tourism: Intensity, meaning, and offline friendship within the online hospitality network.” General Online Research conference, Leipzig, Germany. February, 2007
    • Paper – “Intimate Tourism: The process of verbal exchange in intimate spaces through the online hospitality network.” Social Aspects of the Internet Conference, Warsaw, Poland. December, 2006.

Education History

· Doctoral candidate in Sociology, Lancaster University (Present – 2010)

· Associate Teacher Programme, CELT, Lancaster University (May, 2008)

· Masters degree in Sociology, University of Warsaw, Poland (June 2007)

· Bachelor of Arts, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. (September, 2004)

My MA thesis can be read by clicking: HERE.


  1. Hello,
    your work seems really interesting. I am a student at the university in Belgium and I wondered whether it were possible to read your whole study on Emotional Tourism realised in 2006, or many reports of your conferences on this subject. The subject which interests to me particularly is the couchsurfing.

    Sincerely yours

  2. Greetings!

    So nice to hear that my work found you. As an interest to you … the work on Intimate Tourism is now being published into a book in French! Assuming you speak French, you will be able to read through the book then! It is currently in production and will be published before Christmas.

    Please email me at if you have some more questions!

    All the best!

  3. Hi Paula

    I just stumbled across your website (from your CS page). Your research looks amazing! I wish you well with it. Am I right in thinking your PhD was on CS? I would love to read it if you have anything published in English.

    Best wishes


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