Michal Tuchowski

Michal Tuchowski

Participant in 2014
Work history Professional Work Experience:

03.2010 – 8.2010 European Commission, Directorate-General for Communication, Press and Media Relations Department of the European Commission's Representation in Poland (Warsaw), Administrative Trainee, tasks: nurturing good relations with press and media, issuing press releases and rebutting inaccurate media reports, close cooperation with Spokesperson's Service in Brussels Headquarters, using conventional (TV+Radio) and new media to engage with the
national public opinion, stakeholders and multipliers, cooperating professionally with media and using new communication tools to improve branding. More on: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/communication/index_en.htm
http://ec.europa.eu/polska/index_pl.htm

06.2005 - 03.2010 PrzewodnikKatolicki Weekly, one of the biggest catholic newspapers in Poland, Journalist/British Correspondent, main tasks: writing articles on actual national and international topics, such as: British affairs, European affairs, international media, migration, history and religion.

06.2004 - 06.2005 Poznan City Council, NGOs Officer; responsibilities: organising and monitoring the co-operation between Poznan City Council and non-governmental organisations. Co-editing the bulletin on the initiatives of the NGOs' operating in Poznan and Poland.

Internships and Courses:

11.2012 Preparing to Teach in Higher Education Course, Learning Institute, Kings College

07.2012 –08.2012 Global Communications, Citizens and Cultural Politics, Summer School at the London School of Economics and Political Science

05.2009 - 08.2009 Embassy of The Republic of Poland in London, internship in the Press and Media Relations Section of Political Department, tasks: contributing to the organisation of events at the Embassy, preparing reports based on the British press articles for the use of the Foreign Ministry and other governmental institutions in Poland.

04.2008 - 06.2008 Fortis Media United Kingdom Ltd. in London, Journalist Trainee in the Editorial Department of “Polish Express”, the biggest Polish newspaper in the UK, main tasks: researching, writing on the actual topic related to the Polish migrant community living in the United Kingdom, editing.
Study history Qualifications:

09.2011-now PhD Candidate, President’s Scholar, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University.

Working title: Diaspora and Ethnic Media in the Age of Migration. The Role of the Polish Ethnic Media in the Process Integration of Poles in the United Kingdom after May 2004

09.2008 - 09.2009 Master of Arts in International Public Relations, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, core modules: international public relations theory, international public relations practice, international marketing, research methods, the internet and new media. More on: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/jomec/

09.1997 - 10.2003 Master of Arts in Political Science, School of Political Science and Journalism,Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, modules: international political relations, mass communication, social psychology, social engineering, marketing and advertising theory, marketing research, political campaigns, media sociology, public relations, methodology of social science, logic. More on: http://www.inpid.amu.edu.pl/

Phd Projects

2014

Diaspora and Ethnic Media in the Age of Migration. The Role of the Polish Ethnic Media in the Process Integration of Poles in the United Kingdom after May 2004

The scale of migration of Poles to the UK after Poland joined the EU in May 2004 has been one of the largest in the post-war Britain. The Home Office records show that 540,000 Polish citizens have migrated into the UK since 2004. In fact, Polish nationals constitute second biggest and the fastest growing migrant communities in the UK. As Burrell puts it: ‘It is difficult to think of another migrant group, which has established itself so quickly and so widely, in the British history (Burrell, 2009:7; Mori, 2014).

However, the ongoing migratory process is often associated with social tensions, misunderstandings and sometimes hostility between the migrants and host society. The settlement process of Polish migrants continues at a time of a retreat from multiculturalism in the UK (Castles Miller, 2009; Bailey, Georgiou and Harindranath, 2007; Knott, McLoughlin 2010), the unprecedented population growth, particularly in metropolitan areas, and the rising public expectation of the British government to reduce immigration (The Migration Observatory, 2012).

Consequently, the management of immigration, and particularly the social integration of migrants and race relations, have been one of the most important political issues in Britain today. As the authors of the recent Mori rapport titled: ‘Perceptions and reality. Public attitudes to immigration’ underline: ‘it is clear that immigration is a top concern for people in the UK over recent years, it has some relationship with immigrant numbers and we are more worried than nearly all other major countries’. Around 70-80% British people considers immigration a problem for Britain (IPSO Mori, 2014:12).

The main aim of the research project is to explore what the role of the Polish ethnic media in the United Kingdom is in the process of integration of the Polish diaspora living in the country. More specifically, what is their role in the processes of social, cultural, political and economic integration of the migrants? Since the British government has started putting a stronger emphasis on social integration, and has abandoned the politics of multiculturalism (Communities and Local
Government, 2012), it is interesting to explore what role the ethnic media play in building socially integrated multicultural society.

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