Mateusz Karolak is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Institute of Sociology, University of Wrocław. He is currently engaged on the PREWORK research project (Young Precarious Workers in Poland and Germany: A Comparative Sociological Study on Working and Living Conditions, Social Consciousness and Civic Engagement).
In his PhD research, Mateusz examined return migrants' inclusion and employment, focusing on the case of return migration to Poland from the United Kingdom. He studied philosophy and cultural anthropology in Poznań (AMU) and Berlin (HU). In 2013-16 he was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow involved in the Initial Training Network 'Changing Employment'.
His research interests include political economy, the reproduction of inequalities, the consequences of employment precarisation, and return migrations within the European Union. Mateusz is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Praktyka Teoretyczna.