Full-professor of sociology serving as director of Institute of Sociology and head of Department of General Sociology, University of Lodz. Member of ESA, CROP (Comparative Research on Poverty) and National Council on Family Relations, USA; member of the board of WG05, ISA. Since 1990 involved in international and comparative studies conducted jointly with European and USA researchers. Leader of international research teams in two TEMPUS projects and several bilateral ones. Main fields of her research are: poverty and social exclusion, family, sociology of youth, social structure. She was granted several very prestigious prizes for outstanding research by the Rector of UL, Foundation for Polish Science, Marshal of Lodz City. She is author and editor of several monographs and over 45 articles in scientific journals and article collections.