Collegium Intermarium


The development of countries is not limited solely to the economic issue – cultural and social advancement, based on the foundation of demographic growth, are at least equivalent components of this process. However, demographic development is not possible without restoring the importance of the family as the basic and most important social institution, as it was understood for centuries by thinkers who created the basic concepts of our civilization, such as Aristotle or Saint. Thomas of Aquinas. Lack of demographic development and family breakdown are a huge socio-economic cost. These costs are borne by the state in order to counteract the effects of this phenomenon (especially in countries where the idea of ​​the welfare state is strongly developed) and are manifested in the costs of lost opportunities – human attractiveness, productivity, but also investment and consumption potential. The collapse of the family, the basic social unit, is primarily a threat to the cultural and, in the long run, also to the formal cohesion and existence of each country as an individual, independent entity. As part of the work of the Center for Research on Family and Demography, we will conduct socio-demographic research and propose systemic and legal solutions supporting the family both at the national and international level.

Research areas:

the economic impact of marriage and the proper functioning of the family, taking into account the implications for the market and state finances – this topic has already been discussed in the first volume of the Collegium Intermarium Reports series – a report on family costs and marriage breakdown;
demographic crisis in the context of religiosity and secularization of Western societies;
the effectiveness of various policies, regulations and state actions in stimulating demographic growth;
the impact of family structure on the well-being and health of individuals;
the implications of different upbringing models for the well-being of individuals and their ability to cope with difficulties and take on the responsibilities of adulthood in the context of starting a family, taking up work and the ability to run a state.

prof. Ewa Budzyńska

Director of the Center for Research on Family and Demography


Ewa Budzyńska – Ph.D., emer. prof. emergency University of Silesia; psychologist and sociologist. From 1991 to 2020, a researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the Faculty of Sociology of the University of Silesia in Katowice. In February 2020, she left the University of Silesia in protest against the intolerance and discrimination of academic teachers opposed to the left-wing gender ideology and the introduction of ideological censorship at the university. E. Budzyńska’s scientific and research interests focused on topics related to: 1) the sociology of morality (concepts of moral order and pro-social attitudes, changes in moral values), 2) the sociology of the family (changes in modern families and their macro-social and cultural conditions, the concept of intergenerational bonds in family) and 3) with the sociology of religion (changes in religiosity in Polish society), were reflected in scientific publications, among others: in monographs: „Moral order in a changing society. A sociological study of the moral values ​​of the inhabitants of Katowice. Katowice 2007 and „Intergenerational ties in the family. A sociological study of Polish and Slovak families. Katowice, 2018.


social research:

causes and costs of family breakdown;

comparative analysis of family policies in North America, Europe, and Asia;

catalog of good family policy practices in cooperation with the United Nations