Healthcare as a Public Space

Project title: Healthcare as a Public Space: Social Integration and Social Diversity in the Context of Access to Healthcare in Europe

Principal investigator: prof. Paweł Łuków
Financing: National Science Centre: HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) – Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe; this project has received founding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 769478
Project period: 1.05.2019-30.04.2022 (36 months)
Project number: 2018/28/Z/HS1/00554

Project objective: Within the scope of the project, the research will focus on the concept of diversity that includes aspects of ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation both in the general social context of healthcare viewed as a public space, as well as in the specific context of medical institutions conceptualized as public locations. Within this context, the aim of this project is to generate systematic and in-depth knowledge about how and to what degree the European norms and guidelines concerning diversity are implemented in national legal regulations in Germany, Slovenia, Croatia and Poland and how they are realized in clinical practice in these countries. The project is to be humanities-led and study the ethical, cultural, and normative aspects of integration and exclusion within the healthcare sector.

Key words: bioethcis, healthcare, diversity, access to healthcare

Principal Investigator: Prof. Paweł Łuków, PhD
Post-doc Researcher: Katarzyna Bielińska, PhD
PhD Student: Anna Chowaniec, MA

Project website


International Conference “Legal regulations on diversity in healthcare in European countries: challenges for national legislation”, Center for Bioethics and Biolaw, Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, March 4th and 5th, 2020, Warsaw.

International Conference “Healthcare as a Public Space: Social Integration and Social Diversity in the Context of Access to Healthcare in Europe”, University of Rijeka, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Social Sciences and Medical Humanities, September 5th and 6th, 2019, Rijeka.

Public lectures

September 22nd 2019, Health – accessible for everyone? (included in the set of events of XXIII Festival of Science); lecture: Prof. Magdalena Środa, PhD (University of Warsaw); as followed by a discussion panel with the participation of Prof. Paweł Łuków, Katarzyna Bielińska, PhD, and Anna Chowaniec, MA.