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dr Diana Dajnowicz

University of Bialystok

Faculty of Law


Dr Diana Dajnowicz-Piesiecka is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at the Faculty of Law, University of Bialystok. She received her doctoral degree in legal sciences in 2017. Before that, she received her Master of Laws degree in 2013. She also completed a bachelor's degree in international relations at the Faculty of History and Sociology of the University of Bialystok (2011).

Her research interests include criminal law, criminology, and criminal policy, focusing on crime against family and guardianship and legal protection of animals in Poland and Europe.

She has participated in several scientific projects. She was the head of a grant on the legal and criminological aspects of parental abductions (NCN Prelude) from 2015-2017. The most important result of this grant was the first scientific monograph in Poland on the kidnapping and detention of minors by their parents.

She is currently directing a project on the legal protection of animals from the perspective of changes in the perception and treatment of animals by Polish society (Science for Society MEaS). In 2021, she was an administrative manager in a project funded by the DIALOG program. She has coordinated numerous projects disseminating science.

In addition to criminal law, criminology, and criminal policy, she is also interested in the participation of women in science, especially the socio-legal aspects of the situation of women in Polish higher education and science and the legal aspects of motherhood for female scientists.

She is the author of two monographs and more than 40 articles and chapters. She has participated in more than 40 national and international scientific conferences, presenting papers at most of them.

She is the winner of a research fellowship from the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bern in Switzerland, awarded to young scholars for a research internship at the Institute. She completed her internship in 2018, studying the crime of foreigners in Switzerland and the etiological and phenomenological aspects of domestic violence in Switzerland.

She was awarded a scholarship from the Minister of Education and Science for outstanding young scientists (2021).

She is a member of the Institute of Women's Studies and the Women's History Research Center that functions within it. She belongs to the editorial board of the Scientific Journal of the Institute of Women's Studies. Member of the Association "Advocates of Science", the Polish Society of Criminology named after Prof. S. Batavia, the Polish Platform for Homeland Security. Vice-chair of the Council of Young Scientists in 2018-2021. Re-appointed to this body for the term 2021-2023. External expert evaluating applications and reports submitted to Erasmus+ 2021-2027 programs. Coordinator of the Young Criminologists Forum.