COmmunity Models for the Energy Transition through Social Innovation – COMETS

The aim of the project is to provide practical knowledge and build theoretical models for social innovation in the field of low-carbon energy production. The Institute of Sociology is one of the 12 European research institutions included in the consortium. The project received funding from the European Commission (Horizon 2020) and will be implemented in 2019-2022.

The members of the research team at the Jagiellonian University are: Wit Hubert, PhD, Aleksandra Wagner, Prof, Tadeusz Rudek, MA. More information about the project HERE

This research project investigates the role that filial piety plays in the daily lives of Chinese migrants living in Poland and Australia. Besides, an important goal is to determine its importance in constructing personal and collective identity and defining their role concerning the aging parent remaining in China.

Contemporary Chinese society has been an arena of tremendous socio-economic changes for over four decades. The one-child policy (1979-2015) resulted in a reduction in the size of the Chinese family, increased wealth, and more opportunities to invest in an only child, for example, by studying outside the People’s Republic of China. At the same time, Chinese society is aging at a dramatic pace, and the state refuses to provide care for the elderly, which has been a legal obligation for the family since 1996. The inspiration for this project is the process of individualization in society, which is strongly group-oriented and undergoing intense transformation, with a strong cultural emphasis on the principle of filial piety (xiào) – serving for centuries as the basis of the Chinese family model.