Lula joined the University of Cumbria in September 2016, teaching on social science and criminology modules, with a focus on research methods. She has taught modules in Sociology and Contemporary Social Issues, Identities, Interpersonal Violence, Applied Research Methods, Victims of Crime, and taught and co-taught Criminology's employability module Working with People and Criminological Foundations. In Policing she lectures on Applied Social Science and Research Methods, and Criminological Concepts. Her other teaching experiences encompass Women and Gender Studies, and lecturing on Gender and Violence at MA and UG level.
Lula’s academic background is interdisciplinary and she completed her PhD in Sociology at Lancaster University writing about women’s activism. Her research has a special interest in the progressive merging of online and offline activities. This continues the focus of her MA (Lancaster) and BA (Univeristy of the West of England) work, which focused on the changes to social practices and beliefs as a result of online connectivity.
Prior to her PhD, Lula worked on the EY (Ernst & Young) Better Government Programme, cooperating with the LSE Central European Observatory, on the production of reports in the fields of public policy, governance, public finance, healthcare and healthcare reform, infrastructure and resources, and education in Poland. She has also worked for and cooperated with third sector organisations in Poland and in the UK, and volunteered for Women's Aid. Lula was also a researcher in the Migration of Thought strand of the ANOVASOFIE project funded by the European Commission (2004-2006) and worked for the Foundation for the Prevention of Terrorism and Biological Threats (BIOPREV).
Lula’s current research interest combine her long term commitment to reproductive rights and justice with researching on and offline activism. Together with Criminology colleagues she is looking at criminalisation of abortion and women’s activism in response to it and at provisions around domestic violence and abuse in rural areas. Lula has also published in disability studies and in her teaching seeks to bring critical disability studies perspectives to Criminology. She is also extending the work carried out in her PhD, researching breastfeeding in prisons, for which she received a Gradconsult ECR Microgrant.
Qualifications and memberships
2019 Fellow of the HEA
2018 PhD Sociology, Lancaster University
2014 Associate Fellow of the HEA
2009 PR specialist training through the European Structural Fund
2006 MA (Magister) English Philology, Warsaw University
2006 Project Management in NGOs, Warsaw Women's Centre
2004 MA Society and Culture, Lancaster University and CSS Warsaw
2002 BA (Hons) English and Cultural and Media Studies, University of the West of England, Bristol
Academic and research interests
Digital and ethnographic research, creative research methods, reproductive justice, women's activism, breastfeeding, breastfeeding in prisons, online activism, disability activism, disability perspectives in criminology, disability perspectives in HE, creative and alternative assessment in HE, research methods teaching in HE, policy analysis, socio-legal studies, governance and governmentality, rural crime, victimisation
Currently available to co-supervise students in Criminology, Social Science, and Policing
Mecinska, Lula (2019) K.J Wilson. Others’ Milk. The Potential of Exceptional Breastfeeding Sociology of Health and Illness https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.12904
Mecinska, Lula (2019) Embodied Online Activism: Breastfeeding Activism (Lactivism) on Facebook Networking Knowledge 11(2) Communities and the Media Around the Globe
Mecinska, Lula (2018) Osobista narracja jako sposób wyrażenia intersekcjonalnego aktywizmu ucieleśnionego w internecie: przypadek Eve C. Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis Studia de Cultura 10(1) 2018
Mecinska, Lula (2018) ‘Milk Pride’: Lactivist Online Constructions of Positive Breastfeeding Value. Studies in the Maternal, 10(1): 9, pp. 1–32
Mecinska, Aleksandra (2012) Wydumany spor miedzy ‘piersiowymi’ a ‘butelkowymi’ matkami [The over-exaggerated contest between breastfeeding and bottle-feeding mothers] interview by F. Schneider na:Temat http://natemat.pl/31479,wydumany-spor-miedzy-piersiowymi-a-butelkowymi-matkami
Bielecka-Prus, Joanna & Walentynowicz (Mecinska), Aleksandra (2008)'Recontextualisations of a public intellectual: the case of Gunnar Myrdaland the Polish Public’ In: Sven Eliæson; Ragnvald Kalleberg (eds.) Academics as public intellectuals. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars. p. 196-225.
2019 Polish Sociological Association 17th Polish Sociological Congress, Wroclaw, Poland Breastfeeding as Work
2018 Sibeal Network Conference Belfast Activist responses to enforced mobility and criminalisation of women accessing abortion and narrative learning
2018 British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Aniversary Conference Glasgow ‘One week she had milk dripping into her slippers, next week the doctor told her she dried up!’ Breastfeeding women narratibg negative experiences of interactions with healthcare professionals.
2018 British Society of Criminology Conference 2018 Enforced mobility and criminalisation of women accessing abortion (with Carolyne James, Nicoletta Policek and Kate Mukungu)
2018 Crime and Control Enthography Symposium Reflection on emotional entanglements of fieldwork on reproductive rights
2018 MeCCSA PGN Embodied Online Activism: Breastfeeding Activism (Lactivism) on Facebook
2018 13th Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC USA Patching the Gaps: How Online Support Shapes Breastfeeding Practices in Poland
2016 ERSC Breastfeeding Seminar Series, UWE and Cardiff University ‘Patching the gaps in support - breastfeeding women's peer support on social media in the UK and Poland.’
2014 International Conference Migrant Mothers Caring for the Future, Polish Mothers in the UK panel ‘From Breastfeeding Mother to Peer-Supporter: using maternal skills as an intervention?’
2014 British Sociological Association Human Reproduction Study Group Annual Conference Breastfeeding as technology
2014 Summer Intellectual Party Lancaster University International Postgraduate Conference Making a social contribution through breastfeeding peer support/ a migrant mother's work
2014 Postgraduate Seminar Series Warwick University Breastfeeding and technology, breastfeeding as technology
2013 Summer Intellectual Party Lancaster University International Postgraduate Conference Breastfeeding as Work – dilemmas of conceptualisation in research (and life)
2012 Zmysły/Ciało/Tożsamość [Senses/Body/Identity] Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education, Warsaw Feeding breasts and public space: politics of exhibition and protest
2005 ANOVASOFIE closing conference University College Dublin Recontextualisations of a Public Intellectual the case of Gunnar Myrdal
2004 Culture/Counterculture, Warsaw University We're here and we're queer: third way politics against heteropatriarchy
2014 Campus in the City, Lancaster series of popularisation events organised with academics and peer supporters under the headline ‘Think you know breastfeeding?’
2013 TEDx Polish Academy of Sciences Dynamics of Democracy Breastfeeding and Democracy
Recent external roles
University of Bedfordshire - External Examiner
National Science Centre Poland - Reviewer
European Reproductive Justice Network (in formation) member
British Sociological Association
Polish Sociological Association (PTS)
Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)