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Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka

Division of Cross-Cultural and Gender Psychology
University of Gdańsk

Short bio:

Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka is an Associate Professor and Head in the Division of Cross-Cultural and Gender Psychology at the University of Gdańsk (Poland). Her main area of research focuses on cultural cues fostering gender equality within societies worldwide. She also conducts research on the backlash against communal men and the universality of precarious manhood. Her work has been published in leading journals such as Social Psychological and Personality Science, European Journal of Social Psychology, Psychology of Men and Masculinities and Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Currently she is a Principal Investigator in two international projects: Towards Gender Harmony, in which more than 160 scholars from 62 countries have built an international consortium that collected data from over 30,000 participants across 6 continents to analyze contemporary understandings of masculinity and femininity ( ) and EQUAMAN – project investigating the relationship between masculine norms & adolescent and adult men’s well being. As diversity & inclusion expert she co-authored the Integrative Model for Migrants for City of Gdańsk, Poland.

How we engineered moving beyond WEIRD:
Sampling beyond WEIRD nations to advance theories of gender beliefs.


Over 160 scholars from 62 countries formed an international consortium Towards Gender Harmony ( that collected data from over 30,000 participants across six continents. Our overarching goal was to analyze contemporary perceptions of masculinity and femininity using both quantitative and qualitative methods, marking a groundbreaking effort in social research. Using insights from both cross-cultural and multilevel analyses of our data collected, I will present five main reasons why the use of a cross-cultural lens 1) results in more situated predictions and 2) enhances our understanding of factors that might moderate or mediate relations between gender norms and gender inequalities, both of which foster theory development.

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