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Marek Wosinski

Marek Wosinski

Senior Lecturer (retired), Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychology
Arizona State University
PO Box 871104
Tempe, AZ 85287-1104


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Senior Lecturer (retired), Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Dr. Marek Wosinski officially retired from teaching in May 2016 after 25 years of teaching as Senior Lecturer at the Arizona State University. He is still employed by the Department of Psychology as an Adjunct Faculty responsible for development of the Global Network for Sustainable Development (GNSD). He is also a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability.

Dr. Wosinski received his degrees in psychology (with specialization in clinical and educational psychology) from the University of Warsaw (Poland). He had internships in Montreal, London, and in various mental health institutions in Poland. He came to USA in 1990 and began teaching at ASU. Before coming to USA Dr. Wosinski was teaching at the University of Warsaw, Jagiellonian University and University of Katowice. For several years he was in charge of the Center for Teachers Training, also had his own program on national TV “Psychology for Teachers”.

At Arizona State University Dr. Wosinski has been teaching among other basic psychology courses Multicultural Perspective on Community Leadership, Multicultural Perspective on Community Development and Community Psychology. In the years 1993 – 2003 Dr. Wosinski served as a Director of Counseling Center in Mesa, AZ and in this capacity he was offering marriage counseling, as well as coordinating numerous community programs. In the year 2000 he was a finalist for the ASU Teacher of the Year Award and in 2008 received the Outstanding Educator Award granted by the Society for Community Research and Action. In 2003 Dr. Wosinski earned Certificates for Life Coaching and Retirement Coaching and opened a private practice Dr. Marek – Coaching Through Life Transitions, LLC specializing on retirement coaching. He published 4 books and 60 articles in Polish and international journals.

Through his entire career Dr. Wosinski has been very active on the international arena. He was teaching as a visiting professor in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden. As a guest lecturer and motivational speaker he has been presenting throughout Europe, North/South America and Australia to diversified audiences: teens, teachers, medical doctors, managers, parents, senior citizens, religious communities, and others. He organized at Arizona State University two Summer Institutes on Community. He presented papers to numerous international conferences.

From 2007 till January 2014 Dr. Wosinski was building and facilitating the University- Community Partnership for Social Action Research Network (UCP-SARnet), an online network of currently 1700 students, faculty members and community activists in 75 countries. The network is compiling/housing a library of resources for community leaders and promotes various community projects in China, India (among others the development of the Gandhi College of Social Work in Bihar) and in some African countries.

In 2012 UCP-SARnet initiated partnership between Arizona State University (USA), Gandhi Research Foundation (India), and Jain Irrigation Systems, Ltd. (multinational company headquartered in India) that was formalized by signing a collaboration agreement in July 2012. The partnership has designed the Empowerment for Peace through Leadership in Agribusiness and Sustainability; Eradicating Poverty in Rural Communities (EmPeace LABS) project. So far about 125 young community leaders from 15 African countries have participated in two workshops coordinated by Dr. Wosinski, the most recent workshop took place in Senegal in 2016.

In March 2014 Dr. Wosinski become coordinator of a new project Global Network for Sustainable Development (GNSD) created in frame of the Department of Psychology and Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. It is an Internet platform aiming to promote building global partnerships in the area of sustainability and environmental education among high school students. The network was officially launched in Kathmandu (Nepal) at the meeting of all Rotary Clubs from Nepal on September 14th, 2014.

The project was presented at the International Conference on Technology, Environment and Sustainable Development held in Gwalior (India) in February 2014, Wharton Social Impact Conference in San Francisco in March 2014 and at International Conference on Education, Culture and Society (Singapore) in June 2014. Recently GNSD in collaboration with community organizations from India and Nepal is working on a project Sustainability for Peace; Investing in Youth.

In September 2014 Dr. Wosinski together with Mr. Rajesh Jangareddy registered a new partnership organization Sustainable Transition Consulting, LLC, that became a member of Smart Cities Council. The organization affiliates about 40 international experts on different aspects of a smart city and currently is undertaking a project Smart Schools for Sustainable Smart City in collaboration with selected schools and Rotary Clubs in India, Nepal and USA. SusTranCon signed a partnership agreement with the Arizona Technology Council and together they organize Smart City Summit in Phoenix, AZ on September 28th, 2017.

SusTranCon also signed partnership agreement with the partnership with the Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University. Recently Springer published a book Smart Learning in Smart Cities describing learning environment in smart cities in China. The book was co-authored by Dejian Liu, Ronghuai Huang (Dean of Smart Learning Institute), and Marek Wosinski.

In 2015 SusTranCon co-organized an international conference on Environmentally Friendly Agriculture and Horticulture in Planning of a Smart City. Conference was held in Bhopal (India) and Dr. Wosinski was a co-chair of the event. In December of 2016 SusTranCon co-organized another conference in Bhopal on the topic Environment and Agriculture in Planning of a Smart City.  Dr. Wosinski is on Advisory Board for the conference on Agriculture in Emerging Economies organized by TERI UNiveresity in New Delhi on January 7/8, 2017.  In 2016 SusTranCon signed partnership agreement with Arizona Technology Council.  The first joined project of this partnership will be Smart City Summit organized in Phoenix on September 28th, 2017.

Dr. Wosinski is a member of the PHX Rotary 100 club in Phoenix, Arizona, chartered in 1914 and since then addressing global issues such as poverty, health, hunger, education and the environment. He serves there on the International Outreach Committee.

Dr. Wosinski is married, and his wife Wilhelmina Wosinska, professor in social psychology, retired in 2012 because of health issues). They have three daughters: Marta (44) who after several years of working as a Director of Research Team at the Federal Drug Administration got the position of a Chief Healthcare Economist at the Office of the Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services), Zofia (39) who earned PhD in organic chemistry from ASU, worked for few years at Ventana, and now has her own company Estaine, and Magdalena (34) who is a freelance photographer.


  • PD, Educational Psychology, University of Warsaw, 1979
  • MA, Psychology, University of Warsaw, 1974
  • BA, University of Warsaw, 1965


Journal Articles


Wosinski, M. P. 2005. Szkola intymnosci (School of intimacy). Charaktery 1:96. (link )


Wosinski, M. P. 2004. Sam sobie celem I okretem (self-management skills). Charaktery 10:93.

Wosinski, M. P. 2004. Zycie jak futbol (Life as football). Prodox 4(17):.

Wosinski, M. P. 2004. Zycie trafione w cel (Life focused on a target). Charaktery 1:84. (link )


Wosinski, M. P. 1999. Organizacja Spolecznosci a Zaangazowanie jej Czlonkow (Community Structure and Involvement of its Members). Studia Pschyologiczne 7(3):.


Eisenberg, N., R. A. Fabes, M. Karbon, B. C. Murphy, G. Carlo and M. P. Wosinski. 1996. Relations of school children's comforting behavior to empathy-related reactions and shyness. Social Development 5(3):330-351. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9507.1996.tb00089.x. (link )

Eisenberg, N., M. Karbon, B. C. Murphy, M. P. Wosinski, L. Polazzi, G. Carlo and C. Juhnke. 1996. The relations of children's dispostional prosocial behavior to emotionality, regulation, and social functioning. Child Development 67(3):974-992. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.1996.tb01777.x. (link )


Wosinski, M. P. and M. Pietras. 1990. Economic socialization of Polish children in different macro-economic conditions. Journal of Economic Psychology 11(4):515-528. DOI: 10.1016/0167-4870(90)90032-5. (link )


Wosinski, M. P. 1988. Social comparison and experience of injustice. Journal of Economic Psychology 9(3):359-367. DOI: 10.1016/0167-4870(88)90040-2. (link )



Wosinski, M. P. 1989. Wiedza Psychologiczna Jako Regulator Zachowania (Psychological Knowledge as a Factor Regulating Human Behavior). Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Slaskiogo, Katowice.


Wosinski, M. P. 1987. Psychologiczne Problemy Zawodu Nauczyciela (Psychological Issues of Teacher Profession). Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Slaskiogo, Katowice.


Wosinski, M. P. 1978. Wspóldzialanie Nauczyciela z Uczniami (Cooperation between Teachers and Students). Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Slaskiogo, Katowice.

Book Chapters


Wosinski, M. P. 2003. Empowerment through community in coaching of life transitions. Coaching, Partnering for Success, and Building Excellence.


Wosinski, M. P. 1990. Injustice in interactions between teachers and pupils. In: Mandl, H. ed., Learning and Instruction: European Research in an International Context. Pergamon Press, Oxford.


Wosinski, M. P. 1989. A model of consumer behavior in the situation of shortages. In: Grunert, K. G. and F. Olander eds., Understanding Economic Behavior. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht/Boston/London.