Izabela Korbiel is a PhD candidate working on media coverage of suicide in times of crisis. Her project, supervised by Prof. Katharine Sarikakis, covers a field of suicide and public sphere and explores primary European newspapers. She is interested in the historical dimension of suicide rates in Europe and the issue as a public policy topic in public debate, given that during economic crisis suicide rates increase. One of the central questions in this project is whether suicide is reported as a political act under crisis circumstances or is it portrayed as an individual problem of people in deep psychical crisis?
Izabela studied sociology and economics at the University of Cologne in Germany and wrote her Diploma thesis on political trust in old and new democracies in Europe. During her studies she worked on the project "Evaluation of teaching quality" at the Faculty for Social Science and Business Administration at the University of Cologne. She also received a scholarship and spent one term studying sociology at the University Utrecht, The Netherlands. After the end of her studies she worked at the University Bamberg, Germany on the project SCIP: Causes and Consequences of Socio- Cultural Integration Processes among New Immigrants in Europe.