POSITIVE cross-cultural psychologY

well-being ::: societal development ::: cultural sensitivity ::: emotions ::: work-life balance ::: gender & family ::: honor cultures

Good life differs across cultures.

Kuba Krys

Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences

In the past:

Contact: kuba@krys.pl kkrys@psych.pan.pl

My motives:

I believe that cultural sensitivity is the key to a harmonious future. In the emerging multi-polar world, various worldviews, various ways of living a good life, and various values may flourish.

As of the 2020s, the bi-polar world is already the fact. To avoid potential tensions, we need to acknowledge and respect the cultural diversity. Being a good human has various meanings across cultures.

In my work, to let us better understand „outgroups”, I cross the boundaries the culture imposed on us.

Professional background:

  • I am an associate professor at the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

  • Large cross-cultural studies covering several dozen countries from all inhabited continents are my speciality.

  • Cultural sensitivity applied to societal development and well-being is currently my main area of scientific interest (for more please see here and here).

  • I love Japan. I lived in Kyoto and worked at the Kyoto University (as JSPS Fellow). My sensei was Yukiko Uchida.

Guest editing:

  • In 2019, with Yukiko Uchida and Alejandra Domínguez-Espinosa, we announced the Call for Papers to a Special Issue of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology on "Bridging (Cross-)Cultural Psychology with Societal Development Studies: Discussion on the Idea of Cultural Sensitivity in Conceptualizing and Measuring Societal Development". We serve as guest editors of this Special Issue. For more, please see here.

Ad-hoc reviewing for journals:

  • American Psychologist,

  • Psychological Science,

  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin,

  • Journal of Happiness Studies,

  • Psychology of Men & Masculinities,

  • Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology,

  • Asian Journal of Social Psychology,

  • International Journal of Psychology,

  • and other minor journals (e.g., Frontiers, Polish Psychological Bulletin, Japanese Psychological Research).

Ad-hoc reviewing for granting agencies:

  • As an expert appointed by the European Commission, I review grant applications in the EU research and innovation programmes (H2020 - MSCA).

Major awards:


  • I act or acted as principal investigator in eight externally funded grants (NCN, NCBiR, MNiSW), and in several minor grants (e.g., FSS).

  • I was awarded the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship.