I am a political scientist, Europeanist, researcher of borders. Since 2016, I have been an associate professor (in the years 2004-2016 assistant professor) at the Department of International Relations at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, and also at the Department of European Studies at the Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. I have for many years been associated with the Polish-German research and teaching institute Collegium Polonicum.
My academic interests focus around the themes of borders and border areas within the context of European integration processes. In particular, they cover the phenomena of debordering and rebordering, cross-border governance, European integration on the micro-scale, as well as cross-border cooperation in Europe. My research concentrates on border twin towns and the external borders of the European Union. I am the author of over eighty academic articles, have participated in a similar number of academic conferences and been a visiting lecturer at over a dozen European universities. In 2015 I received my post-doctoral degree (habilitation), presenting a series of publications titled “Cross-border cooperation at the local level. Border twin towns in Europe.”
I finished the VIII Liceum Ogólnokształcące (secondary school) in Poznań, Poland. I then studied political science at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, as well as at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland as part of the Socrates Erasmus programme. From 2001-2003, I received a doctoral scholarship from the Europa Fellows offered jointly by the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany and Adam Mickiewicz University. I obtained my doctoral degree in political science in 2004, defending a thesis in the area of European integration.