ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0493-1721
I am a political scientist, Europeanist, researcher of borders, habilitated doctor of social sciences (2015). I have been working as an associate professor at the Department of International Relations, at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland (since 2004), researcher (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Department of European Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany (since 2004). I have, for many years, been associated with the Polish-German teaching and research institution Collegium Polonicum. I have been a visiting professor (Professore a contratto) at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Bologna, Italy (since 2022).
I was a scholarship holder and employed researcher at other American, Asian and European universities: visiting lecturer at the Alsace Inter-University House for the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Strasbourg, France (2013), Short Term Visiting Scholar at Center for European Studies at Carlton University in Ottawa, Canada (2016), Specially Appointed Associate Professor at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan (2017), Ludovika Fellowship scholar at the University of Public Service in Budapest, Hungary (2022), associated researcher of the Center for Regional and Border Area Research at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Wrocław (since 2022). I have given guest lectures at dozens of other universities as part of short stays as well as research and teaching internships.
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 from the micro-scale perspective, cross-border cooperation in Europe as well as the neighborhood policy and external relations of the European Union. My research concentrates on border twin towns and the external borders of the European Union. I am the author of over one hundred forty academic articles, have participated in a similar number of academic conferences and been a visiting lecturer at several dozen American, Asian and European universities. I have been working in dozens of international research, educational and development projects, including Jean Monnet and NCN projects.
I finished the VIII Liceum Ogólnokształcące (Secondary school) in Poznań, Poland. I then studied political science at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, as well as at the University of Jyvӓskylӓ in Finland as part of the Socrates Erasmus program. From 2001-2003, I was a scholarship holder of the Europa Fellows doctoral program offered jointly by the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany and Adam Mickiewicz University. I obtained a doctoral degree in humanities in the field of political science in 2004, defending a thesis in the area of European integration. In 2015 I received a post-doctoral degree (habilitation) in social sciences, in the field of political sciences, specializing in European integration, presenting a series of publications titled “Cross-border cooperation at the local level. Border twin towns in Europe.”