Chair of Development and Local Policy

The Chair of Local Development and Policy is a dynamic research centre conducting interdisciplinary studies of regional and local development, in particular:

  • local democracy
  • mechanisms of local and regional policy making
  • factors influencing local economic development
  • local public services

The Department currently employs a dozen researchers plus 5 PhD students and a few research students involved in our research grants.

Our staff participates in several international and national research projects. During the last few years we have managed, among others, a large project funded by the Polish-Norwegian Research Cooperation Programme, coordinated Poland’s participation in one project under the European Horizon 2020 programme, and earlier – participated in the European scientific cooperation programme COST Action, in two projects funded by the EU under the 6th Framework Programme. At the moment (spring 2021) the Department  is implementing 7 research grants funded both from national (National Science Centre) and European sources.

The Department maintains lively international academic contacts. In May 2006 and again in June 2017 – we organised the annual conference of the European Urban Research Association (EURA). The Head of the Department, Prof. Paweł Swianiewicz, was the President of EURA from 2005 to 2010. Currently, Prof. Marta Lackowska is a member of the EURA board. Since 2017, Prof. Paweł Swianiewicz has been a member of the Steering Committee of Standing Group on Local Government and Politics of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

Paweł Swianiewicz Ph.D., Professor, Head of the Chair; local government, decentralization reforms in Central and Eastern Europe, local autonomy, local democracy, territorial reforms, public finance, inter-governmental fiscal relations

Marta Lackowska, Ph.D., Associate Professor.; metropolitan governance, inter-municipal cooperation, europeanization, management and organization theories, central and local government relations, paradiplomacy

Katarzyna Szmigiel-Rawska, Ph.D., Associate Professor, local government, public service delivery, territorial reforms, inter-organisational cooperation, collective actions, foreign relationships of sub-state governments, institutional theory

Anna Dąbrowska Ph.D., Assistant Professor, local government, innovation systems, the role of universities in regional development, knowledge transfer, academic entrepreneurship, strategic management, territorial marketing

Adam Gendźwiłł PhD., Assistant Professor, comparative local government studies, local democracy, local elections, political parties, multi-level politics, political representation, territorial reforms, electoral geography.

Joanna Krukowska PhD., Assistant Professor; local government, local and regional policy, EU Cohesion Policy, local democracy, local governance, territorial management

Julita Łukomska Ph.D., Assistant Professor; local government, local autonomy, local financial policies, provision of local services, local development, fiscal stress, inter-municipal financial transfers, territorial reforms

Piotr Żuber Ph.D.; lecturer ; regional policy, EU cohesion policy, territorial dimension of development process, EU integration, public management and governance, local development, local democracy,

Wirginia Aksztejn Ph.D student; local development, territorial cohesion, provision of public services, territorial governance, central-local relations, quantitative and qualitative research methods

Rafał Florczyk Ph.D student; urban renewal, metropolitan areas, central places theory, urban regime theory, citizen participation.

Justyna Ślawska Ph.D student; local government, land-use changes, spatial analysis, institutional analysis, decision-making process, local public services

Martyna Zawadzka Ph.D student; local democracy, horizontal power relations in municipalities, electoral systems, divided government

Jose E. Castillo Ph.D student; territorial development, decentralization, firm dynamics and competitiveness, and social inclusion.