Team

dr Jacek Kucharczyk

dr Jacek Kucharczyk

President of the Executive Board

isp@isp.org.pl
phone: (48 22) 5564261
RESEARCH PRACTICE 

Over twenty years of progressively increasing responsibility for designing, implementing and supervising research projects in Institute of Public Affairs, a public policy think tank, which carries out dozens of research projects. These projects apply both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and are typically carried out within international consortia including both think tanks and academic institutions. Some of the most recent examples of relevant projects include:

2015-present - senior expert in the NIEM project (National Integration Evaluation Mechanism. Measuring and improving integration of beneficiaries of international protection. NIEM is a six-years long project which establishes in 14 EU member states a mechanism for a biennial, comprehensive evaluation of the integration of beneficiaries of international protection to provide evidence on gaps in integration standards, identify promising practices and evaluate the effects of legislative and policy changes 

2010-present - principal investigator and team leader in the Polish-German Barometer research project. Funders include Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Bertlesman Stiftung, Korber Stiftung, Polish-German Cooperation Foundation and others. 

2018-2019 - principal investigator for the Polish part of research for the Voices on Values project, coordinated by D-Part in Germany and funded by Open Society Foundations.

2016-2017 - principal investigator for the Polish part of the research project Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself? aiming to study the causes of the rise of populism in Europe, comparing six countries and using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The project was supported by Open Society Foundations.

2017-2018 - principal investigator fo the Polish team in the project Beyond Populism. Tribalism in Poland and Hungary supported by the National Endowment for Democracy

2016-2017 - project leader and key expert for the New Pact for Europe project, coordinated by European Policy Center and funded by European Commission and a number of European foundations, including Bertelsmann Stiftung. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1997-present – President (2009-), Member of the Executive Board (2006-2009), Research Director (2000-2009), Analyst & Program Coordinator (1997-2000), Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw
2009-2012 - Lecturer, Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw 
2008-2014 - External Contributor, Oxford Analytica, Oxford 
1993-1997 - English Language Coordinator and Lecturer, Graduate School for Social Research
1989-1993 – Interpreter/Facilitator working for American Labour Department Team in Poland, Foundation for Education for Democracy, J.P. Morgan and others

EDUCATION

1997 - PhD in Sociology, Polish Academy Of Sciences
1993-1997 – doctoral studies at Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy Of Sciences
1993-1994 - Pew Fellowship at the New School for Social Research, New York 
1993, 1994 & 1999 – Democracy and Diversity Institute (New School for Social Research) in Cracow, Poland & Cape Town, South Africa)
1991 - MA in Philosophy - University of Kent at Canterbury, UK
1990–1991 - ERASMUS scholarship at University of Kent at Canterbury, UK
1987 - MA in English Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland
1981-1990 – student at Department of Languages and Department of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Warsaw

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE/APPOINTMENTS/CONSULTANCY/IMPACT/ETC

2020-present - Chair of the Advisory Board at Scholarship Program, Open Society Foundations
2019-present - Member of the Executive Board, Platform of  Polish NGOs “Grupa Zagranica”
2019-present – Member of the Steering Committee of Civil Society Pillar, Community of Democracies
2017-present - Board Member, OKO Foundation, Warsaw
2017-2019  - Member of the Steering Committee, Polish-British Civil Society Forum, Warsaw-London
2016-present - Member of the Advisory Board, Scholarship Programs, Open Society Foundations
2015-present – Co-Founder & Member of the Board of Directors, Prague Civil Society Centre
2014-2017 - Member of the Monitoring Committee of the Operational Program Knowledge Education Development (POWER) at the Polish Ministry of Development 
2011-2015 - Advisory Board Member, National School of Public Administration, Warsaw
2008-2015 - Member of the Advisory Board, Think Tank Fund, Open Society Foundations
2008-2015 - Member of the Board of Directors, European Partnership for Democracy, Brussels
2004-2008 - Co-Founder,   Board Member and Chair of the Board of  Directors,  Policy Association for an Open Society PASOS
2005-2007 - Representative of Poland in the contact group for non-governmental organisations, World Bank - ECA NGO Working Group
2004-2008 - Member of the editorial board, „European Political Science”
2002-2005 - Member of the Council for Cooperation with Non-governmental Organisations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland
2002-2005 - Member of the Executive Board, Association of  Polish NGOs “Grupa Zagranica”

PUBLICATIONS (ACADEMIC AND NON-ACADEMIC)

Edited Volumes:
Phantom Menace. The Politics and Policies of Migration in Central Europe, Prague: Institute for Public Affairs and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 2018 (with Grigorij Mesežnikov). 
Exit, voice or loyalty? Young people on Europe and democracy. Case studies from Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, Warsaw and Berlin: Institute of Public Affairs, Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2017 (with Agnieszka Łada and Gabrielle Schöler).
Diverging Voices, Converging Policies: The Visegrad States’ Reactions to the Russia-Ukraine Conflict, Prague: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 2015 (with Grigorij Mesežnikov).
Obywatele i wybory. Działania Forum Aktywny Obywatel (Citizens and elections. Active Citizen Forum), Warsaw: Institute of Public Affairs, 2014.
Nic o nas bez nas. Partycypacja obywatelska Polaków w Wielkiej Brytanii (Nothing about us without us. Civic participation of Poles in Great Britain) Warsaw: Institute of Public Affairs, 2013.
Kto pilnuje strażników? Odpowiedzialne dziennikarstwo w demokratycznej Polsce (Who’s Watching the Watchmen? Responsible Journalism in Democratic Poland), Warsaw: Institute of Public Affairs, 2011.
Democracy in Poland 1989-2009. Challenges for the future, Warsaw: Institute of Public Affairs, 2010.
Towards a European Demos? Polish 2009 European Parliament Elections in Comparative Perspective, Warsaw: Institute of Public Affairs, 2010 (with Agnieszka Łada).
Demokracja w Polsce 2007-2009 (Democracy in Poland 2007-2009),  Warsaw: Institute of Public Affairs, 2009 (with Lena Kolarska-Bobińska).
Democracy in Poland 2005-2007, Warsaw: Institute of Public Affairs, 2008 (with Lena Kolarska and Jarosław Zbieranek).
Democracy’s New Champions. European democracy assistance after EU enlargement, Prague: PASOS, 2008 (with Jeff Lovitt).
Aktywny Obywatel, nowoczesny system wyborczy (Active Citizen, Modern Electoral System, Warsaw: Institute of Public Affairs, 2005 (with Lena Kolarska and Jarosław Zbieranek).
Bridges Across the Atlantic? Attitudes of Poles, Czechs and Slovaks Towards the United States, Warsaw: Institute of Public Affairs, 2005 (with Lena Kolarska-Bobinska and Piotr Maciej Kaczyński).
Obywatele Europy. Integracja Europejska w polskim życiu publicznym (Citizens of Europe. European Integration in Polish public life), Warsaw: Institute of Public Affairs, 2005 (with Mateusz Fałkowski). 

Articles and book chapters:
„Democracy and its discontents: European attitudes to Representative democracy and its alternatives”. In Deliberative Democracy in the EU. Countering Populism with Participation and Debate, edited by Steven Blockmans Sophia Russack, London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2020 (with Filip Pazderski).
“Democracy in Poland? From Authoritarian Populism to Populist Authoritarianism”. In Public Seminar, https://publicseminar.org/essays/democracy-in-poland/
 “Poland’s Political Discourse on Europe”. In Representative Democracy in the EU. Recovering Legitimacy, edited by Steven Blockmans and Sophia Russack, London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2019 (with Wojciech Białożyt et al).
 “Politics, Ideology and Voter Apathy – Direct Democracy in Poland”. In Direct Democracy in the EU: The Myth of a Citizens’ Union, edited by Steven Blockmans and Sophia Russack, London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2019.
“From politics of fear to securitisation policies? Poland in the face of migration crisis.” In Phantom Menace The Politics and Policies of Migration in Central Europe, edited by Jacek Kucharczyk and Grigorij Mesežnikov, Prague: Institute for Public Affairs and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 2018 (with Joanna Fomina).
 “It’s not the economy, stupid! Explaining the success of  authoritarian populism in Poland”, http://voicesonvalues.dpart.org/index.php/home/blog/15-article-themes/poland/31-not-the-economy-stupid
“Our Trouble with Europe”. In Crossing Points: UK-Poland. Essays, edited by Roy Bacon, London: The British Council, 2018.
„Exploiting political polarization in Poland”.  In Sharp Power: Rising Authoritarian Influence, edited by Christopher Walker and Jessica Ludwig, Washington: National Endowment for Democracy, 2016. 
“Populism and Protest in Poland,” Journal of Democracy, 2016 (27/ 4) (with Joanna Fomina).
“The long shadow of the Kremlin: Polish domestic reactions to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.” In Diverging Voices, Converging Policies: The Visegrad States’ Reactions to the Russia-Ukraine Conflict, edited by Jacek Kucharczyk and Grigorij Mesežnikov, Prague: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 2015.  (with Aleksander Fuksiewicz).
“The Concept of Equality in Poland – Unwanted Relic of Communism or Opportunity for a United Europe?.” In Freedom, Equality, Solidarity. Thoughts on Europe’s Future – from Germany, France and Poland, edited by Joachim Fritz-Vannahme and Armando Garcia Schmidt, Gütersloh: Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2014 (with Aleksandra Niżyńska). 
“Poland’s Foreign policy after the 2010 Presidential Elections”. In Visegrad Elections 2010: Domestic Impact and European Consequences, edited by  Oľga Gyárfášova and Grigorij Mesežnikov, Bratislava: IVO, 2011 (with Agnieszka Łada).
“Poland after 2005 elections: Domestic Discontent or EU Backlash?” In Democracy and Populism in Central Europe: The Visegrad Elections and Their Aftermath, edited by Martin Butora et al., Bratislava: IVO, 2007 (with Joanna Fomina).
“Poland”.  In Transatlantic Relations 2009. European Expectations for the Post-Bush Era, edited by Jan Techau & Alexander Skiba, European Policy Institutes Network, EPIN, Brussels 2008
“Case Study: Poland”.  In Populist Politics and Liberal Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Grigorij Meseznikov, Olga Gyarfasova and Daniel Smilov, Bratislava: IVO, 2008 (with Olga Wysocka).
“Assisting Democratic Transition in Belarus: Lessons from pre-1989 Poland”. In Prospects for Democracy in Belarus, edited by Joerg Forbring, David Marples, Pavol Demes , Bratislava:  German Marshall Fund, 2006.
 “Poland-EU relations in the eyes of Polish society”. In Difficult dialogue. Polish-German community of interests in integrated Europe, edited by Krzysztof Malinowski, Markus Milderberger, Poznań, 2001.
“Class-Club Europe. The Examination of Socio-Political conditions for a Eurosceptic backlash in Poland”, in: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of Political Studies Association, Manchester 2001.
“Polens Weg nach Europa in den Augen der polnishen Offentlichkeit”. In Transit 20, IWM, Vienna 2000.

Policy papers and research reports: 
„Poland: strong on financial transfers, weak on policy commitments”. In Member states’ expectations towards the German Council Presidency, edited by Sophia Russack and Minna Ålander, European Policy Institutes Network, 2020 (co-author).
A neighbourhood with history in the background: a look across the borders. Polish-German Barometer 2020, (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs and Deutsches Polen-Institut, 2020
W stronę krajowego mechanizmu ewaluacji integracji. Diagnoza sytuacji beneficjentów ochrony międzynarodowej w Polsce (Towards national integration evaluation mechanism. Diagnosis of the beneficiaries of international protection in Poland), (co-editor), Institute of Public Affairs, 2019.
Beyond Populism. Tribalism in Poland and Hungary, (co-author), Political Capital, 2018.
Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself? (co-editor and co-author), Demos, 2017. 
New Pact for Europe. National Report – Poland, European Policy Center, 2017.
Frayed Partnership. German Public opinion on Russia (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2016.
Ukrainians look to the West (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2015.
Close together or far apart? Poles, Germans and Russians on the Russia-Ukraine crisis (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2015.
Poland - Ukraine, Polish-Ukrainians. A look across the border (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2013 
European Parliament. Social Trust and Ignorance (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2013. 
Relacje Państwo–Kościół w III RP (Relations between the Church and State in Poland), (editor and co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2013.
Politics and everyday life. The German perspective on Poland and Russia (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2013. 
European Endowment for Democracy - the success of the Polish Presidency? (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2012.
Side by side. How Poles and Lithuanians see one another (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2013.
Not only foreign policy. Polish Members of the Seventh European Parliament. Midterm (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2011. 
People – history – politics. Russian perceptions of Poland and Germany (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2012.
Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum & how to improve it, Institute of Public Affairs, 2011.
European Partnership for Volunteering – an opportunity for the Polish EU-Council Presidency? (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2011.
Strengthening EU Democracy Support as a Task for the Polish Presidency – lessons learnt and challenges ahead (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2011.
A new beginning? Democracy support in EU external relations under the Lisbon Treaty (co-author), PASOS, 2010.
The new transatlantic agenda – a view from Poland,  Institute of Public Affairs, 2009.
Partners in Eastern Promise: A chance for Polish-Czech co-operation, PASOS/IPA, 2009.
Learning from the experience of West-European think tanks: a study in think tank management (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2007.
Monitoring finansowania wyborów prezydenckich w Polsce (Monitoring the Financing of Polish Presidential Elections) (co-author), IPA & Stefan Batory Foundation, 2006.
The Future of The EU Constitutional Treaty – Strategy for Poland, Polish Institute for International Affairs PISM and Institute of Public Affairs, 2006.
Uczciwe Państwo. Propozycje do nowej Strategii Antykorupcyjnej (State of Integrity. Recommendations for a new Anti-Corruption Strategy) (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2005.
Polish Catholic Clergy and EU integration, Institute of Public Affairs, 2003. 
Valuation Study on Strategy for Information and Awareness-raising Campaigns about European Integration in Poland (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2001.
2002 Parliamentary Elections and Poland’s integration with the EU (co-author), Institute of Public Affairs, 2001.
The Abduction of Europe. European Integration in Polish Political Debates 1997 – 1998, Institute of Public Affairs, 1999.

Dr Jacek Kucharczyk - full CV
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