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University of Silesia in Katowice

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Research Centre for Public Policy and Regulatory Governance



prof. dr hab. Tomasz Pietrzykowski




e-mail: tomasz.pietrzykowski@us.edu.pl

Professor at the Chair of Legal Theory and Philosophy of Law of the University of Silesia in Katowice, graduate of law studies at the University of Silesia (1993–1998) and programme in European and English Law co-organized by the University of Silesia and Cambridge University (1996–1998). He received his cum laude doctoral degree for the thesis on the retroactive operation of law (2003). He received a habilitation in 2012 on the basis of the monograph „Legal intuition. Towards an external integration of legal theory” (Intuicja prawniczna. W stronę zewnętrznej integracji teorii prawa), for which he received the annual Award for the best habilitation thesis in the XLIX Contest of the leading Polish legal journal “Państwo i Prawo” (State and Law). Since 2005, he was admitted to the Regional Chamber of Legal Advisors in Katowice (exam with the 2nd position) and for the next over 20 years has been associated with one of the largest and most renowned Polish legal firms. In the years 2005–2007 he occupied the position of a Silesian Voivode (head of governmental administration in the region). He was a scholarship fellow of US State Department and the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation; vice chairman of the National Ethics Committee for Animal Testing of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education within 2009–2016 (currently a member of this commission), since 2016 – vice chairman of the Bioethics Committees of the Silesian Medical Chamber as well as the Silesian Medical University. Tomasz Pietrzykowski is a member of a number of expert teams and advisory bodies, including the Advisory Board of the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Katowice, the chairman of the Social and Economic Council of the Silesian Metropolitan Union as well as a member of the Team of Legal Experts of the Stefan Batory Foundation in Warsaw. Participant of legislative and expert works on many laws and normative acts. Advisor to the president of Katowice a/o for restitution claims of the Giesche SA company (2008–2014) and for preparation and implementation of metropolitan legal instruments. Since 2016 vice-rector for the domestic and international cooperation of the University of Silesia in Katowice.

Chosen book publications:

  • „Personhood Beyond Humanism. Animals, Chimeras, Autonomous Agents and the Law”, Springer International Publishers 2018
  • „Naturalizm i granice nauk prawnych” (Naturalism and legal science limits) Wolters Kluwer, Warsaw 2017
  • „Legal Personhood: Animals, Artificial Intelligence and the Unborn” (co-ed. V. Kurki), Springer International Publishers, 2017
  • „Ludzkie, niezbyt ludzkie. Esej o podmiotowości prawnej I wyzwaniach XXI-wieku” (Humane, not too humane. Essay on legal personality and challenges of the XXI century), The Publishing House of University of Silesia, Katowice 2016
  • „New Approaches to the Personhood in Law” (co-ed. B. Stancioli), Peter Lang, Frankfurt a.M. 2016
  • „Ujarzmianie Lewiatana. Szkice o idei rządów prawa” (Subjugation of Lewiatan. Drafts on the idea of the rule of law), The Publishing House of University of Silesia, Katowice 2014
  • „Intuicja prawnicza. W stronę zewnętrznej integracji teorii prawa” (Legal intuition. Towards an external integration of the theory of law), Difin Publishing House, Warsaw 2012
  • „Etyka w administracji publicznej” (Ethics in public administration) (co-ed. I. Bogucka), Lexis Nexis, Warsaw 2012
  • „Podstawy prawa intertemporalnego. Zmiany przepisów a problemy stosowania prawa” (Basics of interim law. Amendment of provisions and problems with law application), Lexis Nexis, Warsaw 2011
  • „Etyczne problemy prawa”, Lexis Nexis, Warsaw 2011

Deputy director

dr hab. Agnieszka Turska-Kawa, prof. UŚ

AGNIESZKA TURSKA-KAWA, PhD, Associate Professor



e-mail: agnieszka.turska-kawa@us.edu.pl

head of the Institute of Political Science of the University of Silesia in Katowice. She graduated in two faculties – political science and psychology, which are consistently joined within her scientific and research works.

an author of dozens of articles covering the issues of electoral behaviours, especially their psychological determinants, political leadership and civic competence. She is a coordinator and executor of numerous scientific and research grants (a/o Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, National Centre of Science and the Ministry of Regional Development). She also pursues her scientific passions in an organisational way as the president of dynamically operating Electoral Research Section at the Polish Political Science Association, president of the IPSO ORDO Academic Foundation which establishes vast cooperation with local governments and editor in chief of the ”Political Preferences” magazine. Member of the European Consortium for Political Research and American Political Science Association. She is also a scholarship holder of the Minister of Science and Higher Education for exceptional young scientists (2018–1019).

Current scientific and research works:

  • Polish delegate in Management Committee COST Action CA15207 “Professionalisation and Social Impact of European Political Science”. Scientific and research works are conducted within the “Social impact, media visibility and participation of Political Science in public sphere” group (2016–2020)
  • “Psychological determinants of civic competences” – international project within the cooperation with Babes-Bolyai University (since 2016)
  • Intergovernmental Media Relations and Agenda Building During the Smolensk Airline Crash, University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications (since 2016)

Chosen publications:

  • „Korupcja polityczna” (Political corruption) (2017), Katowice: IPSO ORDO Academic Foundation (co-author: Waldemar Wojtasik)
  • „Centrality of Religiosity versus Civic Involvement. The Case of Poland” (2018), „Communist and Post-Communist Studies” vol. 51 (1)
  • „Determinanty chwiejności wyborczej” (Determinants of electoral volatility) (2015), Katowice: Publishing House of University of Silesia
  • „Osobowościowe uwarunkowania zachowań wyborczych. Studium województwa śląskiego” (Personal determinants of electoral behaviours) (2013), Toruń: Adam Marszałek Publishing House
  • „Voters’ Personalities and Ideal Party’s Personality. Evidence from Poland” (2015), „Romanian Journal of Political Science”, vol. 15, no 1 (co-author: Irena Pilch)
  • „The Specificity Of Electoral Volatility In European Parliamentary Elections” (2014), „Political Preferences” nr 9/2014, s. 181–192
  • „Big Five Personality Traits Model in Electoral Behaviour Studies” (2013) „Romanian Journal of Political Science”, vol. 13, no. 2, s. 69–107

Senior Researchers


Institute of Political Science

e-mail: anna.mus@us.edu.pl

Assistant professor at the Institute of Political Science of the University of Silesia in Katowice. Formerly a student of Collegium of Individual Interdisciplinary Studies. She graduated in two faculties: law and political science. She received her cum laude doctoral degree for the thesis on ethnic identity and political behaviours of Upper Silesians (2019). As a student, she took part in 2016 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Later, she has been developing her research interests abroad during her mobility financed by Erasmus + staying at NISE (National Movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe in Antwerp) and ECMI (European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg). She also stayed at Slezská univerzita v Opavě to study ethnoregionalist movement in Moravia and Opava Silesia.




Institute of Sociology

e-mail: lukasz.trembaczowski@us.edu.pl

Assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Silesia in Katowice. His research interests cover sociology of work, economic sociology and just transition. For many years, he was studying in the field of trust and risk. Author of numerous articles, author and co-author of five books and editor of edited volumes. He is also a scientific coordinator of the Just Transition Research Group at the University of Silesia in Katowice and a member of Just Transition Research Collaborative at UNSDP. Co-author of the report Propozycje rekomendacji dla obszaru sprawiedliwa transformacja prepared for the Ministry of Climate (2020). Research cooridinator and research team member in numerous research projects for Marshal Office of Silesia, Office of the Voivode of Silesia, Town Hall of Katowice and others.


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