Staff

image001Tomasz Błasiak
International expert in the field of elections and democratization with ten years overseas experience gained during missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal, Palestine, Lebanon and Liberia. As a practitioner in the field of Election Operations, Field Support and Logistics he has led or co-managed several UN, OSCE and IFES operations in the post conflict and fragile states. He has participated in several election observation missions. Since 2005 he has collaborated closely with the Tischner European University where he teaches and participates in a number of development and educational cross border projects. Author of several documentary movies about Afghanistan and photo exhibits about everyday life in the conflict zones. (Teaches Democratization and Elections module).


image002Katarzyna Czaplicka
Holds a PhD from Poznan University of Economics, currently working at the University of Warsaw. Her research is broadly concerned with socio-economic development and in recent times her interests have focused on development cooperation. In this context she is particularly interested in political and economical determinants of development aid for Sub-Saharan Africa in post cold-war period. Additionally she has cooperated with many Polish and international NGOs focused on development and global education issues. She is also the President of Global Development Research Group ? a Polish development think-tank. (Teaches part of the Introduction to Development module)

image003Agata Czaplińska
Head of Implementation Unit at the Development Cooperation Department of the Polish MFA, where she is in charge of implementation of Polish aid program. Her main duties consist in managing the process of contracting of development projects to be carried out in partner countries and monitoring their results. Before joining the MFA she worked with non-governmental and intergovernmental development organizations. (Teaches part of the Introduction to Development module)



image004Szymon Czarnik
Lecturer in the Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University, and the Tischner European University. Received his Ph.D. from Jagiellonian University in 2007 with a dissertation Justice and Equality in Division of Earned Goods based on experimental study of income redistribution. Teaches classes in methods of empirical social research and statistical data analysis. Besides methodological topics, his fields of interest include game theory and praxeology. As a consultant and analyst he has participated in many research projects. He has also translated a number of books, by authors like Ludwig von Mises, Richard Pipes, Hernando de Soto, and Thomas Sowell. (Teaches Research Methods module)

image005Aleksander Dańda
Received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Jagiellonian University. During his doctoral studies he was a visiting scholar at the University of London (Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Institute of Advanced Legal Studies). Presently, is a member of the faculty at the Tischner European University in Krakow ? a lecturer in International Relations and Security Studies. He is also a project consultant for Peace and Development Studies specialisation at the TEU. His main research areas include: history of colonialism, th political systems of Anglo-Saxon states, 20 century geopolitics and problems of contemporary international security. (Teaches part of the Conflict Resolution and Institutional Development module)

image006Andrzej Dylong
Holds a Master?s Degree in Political Science and a Doctoral Degree in Military Science. Lt. Col. Dylong is the Chief of CIMIC Branch in Polish Armed Forces Operational Command. He joined the army in 1987, and having graduated from officer training school, joined the 6th Air Assault Brigade where he held positions from platoon leader to Air Assault Group Commander, as well as staff positions. In 2002, he was appointed to serve as a coordinating officer in the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps in Istanbul. After three years he returned to Poland, and assumed his position in the Polish CIMIC Support Unit as the Group Commander. So far he has taken part in four missions abroad ? initially, as a UN Peace Keeper in UNDOF and then also in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. (Teaches part of the Conflict Resolution and Institutional Development module)

image005Jónína Einarsdóttir
Received her PhD in Anthropology from Stockholm University, Sweden. She is Professor of Anthropology and responsible for MA programme in development studies at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, as well as being the faculty vice-dean. She is chairman for the Research Committee for The School of Social Sciences, University of Iceland. She is a member of the Advisory Board of  Unicef in Iceland, the Assessment Committee for the Secretariat for Research Cooperation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Programme and Research Council for the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. Prof. Einarsdóttir main fields of research interests are medical anthropology, anthropology of children and development studies. Prof. Einarsdóttir has conducted extensive fieldwork in Guinea-Bissau and Iceland, and had shorter assignments in Mozambique and Malawi. Within development studies, failed states are her main theme of focus. Currently, she is involved in research in Guinea-Bissau on aid history and democracy, and fieldwork on child trafficking in collaboration with Unicef is planned. (Teaches part of the Introduction to Development module)
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Grzegorz Gruca

Graduate of the Catholic Theology Academy, Politics and Sociology Sciences Department in Warsaw. He worked as an Executive Manager and Consultant at numerous companies and in 1995-1997 he was a Liaison Coordinator by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee office in Warsaw. Since 2002 he has been a Steering Committee member of the Trialog (project raising awareness of development issues in the enlarged EU) and in 2003 he was appointed by the Prime Minister a member of the NGOs? Counselling Body concerning EU enlargement. He also is a member of the Polish Fundraising Association, EU Concord working group, Grupa Zagranica (NGDO) Executive Board, and, as the CentrumCSR.pl member, plays an active role in designing projects creating CSR schemes in Poland . He is a Member of the Board and Fundraising Director at the Polish Humanitarian Organization. (Teaches part of the Humanitarian Assistance module)

image005Magdalena Góra
Earned her degree in Political Science from the Jagiellonian University (MA 2000). Her Ph.D. (2007) was on the relations between Poland and Israel after the Second World War. She studied in the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford University, Great Britain and in the Cambridge Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge University, Great Britain (Post-Graduate Diploma in Jewish- Christian Relations 2005). In 2006 she was a visiting research fellow in the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, United States and at Haifa University, Israel. She is a researcher dealing with the problems of identity formation and enlargement within the RECON (Reconstituting Democracy in Europe) Integrated Project supported by the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme. (Teaches part of the Introduction to Peace Studies module)

image006Cheikh Gueye
Holds a PhD in philosophy. His specialisation is Ancient philosophy, particularly Stoicism. His research interests are intercultural, interreligious dialogue, philosophical anthropology, human rights, peace. His publications include Late Stoic Cosmopolitanism: Foundations and Relevance (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2006), and Peace and Intercultural Dialogue, ed. (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2005). Currently he works at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein, in the Research Centre for Peace and Human Dignity which deals with: Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue, Peace, Human Rights. (Teaches part of the Introduction to Peace Studies module)

image005Kordian Kochanowicz
Graduated from the Krakow University of Economics and the postgraduate programme European Master in International Humanitarian Action (Network on Humanitarian Assistance ? NOHA). He specializes in international relations, management in nonprofits and management of assistance projects. He was granted a scholarship in Colombia under the Erasmus Mundus scheme for research in monitoring and evaluation of assistance projects in complex humanitarian emergency. He worked as a volunteer, coordinator and trainer for a few years in NGOs in Poland including: Federation of Food Banks, Polish Humanitarian organization, the GLEN program (Global Education Network of Young Europeans). Recently, he worked for Caritas in Colombia in the area of internal management and systems of evaluation of projects. Currently he is an independent researcher and trainer working for the Institute of Global Responsibility (IGO).(Teaches part of the Humanitarian Assistance module)


image006Monika Krzepkowska
Is responsible for the development cooperation portfolio within the Political Section of the European Commission's Representation in Poland. She reports to Brussels on the progress of the discussion in this field in Poland as well as liaising between the Commission and local partners. In the past, she has worked for an international development NGO, running a project to introduce New Member States (EU10) to the theme of development cooperation. (Teaches part of the Introduction to Development module)

image005Karolina Nessel
Is an associated professor at the Tischner European University in Krakow and lecturer at the Jagiellonian University. She completed her PhD thesis in economics at the Paris-Sorbonne University under the supervision of Patrick Artus and holds a MSc in International Economics and Economics of Development from the Paris-Sorbonne University. She is a supervisor of the Peace and Development Student Society. (Teaches part of the Introduction to Development module)

 

image006Rafał Prostak
Graduated from the Wroclaw University and the Jagiellonian University; Ph.D. in Political Science, a lecturer of the Tischner European University in Krakow; author of a monograph On Justice. The Communitarian Critique of Contemporary American Liberalism (Jagiellonian University Press) and many articles on contemporary American political philosophy and the constitutional protection of fundamental rights in the United States of America; since 2006 dean of the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Tischner European University. (Teaches part of the Humanitarian Assistance module)

image005Beata Ristowska
Director of Field Missions and Emergency Relief Department of Polish Humanitarian Organisation (Polska Akcja Humanitarna). Born in 1964 in Gdansk. MA in Slavic Philology, Postgraduate Studies in Linguistics and International Relations. Six years experience in the field of Human Rights working as a Human Rights Officer in the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and UN Mission in Liberia. Five years working experience with Polish Humanitarian Organisation, firstly as a Chief of Refugee Counseling Center and currently as a Chief of Field Missions and Emergency Relief Department. (Teaches part of the Humanitarian Assistance module)

image006Łukasz Kamieński
Earned his degrees in Political Science from the Jagiellonian University in 2000 and in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc in IR, 2001). In 2003 he was a visiting research fellow in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In 1999 he was a researcher at the Oxford University under the Stefan Batory and Foreign and Commonwealth Office fellowship Program. Currently he teaches at Tischner and is also a co-ordinator of the MA in TransAtlantic Studies Program at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University. His main academic interests are: strategic studies (theory and philosophy of war, Western and Non-western ways of warfare, nuclear strategy, asymmetrical warfare, revolutions in military affairs, post-modern terrorism) and theories of International Relations. (Teaches part of the Introduction to Peace Studies module)

image005Ewa Krupnik
Received Ph.D. at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow, 2008. She lectures on19th Century History at The Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow. Her primary substantive interests are the First World War and contemporary charitable institutions. Ewa Krupnik is also an author of popular academic articles about the People's Republic of Poland. (Teaches part of the Research Methods and Other Aspects of PDS)



image006Robert Łuczak
Graduated from University of Warsaw with a double MA degree in Human Geography and in Physical Geography. He also received an MA in Society and Culture from the University of Lancaster. In 2008 he finished PhD studies in Human Geography. In 2006/2007 he was a Fulbright Fellow. His research interests are focused on various aspects of globalization, development issues with special emphasis on urban and regional development and spatial dimension of social and economic processes. He is engaged in global development studies and global studies at University of Warsaw. (Teaches part of the Introduction to Development module)

image005Konrad Pędziwiatr
Lecturer and project coordinator of the Peace and Development Studies at the Tischner European University. Sociologist and anthropologist by training (Jagiellonian University, University of Exeter and University of Oxford) holding a PhD in Social Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). Former researcher at the University of Bradford (UK) and Jagiellonian University. Author of a monograph 'From the Islam of Immigrants to the Islam of Citizens: Muslims in the Countries of Western Europe' (Nomos 2005, 2007) and numerous other academic and other publications on different aspects of international migration, multiculturalism, citizenship, religious fundamentalism and social movements. Polish national coordinator of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. (Teaches part of the Introduction to Peace Studies module)

image006Aeddan Shaw
Having completed a B.A. hons degree in Philosophy and English at York University, Aeddan did the natural thing for all philosophers and became an English teacher. A DELTA qualified CELTA trainer, he has extensive experience of teaching, training and ELT management in Poland, Italy, the UK and Canada. Having completed his M.A. on the problem of multi-level classes, somewhat surprisingly he continues to be interested in this phenomenon and its potential solutions as well as teaching methodology at tertiary level, the Polish state system of education and teaching techniques in the developing world. He currently works for TEU as the Vice Director for Modern Foreign Languages, where he heads the English section, having helped to set up the centre in 2006. (Teaches Presentation Skills and Academic and Report Writing)

image005David Skully
American economist living in Krakow since 2007. Most recently he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Dhaka, Bangladesh (2006-2007) where he lectured in BRAC University?s Economics Department and helped develop the research program at the University?s Institute for Governance Studies. He worked on a variety of topics including, WTO- and agricultural-trade-related issues; agricultural policy reform in Latin America, North Africa and Oceania; the impact and political economy of food aid; and the problems of food selfsufficiency in Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a PhD and MA in economics from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) and a BA in history from Reed College (Portland, OR). His research interests include rationing and sorting processes (e.g., quotas, admission criteria, quality standards); total factor productivity analysis; economic and social history; and trying to understand the current financial and economic crises. (Teaches part of the Introduction to Development module)

image006Lars Petter Soltvedt
Associate Professor of Political Science of Political Science at Buskerud Universit College. His Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan. Lars Petter Soltvedt for 8 years has been the program director of the study of human rights, multiculturalism and conflict management in Drammen, Norway. For the past three years he has been teaching these subjects in Northern Iraq. Main areas of activities are: research, teaching and dissemination of knowledge on Human Rights, poverty and development. Affiliated with CROP (Comparative Research Program on Poverty) which is international NGO initiated by the International Social Science Council (ISSC), consists of researchers from all over the world. CROP?s major aim is to produce sound and reliable knowledge, which can serve as the basis for poverty reduction. (Teaches part of the Research Methods and Other Aspects of PDS)

image005Jan Strycharz
A young academic who holds an MA in Public Policy from Heritage School of Governance. He has a particular interest in ways of joining academic inquiry with practical applications. He is interested mainly in public policy (policies of education), good governance, strategic management, and political economy, but also in philosophy, political philosophy and ethics. He has worked for various NGO?s on the national as well as an international level dealing with educational activities on the one hand and organizational structures on the other. Besides teaching he is involved in research and analytical activities in one of the regional think-tanks in Krakow. (Teaches part of the Conflict Resolution and Institutional Development module)

image006Jan Szczyciński
Graduated from the International Relations Institute at the University of Warsaw and the Virtual Development Academy of UNDP/ Jones International University . Expert of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the biggest UN agency supporting fight against poverty. In 2002-2008 he held the position of the Communications Officer/Spokesperson of UNDP in Poland . In 2000-2002 he worked as a journalist for the nationwide financial daily ?Law and Economy?. Co-author and manager of the public campaign ? Poland is a Paradise? on the role of Poland as a donor country, as well as a campaign on development in all 12 new member states of EU. Involved in raising awareness on the Millennium Development Goals and development in Poland and abroad. (Teaches part of the Introduction to Development module)

image005Patrick Vaughan
Specializes in the history of the Cold War and America 's use of ?soft power? to achieve its foreign policy aims in the 1970s which helped turn the tide of the Soviet-American conflict. In 1999 Vaughan published an article in the Polish Review examining Zbigniew Brzezinski's role in helping the Carter Administration deter a potential Soviet invasion of Poland in late 1980. This work won the Southern Historical Association's John Snell Memorial Award and quickly opened a number of doors for the scholar. His main areas of interest are: Cold War history, U.S. foreign policy 1917-to present, human rights after Helsinki Final Act, the use of "soft power" in bringing about U.S. foreign policy interests. (Teaches part of the Introduction to Peace Studies module)

image006Joanna Żeber
Political scientist with an expertise in the field of ethno-nationalist conflicts. Graduate from the London School of Economics with a Master's in Conflict Studies and from the Tischner European University with a BA in International Relations. Conducts research on national minorities and the situation of IDPs in the South Caucasus, the nationalist and ethnic conflict resolution, global political economy of development as well as the phenomenon of democratic revolutions in the post-Communist region. Has published in ?Central Asia ? Caucasus Analyst?, ?Tygodnik Powszechny? and monthly ?Znak? and has done a research internship with the European Centre for Minority Issues in Georgia . Co-maker of a documentary on political transformation in the post-Communist region for Polish Public TV. (Teaches part of the Conflict Resolution and Institutional Development module)

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