Prof. Kazimierz Musiał – deputy director of the Institute of Scandinavian Studies and Applied Linguistics at the University of Gdansk, Poland. In 1992 he received an MA degree in Scandinavian Studies at Poznań University in Poland for his thesis concerning Danish attitude towards the European Communities. He received a PhD in political science from Humboldt University Berlin in Germany for his work published as Roots of the Scandinavian Model. Images of Progress in the Era of Modernisation (Baden Baden 2002). He has participated and coordinated a number of international research projects, among others in 5th and 6th Framework Programmes: The Baltic Sea Area Studies – Northern Dimension of Europe (Nordeuropa-Institut in Berlin, 2000-2004), and Erasmus Mundus BalticStudyNet-Promoting Baltic Sea Region Higher Education Worldwide (2007-2010). He has published extensively on topics pertaining to identity formation in the Nordic countries and regional development. He has investigated higher education policy in the Nordic countries, which has recently resulted in a book entitled Uniwersytet na miarę swego czasu. Transformacja społeczna w dobie postindustrialnej a zmiany w szkolnictwie wyższym krajów nordyckich [University in the frame of its times. Social transformation in the post-industrial era and changes in higher education in the Nordic countries] (ed. Gdańsk 2013). The book has inaugurated an “Europa Północna” [“Northern Europe”] series of Norden Centrum and the publishing house of Słowo/Obraz Terytoria.
Dr. Rafał Bakalarczyk – graduated PhD at Warsaw University. He also studied political sociology at Dalarna Hogskolan (Sweden). His research interest consists of Scandinavian welfare states, education policy, health-care system, problems of social exclusion and poverty. Secretary editor of the Journal of Social Dialogue “Dialog” (2010-2011) and journal “Problemy Polityki Społecznej” (since 2012). Co-author of a number of reports and analyses (among others for Aleksander Kwasniewski’s Foundation “Amicus Europae”) and books: Jaka Polska 2030 (2010), Szwecja. Przewodnik nieturystyczny (2010).
Dr. Sławomir Czech – Economist, assistant professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Economics in Katowice. Interests include economic history, institutional economics and economic systems of Scandinavian states. Studied at the Jönköping International Business School (2004) as an exchange student in the Socrates-Erasmus Programme. Author of many publications on the economics of the Swedish model, including the monograph Idea over Economy. A Story of the Swedish Model (2013, in Polish).
Wiktoria Michałkiewicz – received a Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies, and Bachelor’s Degree in Swedish Linguistics at the Jagiellonian University, as well as a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology CREOLE: Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes – a Joint Master Programme at 6 European universities, including the Stockholm University. During her studies she conducted the fieldwork among the immigrant community in France (while completing a part of the program at the Université Lumiere Lyon 2), researching about how the theatrical representation of the migrant population changes their stereotypical image. She organized international conferences, research expeditions and congresses in collaboration with main universities and cultural institutions from Poland and Sweden, and was editor in-chief for a scientific quarterly focused on Scandinavian culture. Currently she continues her research on the topics of migration, nation building, new nationalism and mechanisms of exclusion, as well as within the filed of sociology of the language and visual anthropology, when studying a PhD Programme in the Institute of Sociology’s Department of Social Anthropology at the Jagiellonian University. Her doctoral thesis will focus on the metaphor of The People’s Home (folkhemmet), as understood by the political party of the Sweden Democrats.
Dr. Sylwia Daniłowska (Rosocha) – graduated social policy and european studies and received a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science of the University of Warsaw. She is interested in Danish welfare state, especially the concept of flexicurity.
As Director of Services Department at the Activation Foundation and she cooperates with the Polish-Japanese Academy of Technology. The author of articles on the Danish welfare state model and co-author of the books: Społeczeństwa i kultury Europy (2010), Polska prezydencja w Radzie Unii Europejskiej (2011), Europa Socjalna. Iluzja czy rzeczywistość? (2011).
Dr. Agnieszka Dziedziczak-Foltyn – Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Lodz. She is interested in policies of social and economic development and modernization issues. Her research interests include education policy (especially higher education policy), labour market policy and gender equality in higher education. In 2006-2009, she participated in an international research project related to the role and profile of higher education in the European knowledge society (SOCRATES). Since 2009 she has cooperated with the Foundation for Promotion of Entrepreneurship in Lodz as an expert. She is the author of a number of papers about the connection between higher education and labour market, policy and practice of gender equality in higher education and science, and higher education policy in Poland. She is also a co-author (with Dr. Kazimierz Musiał) of two articles comparing higher education systems in Poland and Nordic countries. She is currently working on a book concerning the issue of Polish higher education reforms in public debate.
Dr. Wojciech Lieder – political scientist, graduated PhD at the University of Lodz (Faculty of International and Political Studies; Faculty of Philosophy and History). He also studied at the Higher School of Business and Social Sciences (ISCET) in Porto (2009-2010). He practices at the Consulate General of Poland in Malmö (2011). He cooperates with: University of Southern Denmark in Odense, University of Lund, Malmö University, University of Stockholm and with researchers non-attached in the institutions, residing in Scandinavia. His research interest: Scandinavian models of the welfare state and the ability to use Scandinavian solutions in Poland. In Norden Centrum he also coordinate project on Swedish security policy in transportation.
Kazimierz Popławski – a graduate of the international relations of the Univeristy of Warsaw. He studied as an exchange student in the Univeristy of Tartu, Estonia and in the Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, US. His interests focus on Estonia, but also include Nordic and Baltic countries, as well as the Eastern Europe. He is an author of Przegląd Bałtycki (Baltic Insight / www.przegladbaltycki.pl) online magazine and website about Estonia – www.eesti.pl.
Dr. Monika Sokół-Rudowska – graduate at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She lives in Lillehammer, where she cooperates with regional institution for archival research (Opplandsarkivet avdeling Maihaugen) on a number of projects about Polish migrants in Norway and coorganizes many Polish-Norwegian cultural events. In 2011 she was awarded as the Pole of the Year in Norway (in the “science” category), the title given by the Foundation Teraz Polska.
Klaudia Albercka – graduated in law and Scandinavian studies at the Univeristy of Gdańsk, Poland. In 2012 she defended a master’s thesis in European and comparative law about the democratic deficit in the European Union. In 2013 she defended a bachelor’s thesis about the debate between monarchists and republicans in Sweden (Debatten mellan republikaner och monarkister I Sverige – utvalda aspekter). Participated in the Erasmus Programme at the University of Turku in Finland (2012/2013), where she studied e.g. Baltic Sea Region Studies and legal Swedish language.
Michał Ciesielski – student of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Gdańsk, Poland. Admirer of the Danish language. Member of the Polish department of the General Organization of the fans of Eurovision (Organisation Generale des Amateurs de´l Eurovision – OGAE). In 2010 he participated in a Danish-language course in Helsingør, during his Danish scholarship Kulturaftaler. In 2011 he stayed in a Danish folk high school Uldum Højskole where he collected materials for his BS’ thesis entitled: Danskhed i Danmarks MGP historie (Danishness in the History of the Eurovision Song Festival).
Dr. Kamila Faszcza – a graduate of history at the University of Szczecin and the University of Copenhagen. In 2009 she received a scholarship from the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Denmark in order to conduct research on issues related to Polish-Danish cultural and social relations. Member of the Polish-Scandinavian Institute in Copenhagen. Her research interests include issues of Polish-Scandinavian political, cultural and social relations over the centuries, in particular the Polish-Danish historical contacts and contemporary cooperation. These topics apply to a number of her articles published in such journals as “Studia Maritima”, “Slavica Lundensia”, “Dzieje Najnowsze”, “Przegląd Zachodniopomorski” and “Nautologia”.
Ewa Litke – she received a degree in political science at the Department of International Studies and Political Sciences, University of Łódź. Currently she is a PhD candidate at the Warsaw University. Erasmus student at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu (2010). Her M.A. thesis was devoted to the Finnish foreign policy, now she is working on the doctoral thesis about the Finnish security policy in the regional context. In 2011, she was an intern at the European Parliament in Brussels. Her research interests and publications concentrate on contemporary Scandinavia, with special emphasis on Finland.
Dr. Janina Petelczyc – graduated social policy and received a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science of the University of Warsaw (2015). She is interested in social security, family policy and international comparative social policy. Author of publications for such journals as “Polityka Społeczna”, “Dialog”, also cooperates with F. Lassalle Center for Social Thought and Terra Brasilis Foundation. She is a co-author of a number of analyses and research reports, including for trESS project (Training and Reporting on European Social Security) and for the Institute of Labour and Social Affairs in Warsaw.
Dr. Konrad Prandecki – Assistant Professor at the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Food Economy – National Research Institute. Previously assistant professor and dean at the Faculty of Economy, Academy of Finances in Warsaw. He graduated in international relations at Warsaw School of Economics. In 2006 he defended his PhD thesis on economic and legal aspects of environment protection in Poland. He was a lecturer at a number of foreign universities, among others in Finland. Currently he is the Secretary General of the Polish Association of the Club of Rome, and a member of the Prognosis Committee Poland 2000 Plus at Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The author of a number of articles about energy security, international aspects of environment protection and sustainable development, among others the monography Polityka ochrony środowiska w Unii Europejskiej i jej implementacja w Polsce [Environmental Policy in the European Union and its implementation in Poland] (2008).
Grzegorz Radyński-Figlarz – graduated in social policy at Warsaw University. At Aalborg University (Denmark) he studied social, cultural and economic issues. Participated in several workshops dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship, organised by Aalborg University. His area of interest covers social dialogue (bachelor thesis on social dialogue in Polish industrial relations, master thesis about social dialogue in Danish industrial relations), labour market issues, social research methods and innovation fostering processes.