Pawel Swianiewicz – professor of economics at University of Warsaw, Polish President’s adviser on local government issues. Since 2006 he has been a Head of the Department of Local Development and Policy at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw. Since 2002 he has been a member of the Executive Board of European Urban Research Association (EURA) and from 2005 to 2010 he was a President of the EURA Board. His research and teaching focus on decentralization, local government finance, local politics and policy-making, with a special focus on Poland and comparative analysis of Central and East European countries. He has been extensively involved as a consultant of Council of Europe, British DFID, UNDP and Open Society Institute projects in several countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He was a research fellow in the School of Advanced Urban Studies, University of Bristol (1990) and in the Norwegian Centre for Organization and Management, University of Bergen (1994). In 1993 he was a senior Fulbright scholar at University of Chicago. In 1995-2001 he was a director of the British Know How Fund Local Government Assistance Programme in Poland.
Marte Winsvold (Ph.D. in political science) is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR) in Oslo and a researcher in the Institute for Social Research in Oslo. Her research focus is on the governmental and institutional conditions for climate change adaptation. Winsvold has participated in several projects on climate change adaptation, and she is currently the coordinator of the strategic NIBR program on challenges for governance and planning in cities and municipalities.
Adam Gendzwill (Ph.D. in sociology, M.A. in human geography), since 2012 academic assistant in the Department of Local Development and Policy, University of Warsaw. In the Institute of Sociology he completed his dissertation on the anti-party syndrome in Poland after 1989. He was Fulbright visiting researcher in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University (Evanston, USA). His research interests comprise political parties, local politics, local elections, new forms of political representation in democracies and survey methodology. Apart from POLCITCLIM he is currently working in three research projects (focused on: disproportionality in local elections, inter-municipal cooperation and relationship between size and efficiency of local governments). Since 2013 he is involved in COST Action Local Public Sector Reforms – An International Comparison.
Jørn Holm-Hansen (Ph.D. in political science) is a senior researcher at the Institute for Urban and Regional Research in Oslo. His main research focus is on political development and reform of policy fields in EU’s Eastern countries and Russia. He is currently leading a project on climate adapation in Russian cities and a project on the reforms in the Russian welfare system.
Jan Erling Klausen (Ph.D. in political science) is an Associate Professor at the University of Oslo and a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research in Oslo. His research focus is on issues related to climate change, environmental politics and resource management. Klausen has participated in several comparative European projects on climate change adaptation, sustainability policy, urban governance and regional innovation. He is currently the coordinator of a project on Norway’s implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive.
Joanna Krukowska, assistant professor at the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, Department of Local Development and Policy. In 2014 she completed a Ph.D. on the differentiation of regional investment policies co-financed through European Cohesion Policy in Poland. She worked also at the Ministry of Regional Development (2010-2011). Interested in European policies and their impact on regional and local planning. Member of several research projects (i.a. Local Governments as Beneficiaries of the Sectoral Operating Programmes; Distressed Neighbourhoods in Policies of Polish cities; Inter-municipal cooperation – economic and political dimension).
Marta Lackowska, assistant professor at the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, Department of Local Development and Policy. She worked also at the Darmstadt University of Technology (Germany) in a German-Israeli research project on metropolitan governance (2008-2010). She is interested in urban politics and governance, intermunicipal cooperation, metropolitan governance, local participation, territorial identity, territorial marketing, Europeanisation studies, regional policy, rescaling. She participated in international and national research projects (i.a. Social Cohesion, Trust and Participation: Social Capital, Social Policy and Social Cohesion in the European Union and Candidate Countries, realized within EU VI Framework; Submunicipal governments in management of large cities; Improvement of strategies of education management on local and regional level). She is closely linked to European Urban Research Association (EURA) – 2009-2010 she was responsible for EURA Secretariat and EURA Newsletter.
Gro Sandkjær Hanssen (Ph.D) is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research in Oslo. Her research focus is on urban planning, multi-level governance and local climate change adaptation. Hanssen has participated in several projects on urban planning and climate change adaptation, and she is currently leading the comparative project Governing risk society: Increasing local adaptive capacity by planning and learning networks (GOVRISK), financed by the Norwegian Research Council. Here institutional conditions for local climate change adaptation in Norway, Sweden and Germany is compared, as well as how municipalities and cities actually use planning and learning networks in their adaptation work.
Natalia Szajewska, Ph.D. student at the Department of Local Development and Policy (Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw). Her main research interest and the topic of Ph.D. dissertation is the phenomenon of shrinking cities. She examines how Polish local governments perceive demographic changes and how they adapt to this challenge. She likes climbing and hiking in the mountains and backpacking all around the world.
Katarzyna Szmigiel-Rawska (Ph.D. in Earth sciences), since 2007 assistant professor at the at Department of Local Policy and Development, University of Warsaw. Local and regional governments’ adviser, research projects manager and participant. Author of numerous papers, books and textbook for public administration. Lately involved in functional urban areas strategic planning processes in Polish cities. Member of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA). Her research and teaching focus on internationalization of local and regional government, territorial co-operation as well as collaborative management and strategic planning on regional and local level of administration.