Team

Board of Directors

 



Dr hab. Beata Surmacz
Director of ICE

Doctor with habilitation in political science. Professor at the Department of International Relations, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Research interests: Polish eastern policy, Polish-Ukrainian relations; contemporary diplomacy. Author of numerous scientific papers and books including: Modern Polish-Ukrainian Relations. Politological Analysis of the Good-Neighborliness Treaty, Lublin 2002, and The Evolution of Contemporary Diplomacy. Actors-Structures, Functions, Lublin 2015.

Tomasz Stępniewski

Dr hab. Tomasz Stępniewski
Deputy Director of ICE for Research and Analyses

Political scientist and legal scholar. Doctor with habilitation in political science. Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Affairs of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Between 2007 and 2016 Assistant Professor at the Institute of East-Central Europe in Lublin. Between 2010 and 2016, the Secretary of the Institute’s Scientific Council. Research interests:  international relations in East-Central Europe and in the CIS; Russia’s impact upon the situation of post-Soviet states; Polish and the EU Eastern policy. Author of several scientific papers, author and co-editor of numerous books.



Andrzej Deryło
Deputy Director of ICE for Administration and Finance

 

Research and Analyses

Department of the Balkans

 



Dr hab. Konrad Pawłowski
Head, Department of the Balkans

Political scientist and legal scholar. Doctor with habilitation in political science. Assistant professor at the Department of International Relations, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Research interests: political history of South-East Europe, the role and significance of the Balkans in international relations, domestic and international disputes and conflicts in Southeast Europe, peace process in the former Yugoslavia, the foreign policy of the Balkan states and the evolution of international relations in Southeast Europe. Author of several scientific papers discussing the historical and contemporary matters of political, social, economic and cultural relations in Southeast Europe, as well as monographs: Kosovo. Conflict and Intervention, Lublin 2008; Serbian-Albanian Conflict in Kosovo between 1999 and 2014. Description, Determinants and Forms of Social Conflict, Lublin 2016; Kosovo’s Statehood. Genesis, Determinants, the Present, Lublin 2018.

konrad.pawlowski@ies.lublin.pl

 

Agata Domachowska, PhD
Senior Analyst, Department of the Balkans

Political scientist and philologist. Doctor in political science (Faculty of Political Science and International Relations of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń). Assistant Professor at the Department of Balkan Studies of the Faculty of Languages, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Research interests: political changes in Southeast Europe, European integration of Western Balkans, international relations in Southeast Europe, Balkan diasporas and the politics of memory. Author of scientific papers and
books on the Balkans.

agata.domachowska@ies.lublin.pl



Jan Muś, PhD
Senior Analyst, Department of the Balkans

Doctor in jurisprudence, political scientist, expert in the field of international relations, permanent court mediator. Graduate of the Faculty of Law at the Lazarski University, University of Aberdeen (LLM, European and international law) and Maastricht University (PhD, constitutional law). His work experience encompasses the academia, public administration, research institutions, and the private sector. Author of several publications devoted to Southeast Europe. Research interests: modern international and economic relations in the Balkans.

jan.mus@ies.lublin.pl

 

Department of the Baltics

 



Dr Aleksandra Kuczyńska-Zonik
Head, Department of the Baltics

Doctor in political science, doctor in humanities in the field of archeology. Between 2015 and 2018, Assistant Professor at the Institute of East-Central Europe in Lublin. Laureate of the Mobility Plus program. Between 2016 and 2017conducted research project at Vilnius University. Research interests: politics and security
in East-Central Europe and post-Soviet space, the Baltic states, Russian minority, Soviet heritage. Author of several scientific publications.

kuczynska.zonik@ies.lublin.pl



Dr Damian Szacawa
Senior Analyst, Department of the Baltics

Doctor in political science, Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Vice-president of European Studies of the Polish Association for International Studies, and a member of European International Studies Association (EISA), Polish Association for European Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Research Group for the Study of Nordic-Baltic Europe and the Arctic. Author and co-author of several scientific publications on  international cooperation, international organizations and international security, with special focus upon the Baltic Sea region and East-Central Europe.

damian.szacawa@ies.lublin.pl



Dominik Wilczewski
Senior Analyst, Department of the Baltics

Political scientist, graduate of the Institute of Political Science of the University of Warsaw. Doctoral student at the Faculty of History and Sociology of the University of Bialystok. Work experience includes public and university administration. Reporter and publicist since 2010. Between 2011 and 2016, co-author of the „Program Bałtycki” radio broadcast (The Baltics Program) in Radio WNET. Editor and author of “Przegląd Bałtycki” website (The Baltics Review) since 2015. Research interests: political history and the politics of memory in the independent Lithuania, political system of Lithuania, Polish-Lithuanian relations. Author of papers on politics, history and social matters associated with the Baltic states, Lithuania, and Polish-Lithuanian relations.

dominik.wilczewski@ies.lublin.pl

 

 

Porttrt M. Gołebiowskiej

Marlena Gołębiowska

Analyst, Department of the Baltics

Economist and political scientist. PhD in social sciences candidate in the area of economic sciences at the Faculty of Economics, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Research interests: macroeconomy, especially the role of the state in its economy. Author of academic papers devoted to the economies of Central and Eastern European countries. Gained professional experience as a journalist.

marlena.golebiowska@ies.lublin.pl

Department of Eastern Europe

 



Dr Jakub Olchowski
Head, Department of Eastern Europe

Doctor in political science. Assistant Professor at the Department of International Security of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Long-term cooperation experience with NGOs and media, expert at the Center of Eastern Europe of Maria Curie Skłodowska University. Author and co-author of several dozen scientific publications and several hundred press articles. Participant and coordinator of projects delivered in cooperation with universities in Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia and Ukraine. In research focuses on international organizations, evolution of international security, and ethnic relations and cultural identity, especially in East and Central Europe.

jakub.olchowski@ies.lublin.pl



Dr Hanna Bazhenova
Senior Analyst, Department of Eastern Europe

Historian and juridical scholar. Doctor of History in the field of general history (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv) and Doctor of Humanities
in the field of history (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin). From 2013–2018, Assistant Professor at the Institute of East-Central Europe in Lublin. Participant in many international conferences and seminars. Scholarship programs: Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto), Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and Institut d’études slaves in Paris. Research interests: the domestic and foreign policy and the political system of Ukraine; politics of history and politics of memory in Russia and Ukraine; history of Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Author of numerous publications, including Russian and Polish editions of monograph Historians of the Warsaw Imperial University 1869-1915: Education, Science and Politics, Lublin 2014 oraz Lublin 2016.

anna.bazhenova@ies.lublin.pl

 

 

Portret A. Szabaciuka

dr Andrzej Szabaciuk
Senior Analyst, Department of Eastern Europe

Historian and political scientist. PhD in humanities in the area of history (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University). Lecturer at the Department of Eastern Studies, Institute of Political Science and Public Administration, John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin. Intern at the Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences (2013), and the Ukrainian Catholic University (2013). Visiting fellow at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA (2019). Research interests: international relations within the post-soviet area, security of the Eastern European region, migration, ethnic and religious policies, situation of national and religious minorities in the East and the role of the Catholic Church in the sociopolitical life of the countries of the former Eastern Bloc.

andrzej.szabaciuk@ies.lublin.pl

 

Department of the Visegrad Group

 



Dr Agata Tatarenko
Head, Department of the Visegrad Group

Historian and culture expert. Doctor in humanities in the field of history (the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin). Between 2015 and 2018, Assistant Professor at  the Institute of East-Central Europe. Research interests: memory studies, Culture of Remembrance in East-Central Europe, post-1939 history of Central Europe.  Author of a monograph on oral history Sharing memory. Theory and Practical Aspects of Oral History and several scientific papers.

agata.tatarenko@ies.lublin.pl

 

Szczepan Czarnecki
Analyst, Department of the Visegrad Group

Graduate of Slavonic studies and sociology at Maria Curie Skłodowska University. Doctoral student in political science (Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin). Scholarship holder at universities in the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and the Russian Federation. Research interests:  political transformation of countries in Central Europe, energy policies, issues of democratization and Europeanization of Central-European states.

szczepan.czarnecki@ies.lublin.pl

 



Dr Dominik Héj
Senior Analyst, Department of the Visegrad Group

Political scientist specializing in Hungary-related issues. Doctor in political science. Faculty member at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw since 2013. Editor-in-chief of www.kropka.hu, a website devoted to Hungarian politics. Author of expert’s reports, scientific papers and pieces of journalism pertaining to  Hungary. Research interests: political and party systems, Hungarian political history and politics of memory.

dominik.hejj@ies.lublin.pl



Dr Łukasz Lewkowicz
Senior Analyst, Department of the Visegrad Group

Political scientist. Doctor in political science. Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Thought, Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin. Research interests: modern Polish-Slovak relations, Slovakia’s foreign policy, domestic and foreign politics of the V4 states, cross-border cooperation in Central Europe, political communication, geopolitical thought. An intern at the Polish Embassy in Bratislava. In addition, he did research internships in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Lithuania. Author of  scientific papers and books, including an monograph Euroregions at the Polish-Slovak borderland. Genesis and functioning, Lublin 2013.

lukasz.lewkowicz@ies.lublin.pl

 

Administration and Finance Department

 



Magdalena Jarosz

 



Agata Domańska-Okoń

 

 



Anna Paprocka

 



Andrzej Koma

 



Agnieszka Zajdel

 



Paweł Jarosz

Agata Kojder

Agata Kojder