Research team

Head of research

Prof. Anna Pacześniak
Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wrocław and Lecturer at the Free University of Brussels, as well at Children‘ University in Wrocław. She received the Scholarship for Excellence Wallonia-Brussels International for the years 2016-2017. Member of editorial board: „The Copernicus Journal of Political Studies” and „ETE Working Papers“, member of advisory board: „Connexe - Les espaces postcommunistes en question(s) “ and „Danubia politica“. She is author and co-author of recent publications: Comprendre la Pologne. Société, politique et institutions (Paris 2016), in Polish: Process of integration and disintegration in Europe (Wroclaw 2014), Europeanisation of Polish political parties (Warsaw 2014), European political scene and their actors (Torun 2014), Political parties in Poland and Europe. Structures, functions, strategies in the changing entourage (Torun 2013), People of the party - idealists or pragmatists? (Warsaw 2011), Europeanisation - mechanisms, dimensions, results (Torun 2010, 2014), Populism in Europe - failure and symptom of democracy (Warsaw 2010). Her research interests include Europeanisation of political parties and civil society, internal life of political parties, electoral defeats.

Research co-investigators

Dr Barbara Brodzińska – Mirowska
Assistant Professor in Department of Journalism and Social Communication in Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Author of articles related to permanent communication, professionalization of political communication and new media. Author of Marketing międzywyborczy w teorii i praktyce. Przypadek Platformy Obywatelskiej (2013) and co-author of Niewykorzystane szanse? Partie polityczne w działaniu (in print). Her scientific interests are focused on political communication, professionalisation of this processes in particular, political public relations, interelectoral communication and mediatization of politics.
Prof. Michał Jacuński
Graduated from the University of Wroclaw, Poland, where he works as an assistant professor. He studied also at the Queens University International Study Centre in East Sussex, UK and at the Freie Universitat in Berlin, Germany. In his academic activity he focuses on digital political communication, in particular he conducts studies on structural and functional analysis of the parties’ and politicians’ owned media, web campaigning and social media influence. He has served for over decade as political and campaign advisor to the various domestic parties and politicians. Dr Jacunski is a member of Polish Political Science Association, Polish Political Marketing Association and Polish Communication Association. He was one of the founders and guest editor of the Central European Journal of Communication.
email: michal.jacunski (at)
Dr Maria Wincławska
Maria Wincławska is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. She studies political science and sociology at the Nicolaus Copernicus University and University College London. For two years was an Associate Research Assistant at The University of Queensland (Australia). Participated in many conferences and seminars, among others in London, Durban, Barcelona, Olomuniec, Lisbon, Goteborg, Reykjavik, Madrid, and Montreal. She is a member of a research team „Party Members and Activists” (IPSA), a founder of a research committee „Parties and parties’ systems” of the Polish Political Science Association and a member of board of „The Copernicus Journal of Political Studies”. She is an author and co-author of books and articles in the subject of political sociology, political parties and women studies. Among others monographies: „Unia Wolności. Partia polityczna w okresie transformacji” (Scholar 2010), „Niewykorzystane szanse? Partie polityczne w działaniu”, co-author with Barbarą Brodzińską-Mirowską (Wydawnictwo UMK 2016). Her research concentrates on organization and activities of political parties in democratic states, mainly in Poland and Anglo-Saxon democracies.
email: mariawin(at)

Research assistants

Julia Trzcińska MA
PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Wroclaw, political science and Chinese Language and Culture Studies at the Confucius Institute graduate. During her MA studies she was a member of the Young Political Scientists students' association's board and editor-in-chief of the "Politicus" journal. She is currently an associate editor of the "Polish Political Science Review". In 2017 she also co-edited the "Central European Journal of Communication" Spring issue. A member of the Polish Communication Association and the Asian Section of the Polish Ethnological Society.
Her major academic interests include political communication, soft power and public diplomacy, popular culture and its relation with politics, fan studies, and East Asia - mainly South Korea.
Krystian Witt MA
Holds master degree in political science, graduated from the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Torun. In 2015 he obtained a Bachelor from political science. Currently, he is co-editor of journal "Societas et Ius". His research interests focus on issues of political parties, sociology of politics and political thought.
Paula Wiśniewska MA ( holder of project scholarship in 2016-2017)
Graduated a master degree in the European Studies at the University of Wroclaw. She was a member of the Students Scientific Association of the European Studies, called ”Project – Europe” from 2011 until 2016. In the academic year 2014/2015, she was the president of the students scientific association and the following year she was chosen to be the vice-president. She has been the member of the Polish Association of Political Science (a member of audit committee) and the Polish Association of European Studies since 2015. She was a coordinator of the international project
“Promotion of European Union qualities and international dialogue among young people”, which took place in Georgia in 2015. She was also a co-organizer of yet another international project: „Solidarity and multicultural cooperation in international dialogue creation among young people”. Moreover, she participated in the international venture: „Cooperation for social and civic competences innovative educations”.
Scientific interests: the issue of europarty in the European Union, Polish political parties, the political system of European Union, the political parties and systems in Europe, the European Union law.

Field research collaborators

Domink Szczepański, PhD
Adjunct lecturer employed at the Department of Political Science at the University of Rzeszów, a graduate of the University of Rzeszów and Maria Curie-Skłodowska University of Lublin. The author of over eighty academic articles devoted to the issues of Polish political parties, contemporary Polish political thought, political communication and electoral strategies, including the monographs: „Freedom Union: Programme Assumptions and the Activity (1994-2005)” (Rzeszów, 2013), „Media in Political Campaigns” – edited together with Wojciech Furman and Paweł Kuca (Rzeszów 2016) and „The Electoral Geography of Poland. Interpretation of citizens’ attitudes and behaviour” – edited together with Tomasz Koziełło (Rzeszów 2018).
His current interests focus on studying electoral preferences of the Subcarpathian Voivodeship, electoral characteristics of Subcarpathia, and the analysis of the activities of political parties and youth groups at the local level.