Aleksandra Maatsch is a Professor of Political Science and the Jean Monnet Chair in European Politics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wrocław. After completing her studies at the Central European University in Budapest (CEU), Aleksandra Maatsch acquired her PhD in political science from the University of Bremen in Germany (2011). She then worked at the Institute of Public Affairs (IPP-CSIC) in Madrid, at the University of Cambridge (POLIS), the Max Planck Institute in Cologne and at the University of Cologne (interim Chair of European and Multilevel Politics). Aleksandra Maatsch acquired her habilitation from the University of Chemnitz (Germany). She specializes in comparative European politics and legislative studies. Her research has been published in various journals such as West European Politics, the Journal of Common Market Studies and the Journal of European Public Policy.


ORCID: 0000-0002-0408-2176

X: @a_maatsch

Karolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka is a Professor of Political Science and the principal investigator in the InPaCo project. She works as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Science and is also member of the Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Wrocław. Since 2020 she has been a visiting fellow at the Centre européen de sociologie et science politique of the Université Paris 1- Sorbonne. Her research lies at the intersection of comparative European politics, legitimacy and legislative studies. In the past, she worked as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (2012-2013), lecturer at the Masaryk University (2013-2015), head of EU programme at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (2016-2018) and was also a visiting fellow at (CEE) Sciences Po (2019-2020). She authored a book “National parliaments in the political system of the European Union. Roles, ambitions and limitations (Parlamenty narodowe w systemie politycznym Unii Europejskiej. Role, ambicje i ograniczenia) published by Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar (Warsaw, 2021). Her works have appeared inter alia in European Political Science ReviewPolitics and Governance, Journal of European Integration and The Journal of Legislative Studies.


ORCID: 0000-0002-0496-5163

X: @K_Boronska

Anna Pacześniak is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Wrocław (since 2005) specializing in European and Polish politics as well as comparative political party analysis. From 2011 to 2018 she worked as a lecturer at the Free University of Brussels. From 2016–2017 Anna Pacześniak was a fellow at Wallonia-Brussels International. She has conducted various research projects in Poland and abroad, for instance “Européanisation des partis politiques – méthodes d’étude” (research project conducted in 2010 in France). At the University of Wrocław, she leads the research group studying European political processes. She is also a Deputy Director of the Discipline of Political Science and Administration. Anna Pacześniak has published extensively in the area of political parties, the most recent publications being “Party organization and communication in Poland” (Palgrave 2021) and “Comprendre la Pologne. Société, politique et institutions” (Paris 2016).


ORCID: 0000-0002-4782-4432

Edgars Eihmanis (PhD) is a political scientist working at the intersection of comparative political economy and public policy. Edgars Eihmanis received master’s degrees in sociology and political science from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD degree in political science from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He has participated in a number of international projects and his research has been published by leading academic outlets. His article on the effects of the European Semester “Cherry-picking external constraints” was published in Journal of European Public Policy. Before joining the University of Wrocław as a researcher in the NCN-funded project PANDEMO (, Edgars Eihmanis was a post-doctoral fellow at the EUI, investigating East Central European socio-economic responses to the pandemic.


ORCID: 0000-0001-7243-4789

X: @edgarseihmanis

Dr. Tomasz P. Woźniakowski is an assistant professor (adiunkt) at the Institute of Political Science and member of the Jean Monnet Chair, University of Wrocław, and a Bekker postdoctoral fellow at LUISS University, Rome (2022-2024). His research focuses on the political economy of the EU through the lens of comparative federalism and the parliamentary legitimacy of European economic governance. He was awarded the Fulbright-Schuman Fellowship, the first College of Europe-Arenberg European Prize “Exploring Federal Solutions” for an article eventually published in the Journal of European Public Policy and the Supranational Political Economy Prize for his doctoral thesis. He was a postdoctoral researcher in an ERC-funded project at the Hertie School and a lecturer at universities such as IES Abroad and Stanford, Berlin, LMU and LUISS. Additionally, he was a visiting fellow at University of California, Berkeley, LMU Munich (Heinz Laufer Fellow) and Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe in Lausanne (Henri Rieben Fellow). He leads research projects on legitimacy of the EU economic governance and fiscal solidarity in the EU and the US, funded by NCN and NAWA. He was awarded a three-year scholarship for outstanding young scholars by the Polish Minister of Science. His monograph Fiscal Unions: Economic Integration in Europe and the United States was published by Oxford University Press in 2022. He holds degrees in political science and history from the University of Wrocław and a PhD in political and social sciences from the European University Institute, Florence (2018).


ORCID: 0000-0001-9475-7845

Bastian Küntzel is a PhD researcher at the Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies, University of Wrocław and Institute for European Studies at the TU Chemnitz where he pursues his PhD in a bilateral (cotutelle) format being supervised by Prof. Aleksandra Maatsch and Prof. Stefan Garsztecki. Bastian completed his MA studies in Intercultural Education in Chemnitz. He has been working as a researcher and educational consultant (co-founder of INCONTRO) for various youth organisations as well as the Council of Europe, European Commission and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). His PhD project deals with the effects of the pandemic-related closure on personal identities in the Polish–German borderland.


Jan Krotký is a post-doctoral researcher in the InPaCo project and assistant professor at the Institute of Political Science of the University of Wrocław. He received master degrees in sociology and European studies at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno, where he also completed his doctorate in international relations and European studies in 2023. In 2021-2022 he worked as a researcher at TU Darmstadt in the HEUREC project on Solidarity and Social Cohesion in Europe. His research focuses on the political discourse in the European Parliament and EU legitimacy. His recent work has been published in the European Policy Analysis, Journal of European Contemporary Studies, and European Security.


ORCID: 0000-0002-0252-5180

X: @HonzaKrotky

MA students

Karolina Szopa

Bartomiej Wantoła

Vadym Sorochenko

Agata Holik

Robert Kostruba

Michał Domagała

Sebastian Portka

Paulina Soboniak