The Department of European Studies (the DES) is a research and teaching entity within the Faculty of Economy and International Relations at the Cracow University of Economics – a second largest public economics university in Poland founded in 1925.
In its current form the DES was established in 1992 with new leadership and mostly new staff. At present the DES employs 10 persons, including two ordinary professors, three associate professors and five assistant professors.
The DES runs a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programme covering international policy and development issues and in particular European regional integration. In various diploma programmes managed by the DES there are almost 200 students taught (to clarify the programmes employ also external to the DES collaborators).
Researchers working at the DES are specializing in three groups of research problems:
1) the international public policies (migration, international regulatory policies, security);
2) intercultural communications and cultural transformations;
3) ethnic conflicts and ethnic processes.
The DES participate in the following main research projects:
1) Formal and Informal Work in Europe (FIWE) - a three year project funded within the 5th framework research programme of the EU;
2) Testing the Evaluation Tools of the EU Social Programmes – a two year project funded within Leonardo da Vinci Programme of the EU;
3) Cultural specificity of the employment in international milieu – a research project managed by NIBES network.
Besides this individual researchers pursue their own research agenda which results are submitted for publications in Polish and international academic journals.
Most important recent publications include:
Administrative Tools of Regulatory Policies
Culture and social transformations in Poland;
Studies in Informal Work;
Structures and Procedures: Institutional Dilemmas of Regulatory Policies;
DES researchers publish regularly in Polish and international academic journals which ranks the department high in the ranking of Polish academic research centres.
DES researchers work also as experts of the World Bank and in 2004 one of them published as case study on employment regulation in Poland which was used for the World Bank Report on Social Development. DES researchers have also served as consultants to the Polish government and especially to the Ministry of Work and Social Policy.
DES students participate in international student exchange programmes – at least 20 percent of students goes to study in partner universities throughout Europe.
DES has an extensive network of foreign research partners which include for instance the University of Ancona, the University of Siena; the University of Leeds and the University of Victoria.