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Dr Maciej Stępka

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Maciej Stępka, Ph.D., received his Master degrees in European Studies (2009 - Jagiellonian University) and Political Science (2011 - University of Amsterdam) and he earned his PhD in Security Studies (2019 - University of Warsaw) defending a dissertation on securitization of the “migration crisis” at the EU institutional level. Maciej has participated in various international exchange programmes conducting research and teaching at such universities as Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, Université Libre de Bruxelles. Since 2011 he has been working as a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University, primarily focusing on interpretative and critical security studies investigating migration-security nexus in the EU; EU discourses and frames of security; practices and technologies of security; and externalization of Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Maciej’s research interests revolve around: critical security and policy studies, EU policies and politics, and migration

Professional activities

Dr Stępka has been coordinating and participating in several national and international research projects, such as:

  • “Social space in Polish migrant detention centres”. Project funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. (Researcher) (2018-2019).
  • "Securitization of the immigration crisis in the European Union. A critical analysis of discursive interactions and security narratives”. PRELUDIUM project is funded by the Polish National Centre for Science. (Principle investigator) (2016-2019).
  • „Migration and security in the European Union”. ETIUDA scholarship funded by the Polish National Centre for Science (2016-2019).
  • “Social Cohesion in the Polish-Ukrainian and Polish-German Borderlands”. Project funded by the Polish-German Foundation for Science. (Researcher) (2015-2017).

Educational projects:

  • Jean Monnet Module “Internal and External Challenges to the European Union”, funded by the European Commission (a member of the teaching staff) (ongoing)
  • EURASIA – Revitalising EU studies curricula in Asia, funded by the European Commission (a member of the teaching staff), (ongoing)


Selected publications

  • Stępka, M. 2015. “Konflikt ukryty” a integracja europejska : trudne relacje polsko-ukraińskie w perspektywie społeczności pogranicza. In D. Niedźwiedzki (Ed.), Pamięć i integracja społeczna na pograniczach : przypadek pogranicza polsko-niemieckiego i polsko-ukraińskiego (pp. 136–158). Zakład Wydawniczy Nomos.
  • Stępka, M. 2015. "Consolidating Europeanization". Politeja-Pismo Wydziału Studiów Międzynarodowych i Politycznych Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 12(33): 67-82.
  • Stepka, Maciej. 2015. “Parlament Europejski Siódmej Kadencji (2009–2014) Wobec Wspólnej Polityki Bezpieczeństwa i Obrony (WPBiO) UE.” Pp. 415–32 in Podsumowanie siódmej kadencji Parlamentu Europejskiego (2009-2014), edited by A. Kirpsza, P. Musiałek, and D. Stolicki. Kraków: AT Wydawnictwo.
  • Stepka, Maciej. 2016. “Assessing Risks. A Critical Perspective on Conflict Early Warning Systems.” Studies in Politics and Society 14(4):114–25.
  • Stepka, Maciej. 2017. “EU Crisis Management and Conflict Prevention. Identifying Institutional Constrains for Early Warning Analysis Utilization.” Politeja 49(4):127–42.
  • Stepka, Maciej and Marcin Zubek, eds. 2017. Multidimensional Security. Essays on Global Threats and Challenges. Kraków: AT Wydawnictwo.
  • Stępka, M. 2017. Economic rationality and perceptions of the European integration : local Poland ten years of the accession. In Z. Mach (Ed.), Local community, power and European integration (pp. 29–45). Peter Lang
  • Stepka, Maciej. 2018. “Humanitarian Securitization of the 2015 ‘Migration Crisis’. Investigating Humanitarianism and Security in the EU Policy Frames on Operational Involvement in the Mediterranean.” Pp. 9–30 in Migration Policy in Crisis, edited by I. Sirkeci, E. L. de Freitas Castro, and U. S. Sozen. London: Transnational Press London.
  • Stępka M., Mazurkiewicz A., M. Zubek. 2019, "Local Spoilers and Pathways to Reconciliation: The Polish Perspective on the Polish-Ukrainian Relations in the Borderlands", Politické vedy 4/2019.


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Courses taught at CES

  • EU Institutions and Decision Making Process
  • EU Common Policies and Policy Making