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Dr Natasza Styczyńska

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Holds a PhD in Political Science from the Jagiellonian University. Her doctoral thesis tackled the issues of European discourse of Polish political parties and Euroscepticism. She obtained MA degrees in Political Sciences (from Pedagogical University of Krakow) and in European Studies (from Jagiellonian University). 

Currently, she is a researcher in two H2020 projects entitled "Populist rebellion against modernity in 21st-century Eastern Europe: neo-traditionalism and neo-feudalism" (POPREBEL) and "EU Differentiation, Dominance and Democracy” (EU3D). She is also engaged in the 'Negotiating Brexit: national governments, EU institutions and the UK’, project funded by UK Economic and Social Research Council.

Previously she was a researcher in the project entitled  "Democratic control and legitimisation in European Foreign Policy. The case study of EU Enlargement Policy and European Neighbourhood Policy" that is funded by the National Research Centre, Poland.

In 2008-2011 she has been a researcher in the RECON (Reconstituting Democracy in Europe) Integrated Project supported by the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme.

Her academic interests include transformation processes in Central and Eastern Europe, party politics, nationalism, populism and euroscepticism in the CEE region and the Balkans, as well as identity issues in CEE.

Outside of the academic world, she is a big fan of ski-mountaineering, Balkan region and cultural oriented travels, about which she has been writing to a number of travel magazines and blogs. 

Professional activities

  • Academic coordinator of double degree MA in European Studies / MA in Governance, Leadership and Democracy Studies  (Jagiellonian University and Catholic University of Lisbon)
  • CEEPUS Coordinator at the Institute of European Studies
  • Member of the Dean's Committee for Internationalisation at the Faculty of International and Political Studies
  • Member of UACES (Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies), Polish Association of European Studies and Council for European Studies (CES) 
  • Member of Self-Steering Committee on European Studies of UNA Europa Alliance of European Universities
  • The Coimbra Group and the Europaeum liaison officer
  • Member of a scientific committee of Department for European Policy and the Study of Democracy (DED), Danube-University Krems

Selected publications

  • Closed until Further Notice: Eurosceptic European party groups of the EP and EU Enlargement Policy Contestation, 2004-2014, w: Contestation of EU Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy. Actors, Arenas and Arguments,(red.) Magdalena Góra, Natasza Styczyńska i Marcin Zubek, Kopenhaga 2019
  • Polish Politics in a Time of Crisis: the EU, Domestic Cleavages and the Future of Europe, w: Old and New Cleavages in Polish Society, (red.) Ulrike Guérot i Michael Hunklinger, Krems 2019
  • Eurosceptic Parties in the Central and Eastern European Countries: A Comparative Case Study of Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria, in: The Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism, (ed.) Benjamin Leruth, Nicholas Startin, Simon Usherwood, Routledge 2018
  • Więcej czy mniej Europy? Integracja europejska w dyskursie polskich partii politycznych [More or less Europe? EU and European integration in the discourse of polish political parties], Jagiellonian University Press 2018
  • Does Europe Matter at All? European Issues in the Discourse of Polish Political Parties, in: Les Citoyens et l'integration europeenne (ed.) Radovan Gura & Gilles Rouet, L'Harmattan 2016
  • (Non)existence of Bulgarian Party-Based Euroscepticism – Why Should  We Care ? in: Politeja Journal, Ksiegarnia Akademicka Krakow 2015
  • Bundled of emotions. Polish Identity and Euroscepticism, in: Radovan  Gora and Natasza Styczynska (ed.) Identités et espaces public europeens, l'Harmattan 2014
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Courses taught at CES

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • EU Integration and Politics in the Balkans
  • Foreign and International Relations in CEE Facing CFSP/ESDP
  • European States and their Political Systems