European Green Deal: between ambition and feasibility

The Von der Leyen Commission displays unprecedented environmental policy ambitions and appears to be the greenest in EU history. However, it is also facing challenges of overwhelming magnitude, and it will work under societal pressure unseen in this policy area. Can its flagship European Green Deal deliver?  by Kacper Szulecki —16 January 2020 Image courtesy of Fridays […]

A new article on the history of Poland’s environmental​ movement

ESPRi’s Julia Szulecki and Kacper Szulecki published an article entitled “Between domestic politics and ecological crises: (De)legitimization of Polish environmentalism” in the high impact journal Environmental Politics. The article is available in Open Access. An earlier version of the paper, richer in historical detail, appeared in 2017 as an ESPRi Working Paper 6/2017.

Europe’s largest political science conference comes to Wroclaw, ESPRI will be there

 The annual European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference will be held at the University of Wroclaw on 4-7 September 2019. The event is the largest gathering of political scientists in Europe, and the City of a Hundred Bridges looks forward to hosting some 2000 scholars on this occasion. Of course, ESPRi cannot miss […]

Food waste: seeking best practices for limiting it

The alarming food waste scale puts the issue among the most pressing global problems. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has been estimated that at least 30% of the food grown worldwide is lost before or wasted while reaching the consumer. Saving 50% of the food wastes would allow nourishing more than 1.6 billion people, […]

“Politics and Governance” special issue on EU climate and energy policy

 ESPRI’s Kacper Szulecki has co-edited (with Dag Harald Claes) the special issue of Politics and Governance on “EU Energy Policy: Towards a Clean Energy Transition?”. The entire issue is available in open access on the journal’s website. For over a decade, the EU has displayed an interest and political motivation to integrate climate policy priorities into […]

ESPRi’s research director with best Environmental Politics article prize!

Kacper Szulecki won the Award for the article Conceptualizing energy democracy. The prize-winning article can be downloaded for free until the end of 2019. You can read it here The Editorial Board Jury describe their reasons for selecting this article: “Dr. Szulecki’s article represents a tour de force effort to shape the academic and political […]

Analyzing Poland’s carbon forestry initiatives: strengthening or replacing climate policy?

  On 18 February, Julia Szulecka and Kacper Szulecki presented a paper entitled “A Climate Skeptical Mitigation Policy? Explaining Poland’s Carbon Forestry Two-Level Game” at the international workshop “Anatomy of Disbelief – Analysing Climate Scepticism” hosted by the Jagiellonian University, Krakow. After 2015, Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, most notably the environment minister Jan […]

Introducing the Forest Monitor: A great source of knowledge on Polish, European and international forestry

We would like to draw your attention to a very interesting English-language forestry blog: the Forest Monitor, established by Dr. Rafał Chudy (currently a Senior Analyst at New Forests, Sydney). The “first blog for forest geeks” covers a wide range of forestry-related topics, from political economy, forests’ role in climate policy all the way to the […]

Energy Security in Europe: new edited book published by Palgrave!

The book, edited by Dr. Kacper Szulecki, is the final output of the project financed by the German-Polish Science Foundation (grant No. 2014-15) lead by Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen, with ESPRi’s participation. This edited collection highlights the different meanings that have been attached to the notion of energy security and […]

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