Research Projects

EU funded projects

Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies IIR


CCIRS (Programme: EU India Action Plan Support Facility, ASIE/2009/215-062, Centre for Contemporary India Reserach and Studies). The value of the grant is 270 00 euro. Institute is a leader of the project and main coordinator.

The Project lasted from 2010, January till 2011, December.

Despite the end of the project Institute cooperate very active with Indian partners. One of the result of the project was creation in the Institute research centre, Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies.


The Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies is an innovative and interdisciplinary centre of excellence at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw, based on cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme, University of Hyderabad, Jawaharlal Nehru University and other 14 European and 8 Indian universities and highly specialized institutes.

More about cooperation with Indian partners:


From India:

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi
  • Institute of Economic Growth, The University of Delhi
  • the Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), New Delhi
  • India Council for World Affairs, New Delhi
  • The University of Hyderabad
  • Manipal University
  • Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore
  • Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, University of Calcutta, Kolkata
  • Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata
  • Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala
  • S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  • Gatway House (think-tank in Mumbai)
  • University of Kerala

From Nepal:

  • Global Collage Interantional, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Pokhara University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

From Europe:

  • Centre for Studies on Non-European Countries, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • South Asia Institute (Department of Political Science) University of Heidelberg
  • Department of Political Science, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Research Unit on International Security and Cooperation, Universidad Compultense de Madrid
  • Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Jan Masaryk Centre of International Studies, University of Economics, Prague
  • Faculty of Social Science, University of Lubljana
  • The Leuven India Focus, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Vrije Universiteit, Brussel
  • Instituto di Pubblicismo, Roma
  • Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
  • Department of History, International and Social Studies; Aalborg University
  • Institut d’etudes politiques de Lyon
  • Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (CSASP), University of Oxford
  • The Centre for International Studies, Dublin City University
  • India-EU Council Association



The Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies is the project funded by the EU aimed at strengthening knowledge about contemporary Indian business and politics. Its mission is to:

  • enhance knowledge concerning contemporary India in the EU, particularly in the economic, political, development, social and cultural dimension;
  • strengthen mutual relations and gradually developing a closer partnership between the EU and India, based on common values, interests and responsibilities;
  • provide outstanding, interdisciplinary and highly specialized education, designed for excellent students. It will ensure active and professional participation of governments and private institutions from India and the EU. The Centre will promote advanced education (MA programme; in the future innovative curricula for PhD studies) and interdisciplinary methods in research and studies regarding contemporary India;
  • be a platform for cooperation between European and Indian Scholars, business elites entrepreneurs, NGOs, public administration, media;



During two years of the project all the aims were full field. Realization of project in had multilevel and interdisciplinary character. The purpose of activity of CCIRS  was to dissemination knowledge about contemporary India in Poland and other countries of EU and to create network between Indian and European scholars. Another aim was to create frame of cooperation between scientific environment form India and Europe and representatives of public administration (especially governmental), business and non-government organization.

  • MA Program in Contemporary India Business and Politics taught in the Institute of International RElations:
    • in Polish since October 2012
    • in English from October 2013
  • Books:
    • India in Contemporary world (Manish Thapa, Jivanta Schottli, Jakub Zajączkowski)
    • India: Emerging Power (Manish Thapa, Jivanta Schottli, Jakub Zajączkowski)
    • International Relations in Asia: Great Powers and Institutions (Manish Thapa, Jivanta Schottli, Jakub Zajączkowski)

    Each book will contain 20 articles and will be published by Routledge Taylor & Francis Group

  • Conferences and seminars (in period of 2010-2012 there were 20 international conferences, 40 seminars and guest lectures)
  • Students Exchange (40 students from Warsaw will start exchange programme since August 2012)


  • European Union and South Asia; Learning from Each Other, joint conference with Nepal Poland Friendship Council; Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University, Global College International (Kathmandu), August 2010, Kathmandu;
  • Evolution of India-EU relations: Implications for new world order, joint conference with Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven Centre for Global Governance, India Focus, February 2011, Leuven;
  • Global India, joint conference organized in cooperation with Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford, March 2011, Oxford;
  •  India in International Relations: European and Indian perspectives, joint conference organized in cooperation with Jawaharlal Nehru University and Embassy of the Republic of Poland, April 2011, New Delhi;
  • Trilateralism & Triangular Dynamics in International Relations. Implications for International Relations Theory, joint conference organized in cooperation with South Asia Institute, Department of Political Science, Heidelberg University, July, 2011, Heidelberg;
  • Analysing the Rise of India and China: Domestic, Regional and Global Implications, joint seminar organized in cooperation with Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, University of Calcutta, Global College International (Kathmandu), Embassy of the Republic of Poland in India, February 2012, Kolkata;
  • India and the European Union in International Relations – New Challenges, Old Problems?, joint conference organized in cooperation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in New Delhi and Global College International (Kathmandu), June 2012, Warsaw.


  • from February till May 2012 first two students from IIR UW went to JNU for exchange program
  • In academic year 2012/2013,nearly 40 students will go to India to study for one semester to: JNU, University of Calcutta, TATA Institute of Social Science, University of Mumbai, Manipal University, Tribhuvan University and Global Collage International
  • in February 2012 for four months research to IIR UW came student from Manipal University (Ashwath Puttur)
  • in March, for two weeks research came PhD student from JNU (Vinod Kumar Yadaw)
  • in October 2012 will come to IIR UW student (Ahana Banerjee) from University of Calcutta for three months research.


dr Jakub Zajączkowski,,


Please download Report of Activities 2010-11

Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies IIR:

India-EU Joint House for Science and Innovation

IIR UW is a part of research consortium which won the prestigious EU grant under the Seventh Framewrok Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). The implementation of the project (No. 295060) entitled the India-EU Joint House for Science and Innovation began on 1 February. The value of the project is 519 000 euro.


  • Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques, France (Coordinator)
  • Indo-French Center for Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA), India
  • Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes (MAEE), France
  • Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium
  • Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea (APRE), Italy
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial research (CSIR), India
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • Europa Media Non-Profit Ltd. (EM), Hungary


Meetings of INDIA SI HOUSE Consortium:
– First meeting: 7-8th November 2012 in Hyderabad
– Second meeting: 26-27th March 2013 in Antwerp
– Third meeting: 5-7th June 2013 in New Delhi



Jakub Zajączkowski PhD,,

Aleksandra Jaskólska MA,

Seventh Framework Programme for Research (Marie-Curie): “Post-Soviet Tensions”

Seventh Framewrok Programme for Research (FP – Marie Curie), entitled (Post-USSR) Tensions

IIR UW is a part of research consortium which won the prestigious EU grant under the Seventh Framewrok Programme for Research (FP – Marie Curie), entitled (Post-USSR) Tensions.

  • The Marie-Curie grant within the 7.FP under the title “Post-Soviet Tensions: A Training Programme in Post-Soviet Affairs for Early Career Researchers” started on the 1st of May 2013, and will last till September 2017.
  • Leader of the research consortium is Dublin City University. Other full partners are: Institute of International Relations UW; University of Oslo, Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages; University of St Andrews, School of International Relations; Forschungsstelle Osteuropa – Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen; Tallinn University, Institute of Governance and Political Science.
  • Total amount of the grant: 3 660 605 euro. ISM/UW: 409 805, 22 euro.
  • The project will provide a world class PhD training programme based on a network of dissertation topics and more experienced researcher interactions all focused on post-Soviet affairs, and in particular post-Soviet tensions.
  • The project will support the development of a team of researchers, who will have regional specialisation, a rigorous methodological training and three years experience of working in an international and intercultural environment.
  • In July 2013, the selection committee chose two candidates for the PhD scholarship who will start their PhD studies at the Institute of International Relations UW in the forthcoming academic year 2013/2014.


dr Paula Marcinkowska

Interdisciplinary Bridges in Indo-European Studies (IBIES)

Since July 2012 Institute of International Relations and Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies IIR University of Warsaw is a part of Indo-European research consortium which won prestigious grant in Programme: Erasmus Mundus (Sub-Programme: Erasmus Mundus Partnerships in Action 2, Strand 1). Project title: Interdisciplinary Bridges in Indo-European Studies (IBIES). Coordinators of the project are: Aarhus University, Denmark and IIT Madras, India.



Partners from Europe:

  • Leiden University (Netherlands)
  • University of Milan (Italy)
  • Reutlingen University (Germany)
  • Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
  • Aarhus University
  • University of Warsaw

In the project will take part also 12 universities from India:

  • Banasthali University
  • Bastar University
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Mangalore University
  • Manipal University
  • Manomaniam Sundaranar University
  • Pondichery University
  • Sambalpur University
  • Symbiosis International University
  • University of Caclutta
  • University of Delhi
  • Vinoba Bhave University

and two assotiations:

  • Assotiation of European Studies in India (India)
  • European Association of India Study Centres (Europe)


Since spring 2013 scholars and students from consortium have visited Institute of International Relations University of Warsaw.

Second meeting of the project Erasmus Mundus (Sub-Programme: Erasmus Mundus Partnerships in Action 2, Strand 1), Interdisciplinary Bridgies in Indo-European Studies (IBIES) took place in Banasthali University (India) on April 3-4th 2013. The meeting was attended by several partners from India and Europe. Project is coordinated by: Universit Aarhus, Denmark and IIT Madras, India. Institute of International Relations was represented by Aleksandra Jaskólska.

More information:



Jakub Zajączkowski PhD,,

Aleksandra Jaskólska MA,

Increase of EU’s economic potential in relations with China


In the end of August 2013 Institute was awarded by EU grant Leonardo da Vinci: Transfer of Innovation. Leader of the project is Akademickie Centrum Informacji i Edukacji Europejskiej. Value of the project is – 340 677,00 EURO. In the project will take part from the Institutethe following scholars: Dr. Łukasz Gołota, Anita Budziszewska MA (coordinators), prof. Edward Haliżak, Dr. Jakub Zajączkowski, Dr. Karina Jędzrejowska, Dr. Bogusław Lackoroński, Dr. Aleksandra Jarczewska, Dr. Anna Wróbel, Dr. Rafał Ulatowski.


  1. Uniwersytet Warszawski PL – POLAND
  2. Akademickie Centrum Informacji i Edukacji Europejskiej PL -POLAND
  3. Vrije Universiteit Brussel BE – BELGIUM
  4. University of Chester UK – UNITED KINGDOM


The main aim of the project is to increase EU’s economic potential in the context of relations (mainly trade relations) with China. Auxiliary objective will be to provide all units that are planning to start the business in China with all necessary knowledge that would make them able to fulfill their plans. The offer will be targeted to all people and entities interested in “Chinese issues”: tradesmen, manufacturers, investors, researchers etc. Innovation as the motor for economic change and building factor of the “learning economy” is key point of the project.


The outcome of the project is intended to meet all expectations set for the LLP projects and achieve all necessary goals:

  • The special adopted programme “Chinese Business Law & Business Development” (it is planned to be a post-graduate programme), e-platform, manuals, teaching materials, guide for investors and business in China, manual for business Chinese language course. The intangible outcome will be the growing concern about business opportunities in China, spreading knowledge, expertise and practical skills.
  • Creating Centre for Contemporary China Studies and Research.


Łukasz Gołota, PhD
Anita Budziszewska, MA

Network on Humanitarian Assistance

In 2008 the Institute of International Relations in cooperation with the Faculty of Law and Administration and the Institute on Regional and Global Studies became a full member of the Network on Humanitarian Assistance (NOHA).

NOHA was established in 1993. It was the first network of universities at the European level dealing with the development of Humanitarian Action Education. It seeks greater professionalism among humanitarian workers through the provision of solid intellectual grounding and the development of sound concepts and principles that would in turn lead to ‘good practice’. It also contributes to greater awareness of humanitarian issues among the broader public and policy makers.

The NOHA organizes several seminars and conferences on humanitarian issues each year.


The full members of the NOHA are:

  • Belgium – Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)
  • France – Université Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III (UPCAM)
  • Germany – Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB)
  • Ireland – University College Dublin (UCD)
  • Lithuania – Vilniaus universitetas
  • Poland – Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • Spain – Universidad de Deusto (UD)
  • Sweden- Uppsala universitet
  • Netherlands – Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG)

The Associate members of the NOHA are:

  • Brazil: Universidade de Brasilia
  • Italy: Universita Degli Studi di Pavia
  • United States: Columbia University.


The NOHA has established an Erasmus Mundus Partnership with 7 third-country higher education institutions:

  • Monash University, Australia
  • Universidad Javeriana, Colombia
  • Bangalore University, India
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
  • Saint-Joseph University, Beyrouth, Lebanon
  • University of Western Cape, South Africa
  • Columbia University, United States.

Joint European Master’s in International Humanitarian Action

Within the framework of the NOHA students can participate in the Programme of the Joint European Master’s in International Humanitarian Action. The Programme is supported by the Humanitarian Aid department of the European Commission (ECHO). The NOHA diploma is recognized (among governmental and non-governmental agencies) as a proof of the highest qualifications of a humanitarian worker.

One of the components of the European Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action is the Intensive Programme (IP) which is organized in September at the University of Warsaw.

The Intensive Programme introduces students to:

  • Optional programmes at each of the Network Universities;
  • Key principles and concepts underlying humanitarian action;
  • Main actors in the field of humanitarian relief, their policies and strategies; and
  • Challenges facing humanitarian actors in co-ordinating their activities.
  • Language of instruction: English.
  • Participants: about 150 students of NOHA universities and over 50 lecturers from the entire world.



In September 2011, Institute of International Relations organized for the 3rd time Intensive Programme in the frame of NOHA. 2011  edition was dedicated to the issue of the Post-Conflict Rehabilitation: the Balkan Cases and attended by more than 120 students from around the world, including two students of the University of Warsaw.

NOHAStudents had the opportunity to listen to lectures on the principles of humanitarian aid, primary providers of this type of aid and then analyse the problems associated with the provision of assistance during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s.

This year’s keynote lecturers included, inter alia,Eric David (UCL), Roman Wieruszewski (PAN), Konstanty Gebert (Gazeta Wyborcza), Paulina Miśkiewicz (WHO), Debarati Sapir (UCL), Rolf Heintze (RUB), Amine Ait-Chaalal (UCL), Michel Liégeois (UCL), Pat Gibbon (UCD), Antoine Gérard (UN), Pierre Apraxine (MKCK).

NOHAAs every year, students also had the possibility to participate in a two-day training of the Simulation Exercise type entitled Humanitarian Space and Disaster Risk Reduction, which was prepared by Dr. Markus Moke, University of Bochum and Dr. Andrej Zwitter, University of Groningen.

Its programme is available at




Network of Humanitarian Action Intensive Programme (NOHA IP) 2013 organized by University of Warsaw and Uppsala University has been successfully completed. The programme was held from 7th to 13th of September in Warsaw. University of Warsaw hosted more than  150 participants from all around the world.


The participants were mainly from NOHA universities: Aix Marseille Université, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen,  Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universidad de Deusto, Université catholique de Louvain, University College Dublin, Uppsala Universitet and Vilniaus Universitetas.

The key note speech was given by distinguished guest  Prof. Catrine Bertini. She is a  former UN Under Secretary-General for Management and Executive Director of the UN World Food Program, who presently is a Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.


More than 25 guests speakers represented European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO),  German Red Cross, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, ICRC Brussels, MSF Sweden, Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies (VOICE), People in Aid, Humanitarian Accountability    Partnership, Caritas Europa and many more.


The NOHA director at the University of Warsaw is dr. Elżbieta Mikos-Skuza, the Faculty of Law and Administration.

The NOHA coordinator at the University of Warsaw is dr. Patrycja Grzebyk, email:


NOHA homepage:



Dr. Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala and Dr. Patrycja Grzebyk from the Institute of International Relations were invited to participate in the TUNING Project, supported by the European Commission.

The main objective of the Project is to contribute to the elaboration of a framework of comparable and compatible qualifications in each of the signatory countries of the Bologna process, which could be described in terms of workload, level, learning outcomes, competences and profile. There are two joint co-ordinators who are responsible for leading the project: Universitz of Deusto and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

In cooperation with other 9 experts from the field, representatives of the Institute focused on finding specific indicators for level 6 (first cycle – Bachelor), 7 (second cycle – Master) and 8 (third cycle – doctorate) in the sphere of international relations


Dr. Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala,

Dr. Patrycja Grzebyk,

Jean Monnet Chair

Grant Jean Monnet Chair, awarded for Professor Ryszard Zięba by the European Commission for the topic „The European Union in the International Security System”. Decision 2008-2745.

Main task comprises teaching on the issues related to the title of the grant, namely the following: lectures concerning EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy; graduate seminars on Political and Security Aspect of European Integration; postgraduate (doctoral) seminar on European Integration and Security Studies. These topics are strictly connected with European political integration. The existence of such courses fulfils in many ways general and operational objectives of LLP Jean Monnet Programme.

General objective of the grant is to contribute to the development of quality lifelong learning and to promote high performance, innovation and a European dimension in systems and practices in the field.

Beneficiaries of the project are students of International Relations, European Studies, and Political Science, studying in the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at University of Warsaw.

National Projects

Research projects funded by National Science Centre

Wars of the West. Causes, Determinants, Course and Consequences of Military Interventions of Western Countries in the Post-Cold War Period
Head- Professor Roman Kuźniar

Prevention of Mass Infringements of Human Rights
Head – Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala, PhD

Geoeconomics – project of the Section of International Political Economy
Head – Professor Edward Haliżak

Education as a New Source of the International Power of the State
Head – Anna Wojciuk, PhD

The European Union and Mediterranean: Between Politics and the Common Interests of the Member States
Head – Professor Justyna Zając

Selected projects funded by the University

Non-European Visions and Concepts in the International Relations Studies
Heads – Professor Marcin F. Gawrycki,
Agnieszka Bógdał-Brzezińska PhD, Jakub Zajączkowski, PhD

Criminal Responsibility for the Crime of Aggression
Head – Patrycja Grzebyk, PhD

Economic Power
Head – Professor Edward Haliżak

International Security – project of the Section of Security and Strategic Studies
Head – Professor Roman Kuźniar

The Crisis of 2008 and the International Position of the West
Head – Professor Roman Kuźniar

Culture in International Relations
Head – Professor Grażyna Michałowska

Alterglobalism in International Relations
Head – Justyna Nakonieczna, PhD

Ukraine Versus Russia: Study of Dependence
Head – Andrzej Szeptycki, PhD