Sylwia Borkowska


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Personal Statement

Sylwia Borkowska-Waszak is a PhD researcher at the EPRC (Current PhD topic: The role of political and administrative factors during EU Cohesion Policy implementation in CEE: the case of Integrated Territorial Investments in Poland).

She has also been involved as a research assistant in the project ‘Territorial strategies supported by EU territorial tools (sustainable urban development under Art. 7 ERDF, ITI and CLLD when related to SUD)’. Moreover, she tutors undergraduate courses at the School of Governance and Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde. 

Sylwia holds a MA in Spatial Economy, with a focus on new public governance. Before starting PhD studies she linked her research interests with practice by working for the Warsaw City Office and leading a consulting start-up company City Partnerships. Her experience includes editing a book and numerous research reports, moderating workshops and training sessions, coordinating conferences and facilitating cross-sector cooperation processes. She worked for such institutions as: University of Warsaw, Cracow University of Technology, Polish Sociological Association, Copernicus Science Centre, City of Warsaw, Foundation for the Development of the Education System, Project:Polska Foundation, Responsible Business Forum Association. 

Research Interests

Sylwia's main research interests focus on public governance and public policies, particularly in the context of urban, regional and local development. Currently in her PhD she focuses on a central issue in contemporary governance debates: the interaction of civil servants and politicians in the implementation of public policy. The purpose of the research is to identify measures to assess the role of political and administrative factors in policy implementation, and to explain key processes and mechanisms involved. The main theoretical background used for the study is institutionalism, in particular the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework (Ostrom, 2008). The research will identify key formal and informal rules of policy implementation, and explore how they work in different contexts. Moreover, it will investigate structures and mechanisms influencing the input of various stakeholders during the decision-making process. The research takes the case of Integrated Territorial Investments within EU Cohesion Policy and their implementation in selected Polish regions. It employs an innovative combination of research methods to analyse policy implementation, combining systematic content analysis, in-depth-interviews, and participatory observation. Besides theoretical insights for institutionalist literature, the research will include recommendations and conclusions for practitioners to maximise effectiveness of policy instruments through their design and implementation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Social Science, University of Warsaw Uniwersytet Warszawski

Award Date: 23 Nov 2015

Bachelor of Social Science, University of Warsaw Uniwersytet Warszawski

Award Date: 2 Jul 2012


  • politicisation
  • public policy
  • governance
  • European Union
  • Cohesion Policy
  • regional development
  • Integrated Territorial Investments
  • Poland
  • urban studies
  • policy labs
  • cross-sector partnerships
  • collaborative governance
  • Central Eastern Europe


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