Center for Public Policy Studies

About us

History

The Center for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) is an autonomous research unit of the University of Poznan, Poland. It was opened in 2002. Professor Marek Kwiek has been its Director from the very beginning.

CPPS has been lavishly funded by successive EU research programs (including the 6th Framework Programme, 7th Framework Programme, Lifelong Learning Programme, and Erasmus Thematic Network), EEA Grants/Norway Grants, European Science Foundation (ESF), Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, OECD, UNESCO, and numerous Polish research programs administered by the National Research Council (NCN), the Center for Research and Development (NCBR), the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Over the last decade, the Center’s awards from national and international research grant competitions exceeded 2.3 million euro.

Since July 2012, CPPS has also housed the UNESCO Chair in Institutional Research and Higher Education Policy, with Professor Kwiek as Chairholder. The current agreement with UNESCO runs until 2021.

In 2019, budgets for three of the Center’s large-scale externally funded projects exceeded 1 million euro: EXCELLENCE (Dialogue Program), RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES (Dialogue Program), and FINANCIAL SUPPORT (NCBR).

Objectives

The Center’s main objective is to perform advanced research on quantitative studies of science, higher education research, and higher education policy, emphasizing cooperation with international partners and large-scale international comparative research projects.

Major areas of interest include quantitative studies of science, sociology of science, university management and governance, university funding, academic profession, higher education reforms (especially in Central and Eastern Europe), and scientometrics.

Structure

The Center’s structure includes its Director (Professor Marek Kwiek), Project Manager (Dr. Marcin Byczynski), and Collaborating Scholars.

As of 2019, ten (mostly younger) academics were engaged in ongoing research projects.