Center for Public Policy Studies

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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. Since 2021, it has been located in the IAS – Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities, directed by Marek Kwiek:

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 11 million PLN (or 2.7 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 2022.

In 2021, budgets for three of the Center’s large-scale externally funded projects exceeded 1 million euro: RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES (Dialogue Program), FINANCIAL SUPPORT (NCBR), INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION (NCN) and SCIENTISTS 2022 (Science for Society Program).


The Center’s main objective is advanced research in applied social sciences: at the intersection of quantitative studies of science, data science, scientometrics, sociology of academic profession and higher education research and policy, emphasizing cooperation with international partners and large-scale international comparative research projects.


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

In 2021, ten (mostly younger) academics were engaged in ongoing research projects. We expect more collaborators in 2022.