Pracownia badań interdyscyplinarnych Europy nordycko-bałtyckiej i Arktyki


Interdisciplinary Research Group for the Study of Nordic-Baltic Europe and the Arctic

The research group is affiliated at the Faculty of Languages of the University of Gdańsk. We deal with the cultural, social and political changes in the broadly defined Northern Europe, the Baltic Sea region and the Arctic. Our research addresses current and past changes taking place in these parts of Europe and the world. We make use of the theoretical and methodological toolbox typical for a number of disciplines in humanities and social sciences that are represented by the collaborating researchers. Our activities include organization of conferences, procuring research funding, and generating individual and collective publications that contribute to spreading specialist and popular research-based knowledge about our areas of interest.


The group consists of researchers from the University of Gdańsk (Faculty of Languages) and from Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin (Faculty of Political Science).


Gdańsk Team:

Lublin Team:

Dr Marta Grzechnik

Dr hab. Michał Łuszczuk

Dr Agata Marta Lubowicka

Dr Damian Szacawa

Dr hab. Kazimierz Musiał, prof. UG – head of the research group


Mgr Marta Skorek


Current and planned research themes of the collaborating group members:

Marta Grzechnik:

·       Conceptualisation of the Baltic Sea region;

·       Historiography of the Baltic Sea region; using history in the processes of Baltic integration;

·       Colonial discourse regarding ”noncolonial colonials” – countries which were not colonial empires but have been complicit in the system of European colonialism.


Agata Lubowicka:

·       Polish polar discourse in the interwar period (literature, media, popular science and culture);

·       Reception of Norwegian polar achievements in Poland in 19th and 20th century;

·       History of Polish polar science and exploration in contemporary Polish discourse.


Michał Łuszczuk:

·       History of the Polish polar research;

·       Transnational cooperation in the Arctic

·       Arctic geopolitics and security

·       Polar tourism


Kazimierz Musiał:

·       Epistemic communities and knowledge regimes in Northern Europe;

·       Nordic-Baltic relations and integration of the Baltic Sea region after the Cold War;

·       Transformations of identities and institutions in Northern Europe in the 21st century.


Marta Skorek:

·       Ecological analysis of discourse in the context of stakeholder engagement in marine environmental governance of the Baltic Sea Region;

·       Cooperation in the area of marine environmental governance in the Baltic Sea Region;

·       Education for sustainability and ocean literacy in the Baltic Sea Region.


Damian Szacawa:

·       The Council of the Baltic Sea States: origin, structure and activity;

·       Democratization and Integration of the Post-communist states in the Baltic Sea Region with Western Europe;

·       To find out a niche – the Baltic Sea Region environmental cooperation in the Inter-governmental Organizations.


Topical research grants and contracts of the group members:

Marta Grzechnik

·       Visiting Scholar, Center for Global History, Freie Universität, Berlin; II-V 2020

·       German Kennedy Memorial Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; IX 2018–VI 2019

·       Visiting Fellow, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Global Transformations (WIGH), Harvard University; IX 2018–VI 2019

·       Post-doctoral research position in the Interdisciplinary Research Training Group "Baltic Borderlands: Shifting Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region”, University of Greifswald, Germany; II 2012–XII 2013 & IV 2014–III 2016;

·       Marie Curie Fellowship for Early Stage Research Training – European Doctorate in the Social History of Europe and the Mediterranean "Building on the Past”; IX 2008–VI 2009.

Agata Lubowicka

·       Research grant founded by the National Programme for the Development of Humanities for English translation and publishing of the monograph "At the heart of Ultima Thule. Representations of North Greenland in Knud Rasmussen's expedition accounts ” (21 XII 2017);

·       Laureate of the programme „Monographs" of the Foundation for Polish Science with the monograph „At the heart of Ultima Thule. Representations of North Greenland in Knud Rasmussen's expedition accounts" (published: VI 2017).

Michał Łuszczuk

·       NCN grant (Beethoven Classic 3): Sustainable Urban Development in the European Arctic. Towards Enhanced Transnational Cooperation in Remote Regions, 2019-22

·       Fulbright Senior Fellowship 2015/2016, The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), George Washington University, 1 XI 2015–20 I 2016;

·       3 years grant NCN FUGA: Department of Northern European Countries, Jan Kochanowski University, Poland (1 X 2012–20 IX 2015);

·       Research Grant founded by Scholarship and Training Fund in the framework of the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism for 9-month research stay in Norway in Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Oslo (VII 2009–II 2010).

Kazimierz Musiał

·       Research and development project: Young People Network for Balticness (YoPeNET) from Project Support Facility of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (2020-22)

·       Research contract (main investigator) – by Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities, to deliver an analysis on „Scientific Excellence: Joint Potentials in the Baltic Sea Region" (III 2017- II 2018); (PDF)

·       Research contract – by Institute of Educational Research to deliver a report on “Reforms of higher education funding in Finland” (orig. in Polish: “Reformy edukacji wyższej w Finlandii w obszarze finansowania szkół wyższych" (III–VII 2014). (PDF)

Marta Skorek

·       Research grant awarded by the Kosciuszko Foundation (NYC) to perform part of my PhD research at the Center for Governance and Sustainability, the University of Massachusetts-Boston (September–November 2015)

Damian Szacawa:

·       The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland: the Supervisor's Research Grant no 3693/B/H03/2009/37: „The Council of the Baltic Sea States”, (20 X 2010–29 II 2012);

·       Research Grant no. FSS/2009/II/D3/W/0015: "The Council of the Baltic Sea States - functioning and conditions" founded by Scholarship and Training Fund in the framework of the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism for 3-month research stay in Norway in Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Oslo (IX 2009–XII 2009).