Kacper Szulecki

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Academic interests

  • International studies
  • Public policy
  • Energy policy and security
  • Climate policy and governance (national, European, global)
  • Environmental politics
  • EU and Central-East European politics
  • Qualitative and textual methods
  • Dissent, protest - transnational social movements

Courses taught

Higher education and employment history

Work experience

  • Researcher, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, 2019-present
  • Visiting fellow, Department of History and Civilization (HEC), EUI Florence, May 2019
  • Assistant professor, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, 2014-2019
  • Visiting fellow, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI Florence, 2017
  • Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, 2013
  • Guest Researcher, Department of Climate Policy, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), 2013
  • Researcher, Cluster of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Integration”, University of Konstanz, 2008-2012
  • Research Coordinator, Environmental Studies and Policy Research Institute (ESPRi), Wroclaw, 2010-present
  • Intern, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU Amsterdam, 2008


  • Ph.D., University of Konstanz, summa cum laude (2012)
  • M.Sc., Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, cum laude (2008)
  • Erasmus, Political Science / IR, University of Oslo (2006-2007)
  • Studies in International Relations and Sociology, Warsaw University (2003-2007)
  • Social psychology, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities (2003-2004)
  • Graduate seminars at ETH Zurich, PRIO and National University-Kyiv Mohyla Academy (2008-2009)



Tags: International Politics, Energy policy, Climate Politics, Environmental policy, Social Movements, Public policy


Monographs and Edited Volumes

Journal Articles

Szulecki, K. and D. H. Claes, 2019. ‘Towards Decarbonization: Understanding EU Energy Governance’ (Editorial), Politics and Governance, 7 (1) 1-5.

Leiren, M. D., Szulecki, K., Rayner, T. and C. Banet, Energy Security Concerns Versus Market Harmony: The Europeanisation of Capacity Mechanisms’, Politics and Governance, 7(1): 92-104.

Szulecki, K. 2018. 'Truth in the Time of Infowars: Moral Politics and Conscience', East European Politics and Societies, 32(2), 320-327, DOI: 10.1177/0888325417742494

Ancygier, A. and K. Szulecki, ‘What is a rational energy policy and who is the judge?’, in Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy, 13(8), 357-362, DOI: 10.1080/15567249.2018.1494762
Misik, M. and K. Szulecki, 2018. 'On the complexity of energy policy inquiry. Response to Krzykowski and Krzykowska', Energy Policy, 118, 106-108, DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2018.03.019

Szulecki, K. 2018. ‘Conceptualizing Energy Democracy’, Environmental Politics, 27(1) 21-41, DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2017.1387294

Szulecki, K., S. Fischer, A.T. Gullberg and O. Sartor, 2016. 'Shaping the ‘Energy Union': between national positions and governance innovation in EU energy and climate policy', Climate Policy, Climate Policy, 16(5), pp 548-567, DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2015.1135100

Szulecki, K. 2016. ‘European energy governance and decarbonization policy: learning from the 2020 strategy’, Climate Policy, 16(5), pp. 543-547, Taylor and Francis, DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2016.1181599

Szulecki, K., 2015. ‘Heretical geopolitics of Central Europe. Dissidents intellectuals and an alternative European order’, Geoforum, 65, pp. 25-36, DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.07.008 .

Szulecki, K., Borewicz, T. and J. Waluszko, 2015, ‘A Brief Green Moment: The emergence and decline of Polish anti-nuclear and environmental movement’, Interface, Volume 7 (2), pp. 27 - 48

Szulecki, K. and K. Westphal, 2014, ‘The cardinal sins of European energy policy: Non-Governance in an uncertain global landscape’, Global Policy, 5(s1), pp. 38-51,  DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12153

Creutzig, F., Hedahl, M., Rydge, J. and K. Szulecki, 2014, ‘Challenging the European Climate Debate: Can Universal Climate Justice and Economics be Reconciled with Particularistic Politics?’, Global Policy, 5(s1),  pp. 6–14, DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12156

Puka, L. and K. Szulecki, 2014, ‘The politics and economics of cross-border electricity infrastructure: A framework for analysis’, Energy Research and Social Science, 4, pp. 124–134, DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2014.10.003

Szulecka, J. and K. Szulecki, 2013, ‘Analysing the Rospuda River Controversy in Poland: Rhetoric, Environmental Activism and the Influence of the European Union’, East European Politics 29 (4), pp. 397 – 419.  DOI:10.1080/21599165.2013.836701

Szulecki, K., 2011, ‘Hijacked Ideas: Human Rights, Peace and Environmentalism in Czechoslovak and Polish Dissident Discourses’, East European Politics and Societies 25 (2), pp. 272 - 295. DOI: 10.1177/0888325410387643

Szulecki, K., Biermann F. and P. Pattberg, 2011, ‘Explaining Variation in the Performance of Energy Partnerships’, Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions, 24(4), pp. 713 -736. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0491.2011.01544.x

Szulecki, K., 2011, ‘Neophyten, Häretiker, Dissidenten: Polnische Linksintellektuelle und (Anti-)Kommunismus’ Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung 2011, pp. 61 - 88.

Szulecki, K., 2009, ‘‹‹Partnerstwa dla zrównoważonego rozwoju›› jako nowa forma współpracy transnarodowej’, Stosunki Międzynarodowe – International Relations, 40(3-4), pp. 91-112.

Working papers and Reports

Szulecka, J. and K. Szulecki. Polish Environmental Movement 1980-2017: (De)Legitimization, Politics & Ecological Crises, ESPRi Working Paper 6/2017, Environmental Studies and Policy Research Institute, Wroclaw, November 2017. 

Szulecki, K. 'Poland’s renewable energy policy mix - European influence and domestic soap opera‘, CICERO Working Paper 1/2017, CICERO Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo, April 2017

Heinrich, A., J. Kusznir, H. Pleines, K. Smith Stegen and K. Szulecki,‘Towards a common EU energy policy? Debates on energy security in Poland and Germany’ , ESPRi Policy Paper nr 2, September 2016.

Ancygier, A. and K. Szulecki, Die polnische Energie- und Klimapolitik in der Verantwortung von PiS, Polen-Analysen Nr. 175, Feb. 2016, pp. 2-10.

Szulecki, K., Ancygier, A. and K. Neuhoff, ‘Energy Union: From Idea to Reality. Discussion Summary’. European Commission, Berlin, December 2015. 

Szulecki, K., A.T. Gullberg, S. Fischer and O. Sartor, ‘Giving shape to the Energy Union: Concept’s evolution, national expectations and possible impact on EU climate policy’, conference working paper for the The 2020 Strategy Experience: Lessons for Regional Cooperation, EU Governance and Investment conference. DIW/Climate Strategies/IDDRI/UiO: Berlin, London, Paris, Oslo, June 2015.

Szulecki, K., Ancygier, A. and D. Szwed, ‘Energy democratization? Societal aspects of de-carbonization in the German and Polish energy sectors’, ESPRi Working Paper No. 5, ESPRi: Wrocław. March 2015. 

Puka, L. and K. Szulecki, ‘Beyond the "Grid-Lock" in Electricity Interconnectors: The Case of Germany and Poland’, DIW Discussion Paper No. 1378, DIW: Berlin, 2014.

Ancygier, A. and K. Szulecki, ‘A Common Renewable Energy Policy in Europe? Explaining the German-Polish Policy Non-Convergence’ ESPRi Working Paper No. 4, ESPRi: Wrocław. 2014.

Ancygier, A. and K. Szulecki, ‘Does Local Energy Mean Renewable? Report from a Survey on the Acceptance for the Development of Renewable Energy Sources Among Polish Local Authorities’. ESPRi Report No 1, May 2014.

Selected Book Chapters and Contributions in Edited Volumes

Silvast, A., R. Bolton, V. Lagendijk and K. Szulecki. 'Crossing Borders: Social Sciences and Humanities Perspectives on European Energy Systems Integration', in Foulds C. and R. Robinson (eds.) Advancing Energy Policy Lessons on the Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities, London: Palgrave Pivot, pp. 97-110. 

Szulecki, K. ‘Towards Liberal Geopolitics’, in Szulecki, K. (ed.) Cracking borders, rising walls. The Crisis of the European Order, Warsaw: Liberal Culture, October 2016, pp. 11-38.

Szulecki, K. ‘Jak je obtížné žít v pravdě’, in Jiří Suk and Kristina Andělová (eds.) Jednoho dne se v našem zelináři cosi vzbouří. Eseje o Moci bezmocných, Prague: Czech Academy of Sciences, November 2016, pp. 109-117.

Szulecki, K., ‘Die Auswirkungen Tschernobyls auf die grüne Opposition in Polen bis 1989 (und danach)’, in: Arndt, M. (ed.) Politik und Gesellschaft nach Tschernobyl. (Ost-) Europäische Perspektiven, Bremen: Ch. Links, March 2016, pp. 26-52.

Szulecki, K., ‘Renewable energy’, in Pattberg, P. and F. Zelli (eds.), Encyclopaedia of Environmental Politics and Governance, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, November 2015, pp. 416-422. 

Szulecki, K. ‘Order of the Orderless: Shaping Dissident Identities between De-stabilization and Re-stabilization’, in Falkenhayner, N., A. Langenohl, J. Scheu, D. Schweitzer and K. Szulecki (eds.), Rethinking Order: Idioms of Stability and Destabilization. Bielefeld: Transcript, November 2015, pp. 105-124.

Falkenhayner, N., A. Langenohl, J. Scheu, D. Schweitzer and K. Szulecki, ‘Idioms of Stability and Destabilization. Introducing the Concept of ›Idiom‹ to the Epistemology of Social Analysis’, in Falkenhayner, N., A. Langenohl, J. Scheu, D. Schweitzer and K. Szulecki (eds.) Rethinking Order: Idioms of Stability and Destabilization, Bielefeld: Transcript, November 2015, pp. 9-30.

Szulecki, K., ‘Nuove idee di pace in un'Europa divisa: l'impatto transnazionale delle iniziative di pace dei dissidenti cecoslovacchi e polacchi nei tardi anni Ottanta’, in: Lomellini, Valentine and Antonio Varsori (eds.) Dal Sessantotto al crollo del Muro. I movimenti di protesta in Europa a cavallo tra i due blocchi, Milano: Franco Angeli, January 2014, pp. 211-234.

Szulecki, K., ‘Freedom and peace are indivisible’:  On the Czechoslovak and Polish dissident input to the European peace movement 1985-89’, in: Brier, R. (ed.), Entangled Protest: Transnational Perspectives on the History of Dissent in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, Osnabrück: Fibre, Nov. 2013, pp. 199-229.

Szulecki, K., Biermann F. and P. Pattberg, ‘Partnerships for sustainable development in the energy sector: explaining variation in their problem-solving effectiveness’, in: Biermann, Frank, Philipp Pattberg, Sander Chan, and Aysem Mert, Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Emergence, Influence and Legitimacy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012, pp. 88-112.

Szulecka, J. and K. Szulecki, ‘Environmental Peacebuilding: Transnarodowe działania na rzecz ochrony środowiska jako platforma zaawansowanego zapobiegania konfliktom na Bliskim Wschodzie’ [Environemntal peacebuilding: Transnational environmental protection as a platform of advanced conflict prevention in the Middle East], in: Kostecki, Wojciech (ed.). Zaawansowane zapogieganie konfliktom, Warszawa: Aspra, 2011, pp. 205-225.

Szulecki, K., ‘Smashing concrete with words. The Central European ‘dissidents’, their representations and discourses.’ In: Fischer, Sabine and Heiko Pleines (eds.) Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe before and after the End of Socialism, Bremen: Ibidem Verlag, 2010, pp. 11-23.

Pattberg, P., K. Szulecki, S. Chan and A. Mert. ‘Assessing the Role and Relevance of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) in Global Sustainability Governance’, In: D. Vollmer (ed.) Enhancing the Effectiveness of Sustainability Partnerships, Washington D.C.: National Academies Press, 2009, pp. 81-108.

Selected Reviews

"Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy: Fifteen Contentious Questions" by Benjamin K. Sovacool, Marilyn A. Brown and Scott V. Valentine, Central European Journal of International and Security Studies, 13(2) May 2019.

“Globalization and the Environment. Capitalism, Ecology and Power” by Peter Newell. Central European Journal of International and Security Studies, 7(3) December 2013.

“Krzysztof Kozłowski: Kolory Rewolucji”, Sprawy Międzynarodowe, 65(3) 2012: 111-4.

“Prawa bez granic” (on W. Osiatyński’s book „Human rights and their limits” – Polish edition), Kultura Liberalna 147 (44), November 1. 2011.

“Padraic Kenney, 1989: Democratic Revolutions at the Cold War’s End. A Brief History with Documents”, Stosunki Międzynarodowe – International Relations, 43(1) July 2011: 353-356.

„The Revolution That ‘Meant All Things to All People’: a Comparative Review” (review essay on D. Ost’s monograph The Defeat of Solidarity. Anger and Politics in Postcommunist Eastern Europe and G.J. Beyer’s Recovering Solidarity. Lessons from Poland’s Unfinished Revolution), H-Net, November 2010.

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