Lifetime, complete experience
I have been working with self-governments (i.e. local & regional governments), for self-governments, in self-governments and in the surroundings of self-governments since 1994 and in all these perspectives I deal with their development governance – in particular strategic governance. I was and I am a contractor-consultant of local & regional governments, a scientist examining local & regional development and their governance, a trainer and lecturer on this governance, a member of local authorities, a member and chairman of supervisory boards of municipal companies, an author of self-governance publications and their reviewer, as well as an auditor of local & regional R&D projects. Therefore, my experience in local and regional development governance and self-government practice is rich, consistent and complete.
Experience of self-governments contractor since 1994
I have been carrying out tasks for local & regional authorities since 1994. These are mainly local & regional development strategies, but also other plans, analyzes, audits, reviews, etc. I have done over 120 such works for about 60 clients. In addition, I gave them hundreds of short counsels and individual consultations.
Experience of self-governments scientist since 1994
Since 1994, I have been a researcher at the Wrocław University of Economics, Poland, and periodically also other universities and international entities, conducting scientific research on self-government as well as local and regional development, for which I received a PhD and habilitation degrees.
Experience of self-governments trainer since 1997
Since 1997, I have been training local & regional authorities and other officials on building and implementing: development strategies for communes / cities / districts, city revitalization programs, programs for supporting of SMEs, civil society programs, etc. I conducted ca. 80 trainings. A total of several thousand people participated in them.
Experience of self-government lecturer since 1994
As a university employee since 1994, I teach subjects in the fields of self-governance, local & regional development, among others: local & regional economy, city management, local development strategies, self-government field exercises, etc. Under my guidance, about 200 Master’s and Bachelor’s theses related to this topics were written.
Experience of a member of local government in 2011-2018
In the years 2011-2018, i.e. for two full terms, I was a councilor and deputy chairman of the Jeleniogórski District Council (Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland, European Union), as well as a member of several committees of this council. I won the local elections with the best result in the constituency.
Experience of self-govern. com- panies' supervisor since 2012
Since 2012, I am a member and chairman of the supervisory boards of companies which are the property of communes and which are also large or medium-sized enterprises. One of them is the property of 5 communes, and in recent years has implemented infrastructure investments with a total value of over PLN 400 million.
Experience of the author of self-govern. publications since 1995
Starting from 1995, I published over 100 artic- les, book chapters and author’s books in Polish and English devoted to self-governments (com- munes, municipalities, cities, districts, regions) as well as to local and regional development governance. I was also a scientific editor of a dozen or so collective books on these topics.
Experience of reviewer of self-govern. publications since 2011
For Polish and foreign publishing houses, since 2011 I have been reviewing articles and books on local & regional development issues as well as strategic governance of local & regional development. I am also a member of a few international publishing boards of well known journals dedicated to these issues.
Experience of self-governance R&D auditor since 2019
Since 2019, I work as a monitor expert of the Research Executive Agency in Brussels, reporting directly to the European Commission and managing the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program – the largest in the European Union. I periodically carry out audits of research and development projects carried out by universities, municipalities and regions from EU countries to improve the quality of strategic governance of local and regional development.
Experience of international self-government speaker since 2011
Since 2011, I have been giving guest lectures on self-governance and local development governance at foreign universities. So far there were 21 of them, in: Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Spain, Indonesia, Ireland, Macedonia, Germany, South Africa, Singapore, Sweden, Cyprus, Ukraine, Uruguay and Italy. Among them were prestigious: University of Bologna, National University of Singapore and University of the Witwatersrand.