Ph.D. Advisers 2018/2019

Dr hab. Beata Surmacz


Associated Professor in International Relations Department, Faculty of Political Science, UMCS.

Her research interests mostly focus on three fairly broadly defined areas:

(1) modern diplomacy – the process of change of diplomacy, its character and dynamics: foreign services, public diplomacy, e-diplomacy, diplomacy of non-state actors, paradiplomacy, European Union diplomacy (EEAS). The main effect of the research in this area is the monograph Evolution of contemporary diplomacy. Actors – structures - functions, Lublin 2015 (in Polish)  as well as over 30 articles published in peer-reviewed scientific periodicals or as chapters in monographs and collective publications. They include among others: Diplomacy in late-westphalian international order, Tendencies in the evolution of contemporary diplomacy, New technologies in diplomacy, Summit Diplomacy, Diplomacy of Non-Governmental Organizations, European External Action Service – a new model of diplomacy, The evolution of Polish MFA organization structure since 1989. The political analysis.

3) international place branding - nation branding, region and city branding (how to create, manage and communicate place brands);

(2) issues in the Ukrainian foreign policy and Polish-Ukrainian relations. The main scientific and research achievement is the monograph Contemporary Polish-Ukrainian Relations. A Political Analysis of the Treaty on Good Neighbourliness, Lublin 2002 as well as about 15 articles.

Dr hab. Agata Wiktoria Ziętek (艾佳妲)


Associated Professor in International Relations Department, Faculty of Political Science, UMCS.

100 years ago one of the American political visionaries said: “The Mediterranean is the ocean of the past, the Atlantic is the ocean of the present and the Pacific is the ocean of the future”. This vision has been materialized and we can observe an important shift from Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. This is the reason why Asia Pacific region is one of her field of interest. The second one is culture in international relations. Culture for many years was neglected factor in IR, but today gain attention of many scholars. Today we should think about power not only in traditional way – military, economically, but also in terms of culture – country brand, attractiveness, public diplomacy - soft power. And another aspects of culture in IR, especially interesting for her, are cultural security and cultural intelligence as well as strategic culture.

Dr Agata Ziętek main publications in Polish and English are: Międzynarodowy status Hongkongu, Wydawnictwo UMCS, Lublin 1997, Bezpieczeństwo kulturowe w Europie, Wydawnictwo UMCS, Lublin 2013, Migration as a Security Challenge Facing Europe, (in:) X Conference European Culture 2009, E. Banūs, C. Branea (ed.), Universitat Intrnationale de Catalunya 2012,      Territorial disputes over the South China Sea, (in:) Border Conflicts in the Contemporary World, A. Moraczewska, W. Janicki, Wydawnictwo UMCS, Lublin 2014, New Public Diplomacy as a Consequence of the Information Age, (in:) New Technologies as a Factor of International Relations,  M. Szkarłat, K. Mojska (red.), Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2016, Ewolucja sporów w regionie Azji i Pacyfiku, (in:) Region Azji i Pacyfiku w latach 1985-2015, A. Jarczewska, J. Zajączkowski (ed.) Wydawnictwo Naukowe SCHOLAR, Warszawa 2016, Sekurytyzacja - proces intersubiektywnej komunikacji, (in:) Komunikowanie polityczne, E. Maj, E. Podgajna, A. Szwed-Walczak, Ł. Jędrzejski (ed.), Wydawnictwo UMCS, Lublin 2017, The South China Sea: A Place of Rivalry and Power Management, (w:) TEKA of the Commission of Political Science and International Affairs 2016, No 11/1, Kultura strategiczna Japonii, TEKA Komisji Politologii i Stosunków Międzynarodowych 2016, 11/3.

Dr hab. Michał Łuszczuk



Associate Professor in the International Relations Department in Maria Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin (Poland).

He obtained a Ph.D. degree in political sciences in 2005, and in 2015 was honored with habilitation degree in international relations. He is the author, editor, co-author or co-editor of almost 70 publications, including his recent book about the development of the Arctic policies of the Arctic states in 20th  and 21st century analyzed from a perspective of international roles theory. Please feel free to check his publications here:

In 2015 Michał Łuszczuk was awarded a Fulbright Senior Award, which offered him a possibility for doing research in the Elliot School of International Relations in George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Michał Łuszczuk serves as Scientific Secretary of the Committee on Polar Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (for 2015-2018) and as an expert of the Polar Task Force in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland. For a few years, Michał has been involved in works of the Social & Humanities Working Group of IASC. Since in 2017 he is the Representative of Poland in the IASC Council and was elected as a member of the IASSA Council (for 2017-2020).

His research interests cover international relations, especially in the polar regions (e.g. foreign policies, international organizations, multidimensional security challenges, new forms of cooperation like a science diplomacy - currently he is awaiting for results of application for research grant about this last topic for him and his prospective PhD student.

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Dr. hab. Katarzyna Marzęda-Młynarska


2016-2017 Postgraduate Studies in Agriculture / University of Life Sciences in
2015 Dr hab. in Political Sciences / UMCS Lublin
2009-2010 Postgraduate Studies in Foreign Policy / PISM Diplomatic Academy,
2001-2005 PhD in Political Sciences /UMCS Lublin
1996-2001 MA in International Relations / UMCS Lublin

2005 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Political Science UMCS Lublin
2010-2011 Faculty Coordinator for International Programs

Courses taught
International Social Policy
Economy of International Development
International Social Challenges of Civilization
Economic Diplomacy of Poland
Poland’s Foreign Policy
Poland’s Security Policy

Research interests
Food Security
Global Governance
International Political Economy
Foreign Policy of Poland