The election of the next IPSA Research Committee Liaison Representative (RC Liaison) will be held during the Advisory Committee on Research (ACR) meeting that will take place at the IPSA World Congress of Political Science in Poznań (Poland) on July 27, 2016 from 5:15pm to 7:15pm.
Members of Research Committees (RC) had until April 23 to submit their candidacy to the IPSA Secretariat. You will find below the two candidacies received. Please note that we will also accept candidacies at the ACR meeting.
Here are some aspects of the work of the RC Liaison: Created in 2000, the RC Liaison sits at the Committee on Research and Training (CRT) held at each IPSA Executive Committee meetings (2-3 times per year). She/he is the person who represents the interests of the Research Committees within the IPSA official bodies and strengthens the research committees-Executive Committee linkage. The Liaison Representative also advises the IPSA Executive Committee and the IPSA Secretariat on matters related to the research committees. To this goal, she/he constantly communicates with the RC officials and work in close collaboration with the Chair of the CRT and the IPSA Secretariat on all matters related to research committees.
Prof. Christian Haerpfer is the Chair of IPSA Research Committee 17 “Comparative Public Opinion” since 2011. The activity of RC 17 is aimed at the implementation and analysis of international cross-national research in political science on the basis of comparative opinion surveys in North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eurasia.
Since 2013, Prof. Haerpfer is the President of the World Values Survey, the world’s largest academic program and survey infrastructure in the political sciences, operating in 108 societies and covering over 90% of world’s population.
Prof. Haerpfer is the Founding Director of the Institute for Comparative Survey Research “Eurasia Barometer” in Vienna, Austria since 1991. The network of “Eurasia Barometer” includes more than 25 countries and over 150 social and political scientists and social survey researchers. In his capacity as the Director of “Eurasia Barometer” Prof. Haerpfer is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Barometer Survey Group, which is the worldwide organization for comparative large-scale quantitative surveys in the political sciences, consisting of Afro Barometer, Arab Barometer, Asian Barometer, Eurasia Barometer, and Latino Barometer.
Christian Haerpfer is Research Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna (Austria) since 2003. Prof. Haerpfer has served as Full Professor of Political Science and held the ‘Established First Chair in Politics’ at the University of Aberdeen in the UK (2004-2015). He served as Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK), National University of Rwanda (Kigali & Butari, Rwanda), University of Kiev (Ukraine), University of Kharkov (Ukraine) and University of Salzburg (Austria).
Prof. Haerpfer has excellent communication skills and networking abilities. Being the Chair and Director of a number of research organizations and infrastructures, Prof. Haerpfer has extensive experience of organization of collaborative work of many regional and national teams with the equal and symmetrical involvement of all participants and attention paid to the messages and requests of each of them. If elected, the priority of Prof. Haerpfer in the position of RC Liaison Representative would be to ensure that the needs and messages of all RCs are fully received by the IPSA Secretariat. This will include implementation of such tasks:
- to develop and introduce new mechanisms of regular communication and information exchange with all IPSA RCs;
- to facilitate intense bilateral and multilateral cooperation between Research Committees;
- to provide the IPSA Secretariat with regular monthly updates about the activities and concerns of all RCs;
- to provide all RC’s with quarterly updates about research opportunities, events and plans within IPSA.
Prof. Haerpfer is an enthusiastic academic leader and always encourages all members of RC 17 and other colleagues at all levels of academic seniority in their research and scientific activities. Prof. Haerpfer is a reliable and responsible colleague and is hence an optimal candidate for the position of Research Committee Liaison Representative.
Prof. Zukowski is a Full Professor, Director of the Institute of Political Science, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Poland), 37 staff members and about 1,000 students.
He is a PhD supervisor (10); honoris causa promoter (Wolfgang Schäuble – 2007, Jerzy Buzek - 2014); reviewer: PhD thesis (40), dozens of books, papers and grants (e.g. Fulbright Advanced Research Awards).
He gained a research and educational experience abroad, e.g.: Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit – Berlin, 2005; Immanuel Kant State University of Russia in Kaliningrad, 2005, 2009, 2011; Universita degli Studi di Bari, 2009; Universidad de Valencia, 2009, 2011; Universiteit Antwerpen, 2012; Barentsinstituttet – Kirkenes, 2014.
He participated in international conferences: Cape Town (1994), Budapest, Budapest (1995), Paris (1997), Rome (1998), Vienna, Bloemfontein (1999), Brussels, Durban (2001), Stellenbosch, Rome, Vilnius (2002), Gorki (2003), Svetlogorsk (2010), Kaliningrad, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad (2011), Svetlogorsk, Moscow, Sankt Petersburg (2012), Turku, Amman (2013), Moscow, Turku, Kirkenes – Nikel (2014), Lviv, Hamburg, Klaipeda (2015) and in the IPSA Congresses: Durban (2003), Santiago (2009), Madrid (2012), Montréal (2014).
Prof. Żukowski headed 12 research grant projects, e.g.: 2001 „Multiracial and multiethnic democracy – New South Africa and ethnic minorities from Central Europe: Comparative study”, UNESCO; 2012 “Eastern Policy of Poland and international cooperation of Warmia and Mazury Region”, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 2013-2015 “Close neighbours in 21st century – new communication and perception”, Lithuania-Poland-Russia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme, the European Union.
He is a member of scientific associations: Polish Political Science Association - member of the Executive Committee (2001-2007); founder and the first chair of the Olsztyn Branch (2001-2010); Committee on Political Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences - member (since 2007), board member (since 2011), vice-chair (since 2016); IPSA – board member of RC 21.
As the Research Committee Liaison Representative of IPSA, Prof. Żukowski will put forward the following aims and challenges:
- extensive work in the interests of the Research Committees and strengthening a position of the RCs in relation to the Executive Committee;
- maintain constant and effective communication between RCs and all official bodies of the IPSA, particularly with the Executive Committee, the Secretariat and the Committee on Research and Training;
- regular and frequent contacts with the Chairs of all 51 Research Committees;
- the exchange of experiences between the RCs (both scientific and organizational);
- propagate the scientific results among RCs (joint conferences, workshops, panels) in the time between Congresses; assistance in developing RC websites.