I am an assistant professor at the Centre for European Regional and Local Studies EUROREG, University of Warsaw. My primary area of expertise is regional and local development, R&D policy, science of science, and policy evaluation, including evaluation of European Union programmes and projects.
I was a visiting scholar at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada (2011), the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (2014), University College London, England (2014), and Indiana University Bloomington, USA (2016).
I hold a PhD in Economics (2012) and a MA in Regional Development (2006). I also studied at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, with focus on analytical philosophy, philosophy of science, and ethics. I learnt data science at ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, University of Michigan (2017 and 2018).
From 2015 to 2017 I was a member of the Young Scientists Council at the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. In 2016 I was elected to the Senate of the University of Warsaw (2016-2020 term).
I frequently advise national and international institutions―including the European Commission, European Parliament, World Bank, UNDP, national and regional governments, and governmental organisations―on regional development, research policy, and European Union funds design, implementation and evaluation.
My full CV can be downloaded here: Adam Ploszaj's CV
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New book! "The Geography of Scientific Collaboration", Routledge 2019
Science is increasingly defined by multidimensional collaborative networks. Despite the unprecedented growth of scientific collaboration around the globe—the collaborative turn—geography still matters for the cognitive enterprise. The spatial location and distance between scholars and research organisations affect their likelihood to collaborate and to achieve results that expand the knowledge frontier. At the same time, the developmental prospects of cities, regions, and countries result from, and depend on, their place in the global network of research collaboration.
This book explores how geography conditions scientific collaboration and how collaboration affects the spatiality of science. Addressing these questions requires the reconstruction of historical developments that led to the collaborative turn in science, the examination of mutual relations between science and places, and the analysis of spatial patterns of research collaboration at various levels: from individual to global. By combining a vast array of approaches, concepts, and methodologies, the volume offers a comprehensive theoretical framework for the geography of scientific collaboration.
The momentous role of collaboration for contemporary science implies that understanding the processes and patterns of research collaboration is now essential, not only for scholars interested in science studies, but also for policymakers and managers of research organisations. Those more practically oriented readers may be particularly attracted by the case studies of scientific collaboration policies from the European Union, the United States, and China, as well as the catalogue of tools for scientific collaboration policy.