Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw

President of the Executive Board: Dr Jacek Kucharczyk

EPIN Liaison officer:

Agnieszka Łada






Agnieszka Łada
Head of the European Programme/Senior Analyst
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E-mail: agnieszka.lada(at)


The Institute of Public Affairs is an independent, non-partisan public policy think tank. The IPA was established in 1995 to support modernisation reforms and to provide a forum for informed debate on social and political issues. It conducts research as well as societal analysis and presents policy recommendations.

The IPA aims to:

  • implement projects significant for the public domain
  • initiate public debates
  • identify potential threats to the social fabric and anticipate future problems
  • offer new ideas for policies aimed at solving existing and future problems
  • act as a bridge between academia, the world of politics, the media and NGOs

The Institute of Public Affairs has prepared reform proposals for the key areas in society and politics. The Institute has a network of associates, which consists of scholars from different academic institutions as well as numerous social and political actors. The IPA publicises the results of its activities in the form of books and policy papers. It also organises seminars, conferences and lectures. Its publications are distributed to members of parliament, government officials, the media and non-governmental organisations.

The IPA thematic programmes:
1. The European Programme focuses on social, political and cultural challenges related to European integration, including:

  • the future shape and borders of the European Union
  • reforms of EU policies
  • the efficient  use of the EU assistance funds
  • public opinion and attitudes towards European integration
  • public perception of Poland and other European countries. 

2. The Social Policy Programme conducts research on the consequences of the social transformations in Poland and in Europe. Its projects concentrate on:

  • the role of non-governmental organisations in social policy
  • the condition and the legal environment of the Third Sector
  • strategies for preventing unemployment and social marginalisation
  • consequences of demographic changes in Poland and Europe
  • policies towards particular social groups
  • social and civic dialogue

3. The Citizen and Law Programme is devoted to strengthening civic rights, the rule of law as well as transparent and citizen-friendly public administration. The Programme is focused on:

  • the state of Polish democracy
  • citizen participation in public life
  • citizens' access to jurisdiction and legal assistance
  • methods and strategies of corruption prevention
  • political finance
  • ethics in public administration.

4. Migration and Eastern Policy Programme focuses on the challenges facing the Polish and European migration policy as well as the issues related to the transition in Eastern Europe:

  • the role of Poland in the European Neighbourhood Policy
  • migration processes related to the European Union enlargement
  • the flow of labour and global labour markets
  • the consequences of the EU visa policies for the neighbouring countries
  • dissemination of the Polish transition experience in East European countries

+++ List of recent IPA publications +++