Researcher from Warsaw’s Collegium Civitas to head the European Commission’s expert team on radicalisation

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A lecturer at Collegium Civitas (CC) in Warsaw, Prof. Rafał Pankowski, has become head of the RAN (Radicalisation Awareness Network) Policy Support advisory group, the European Commission’s expert team on radicalisation.

Prof. Rafał Pankowski, a sociologist specialising in the study of racism and extreme nationalism, has in the past worked as a consultant in the Department of Tolerance and Non-Discrimination of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and has also collaborated with organisations such as London’s Chatham House and Vienna’s Institute for Human Sciences.

He is the author of the books ‘Neofascism in Western Europe. Outline of ideology’ (Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw 1998), ‘Racism and Popular Culture’ (Trio, Warsaw 2006) and ‘The Populist Radical Right in Poland: The Patriots’ (Routledge, London 2010). 

As part of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), Prof. Pankowski, together with other experts, will be responsible for identifying key threats associated with radical movements and formulating priorities for European Union research programmes such as Horizon Europe.