MAŁGORZATA SIKORA-GACA – Ph.D. in Humanities, field of specialization: Political Science; Structural Funds Specialist. In 2007, she graduated from Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, obtaining a master’s degree – MA major in European Integration. In 2008, she took a research internship at the Polish Embassy in the Republic of Moldova. In 2010, at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, she defended her doctoral thesis on the party system of the Republic of Moldova, led by professor Jacek Knopek.
She is the Head and Coordinator of projects co-financed from EU funds. In 2009-2012, she was the organizer and participant of many economic missions organized in foreign markets (e.g. in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Hungary, Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Latvia and Mongolia). In years 2011-2018, she was an assistant professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the Koszalin University of Technology. Patron of the MA major: European Project Management. In the years 2012-2018 she has been the coordinator of projects co-realized with leading cultural institutions in Poland and abroad. She is an expert in “hard” investment projects. Since 1st March 2018 she is the assistant professor in the Institute of Political Science at the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz.
Małgorzata Sikora – Gaca is the Member of the Polish Society of Political Science, member of the board in the Political Leadership section of the PSPS. Member of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and European Union Studies Association (EUSA) – EU Political Economy Interest Section. Member of the board of science at Sofra Health Center. Member of the research team in an international project: ,,Party Leaders Database” (http://party-leaders.eu/).
Advisor and supervisor of 29 BA and 34 MA dissertations.
Between 2015-2017 the editorial secretary at “Symbolae Europaeae” magazine. In 2016 the reviewer at “Pogranicze. Polish Borderland Studies”.
The main areas of her research interest are: Eastern European party systems (especially of the Republic of Moldova) and European Funds. She has been dealing with the topics of the latter since 2007, which translates into cooperation with private and public sectors.
Key words: Structural Funds, European projects, EU grants settlement, party systems, Moldova.