The professorial nomination

We are very pleased to inform than accordingly to the decision of the Polish President from the 17th of April 2019 Professor Iwona Sagan was given the title of Professor of Earth Sciences.

Since 2002 Professor Iwona Sagan has been managing the work of our Department (formerly the Department of Economic Geography), as well as the RECOURSE Center of Excellence. She is the author and co-author of several dozen scientific publications related to various dimensions of urban, regional and metropolitan policies, the concept of place and territorial identity. She also took part in over one hundred domestic and foreign scientific conferences devoted to the issues mentioned above. In her recent book (The City. A New Question and New Policy / [PL] Miasto. Nowa kwestia i nowa polityka) (2017) Professor Sagan attempts to summarise her research and describe current dilemmas regarding the notion of urbanity. Her postdoctoral dissertation (A city. The scene of conflicts and cooperation: urban development in the light of the concept of the urban regime  / [PL] Miasto. Scena konfliktów i współpracy: rozwój miast w świetle koncepcji reżimu miejskiego (2000)), was a detailed analysis of the socio-economic transformation of Gdynia in the last decade of the twentieth century, with reference to its history and the founding myth of the city.

Professional activity of Professor Iwona Sagan includes also: membership in councils, associations and scientific boards (including the Working Team for Urban and Metropolitan Areas at the Committee for Spatial Economy and Regional Planning at the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences); membership in editorial committees of editorial journals (i.e., in the Editorial Board of Regional and Local Studies / [PL] Studia Regionalne i Lokalne); promotion of master’s and doctoral thesis; numerous publishing reviews; domestic and foreign scientific internships.

Alongside scientific activity, Professor Sagan also takes part in the public debate. Only in recent months she strongly emphasized the need for stronger cooperation between local governments within the borders of the Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area, during the third metropolitan debate of “Dziennik Bałtycki” in Olivia Business Centre. Then, in an interview for “Gazeta Wyborcza”, she described the dilemma between concentration and diffusion of development processes.

The unflagging enthusiasm of Professor Sagan, her ability to listen and share knowledge remain the source of inspiration for the members of the Department and our students.