New PhD student: Katarzyna Pelc

PhD student at Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University. PhD supervisors are Professors Wolfgang Zank and Søren Dosenrode. PhD working title: ‘When Europe departs from a grant culture: The clash of Europeanization, Multi-Level Governance and Agency. The case of Interreg and financial instruments.

My PhD builds on my work experience for EU Cohesion Policy programme INTERACT (INTERACT Point Viborg, Denmark office), where in the past 9 years I have assisted stakeholders implementing Interreg programmes all over EU as well as the European Commission and the European Investment Fund. My area of expertise covers financial management and financial instruments in multi-country Interreg programmes.

In my PhD I am investigating how the largest of EU policies - Cohesion Policy - works in practice. The case study is the process of developing cross-border investment funds, such as repayable grant, loan and equity funds. I am analyzing how stakeholders involved in Interreg programmes react to change and innovation – departing from the traditional grant culture and moving towards new forms of repayable finance.

I am an economist, graduated from the University of Economics in Poznan, Poland and European Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark. Before joining INTERACT I worked at Eurochambres – the European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Brussels and was a Math teacher at Aalborg University Copenhagen.