1st Edition

Universities and Non-Governmental Organisations A Comparative European Study of the Potential for Civil Society Collaboration

    240 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In the opinion of the general public, universities and NGOs would be natural partners for effective collaboration in many fields. They are indeed, but mainly in theory. This book examines the reasons why this is the case and what possible models of cooperation and facilitated dialogue between institutions of higher education system and NGOs could transform this theoretically optimal union into practice. The authors start with Poland and analyse legal, cultural and socio-economic factors, which impact upon the current state of affairs. Subsequently they move on to consider cases from four other European countries: Portugal, Austria, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. Then they propose possible solutions, areas for further research and formulate recommendations for strengthening future cooperation between the two main types of actors which shape education and increase awareness in civil societies. Universities and Non-Governmental Organisations will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in higher education and research, public discourse and civil society.


    Monika Banaś, Franciszek Czech, and Małgorzata Kołaczek

    Part I: UNI-NGOs in the Context of Civil Society – Research Theory and Methodology

    I.1. How Universities and NGOs Collaborate

    Aleksandra Lis and Agnieszka Pacut

    I.2 How Universities and NGOs see each other. Review of literature on partnership concepts

    Mateusz Lewandowski and Franciszek Czech

    Part II. Stability, dynamics, imbalance – the realities of universities and the third sector in Poland

    II.1 University as a collaborator – Universities, society and culture

    Radosław Rybkowski

    II.2 Third sector in Poland – legally defined but socially unfulfilled

    Anna Jach

    II.3 The power of cultural heritage. Civil society and UNI-NGO cooperation in the light of existing research

    Renata Hołda

    II.4 Culture and University’s third mission– NGOs as natural, but unappreciated partners?

    Adam Żaliński

    II.5 Bureaucratic ivory tower? Cooperation with NGO from the perspective of Polish HEIs

    Franciszek Czech and Andrzej Porębski

    Part III. European models of cross-sectoral cooperation in comparative perspective

    III.1 Scientific institutions and civil society. A European Union perspective

    Marta du Vall

    III.2 Practical and efficient above all. Austria

    Małgorzata Kołaczek

    III.3 Multicultural mosaic as a strength. Portugal

    Karolina Golemo

    III.4 Heritage as a tool. Slovakia

    Monika Banaś

    III.5 The culture of NGO-HEI cooperation in the United Kingdom

    Franciszek Czech

    Part IV. The future of university-NGO cross-sectoral cooperation.

    Conclusions with recommendations

    Monika Banaś, Franciszek Czech, and Małgorzata Kołaczek


    Monika Banas ́is Professor at the Faculty of International and Political Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Her research focuses on culture, politics and their mutual dependencies. She has published on migration and integration policies, political culture and political symbolism. Her works include: Protest in Late Modern Societies. Dynamics, Forms, Futures (co-editor Ruslan Saduov), Routledge; Integration Policy as a Challenge for European Cohesion in Politicke Vedy, Swedish Migrant Integration Policy After 2015: A Revised Approach in the Shadow of the Migration Crisis in Fuori Luogo. She is the Chief Editor of the academic journal Intercultural Relations.

    Franciszek Czech is a University Professor, sociologist and political scientist at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University, Cracow. His research interests include analysis of public discourses, political culture and civil society. He performs various administrative functions at the university, and in addition he has experience of collaboration with various non-governmental organisations. He is the author of two books, numerous articles and reports. He currently sits on the Advisory Board of the ERC-funded project “Populism and Conspiracy Theory (PACT)”. His most recent article is Links Between Conspiracy Thinking and Attitudes Toward Democracy and Religion: Survey Data From Poland ("Politics and Governance”).

    Małorzata Kołczek, PhD, political scientist, is deputy director and Assistant Professor in the Institute of Intercultural Studies, Jagiellonian University. She is co-founder of Foundation Towards Dialogue and book review editor for Romani Studies. She is the author of Ethnic Mobilization of the Roma and the European Union. Poland, Slovakia, Hungary JUP 2014 and co-author of Direction: Future. 25 Years of Freedom and the Roma People JUP 2018 and Cooperation Between Universities and NGOs as Civil Society Animators Using the Potential of Cultural Heritage KA 2019. For 20 years, she has researched topics regarding the Roma community: ethnic mobilisation, socio-political situation and media coverage of Roma minority.