Krzysztof Szczepaniak, PhD has become the new director of the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Gdansk. He previously served as deputy director of the unit.
We asked Krzysztof Szczepaniak, PhD about his vision for the development of the Centre and his plans for the coming months:

Research and teaching activities related to sustainable development have been carried out at our university for many years. There are also development projects aimed at caring for the state of the environment and sustainable social and economic development. We want the Centre to be a place where knowledge about the university’s achievements in this area is gathered. On this basis, we create an educational, research and service offer that is useful inside the university, as well as in our region – for local governments, businesses, schools and communities.


Krzysztof Szczepaniak, PhD

Krzysztof Szczepaniak holds a PhD in economics with specialization in management sciences and works as an assistant professor at the Department of Investment and Real State at the Faculty of Management at the University of Gdańsk. From 2019 to 2020 he was the Head of the Department of Investment and Real State.

Krzysztof has gained professional experience holding managerial positions at financial institutions and local government units as well as leading teams of several dozen people.

Moreover, he was a member of the JESSICA Investment Board at the Marshal Office of the Pomorskie Voivodship (2010–2016); an energy expert at the Pomeranian Investment Board for Repayable Financial Instruments (2017–2020); and Vice-President of the Board of the following special purpose vehicle:  Techtransbalt Sp. z o. o. (2014–2021).

Krzysztof provided expert advice to the Research Executive Agency at the European Commission in Brussels (2018–2021).

In addition to being a member of the editorial board and a reviewer for several scientific journals, Krzysztof evaluates research, implementation, and socio-economic projects co-funded by: Horizon 2020, the Pomorskie Voivodeship Regional Operational Programme, and other initiatives.

Not only has he managed and developed numerous research and didactic projects but he has also participated in research and teaching internships held in Finland and Portugal.

Krzysztof is an honorary member and co-creator of the Gdansk Tourism Organization as well as a member of the Gdansk Scientific Society, the Real Estate Scientific Society, and the Professor Brunon Synak Pomeranian Research Institute.

His research interests include: 

Enterprise investment management, innovation management, socio-economic development of the region, the implementation of sustainable development policies, renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.