We highly encourage our students to make best use of their time at Natolin beyond the coursework. We promote student initiatives and in particular welcome attempts that help them tap into the considerable academic and policy expertise that we have established in our consistent areas of interest: energy and climate governance, migration, journalism and media.
Natolin Energy and Climate Governance Nest
Mentor: Amb. Artur LORKOWSKI
Energy is an engine of global political and economic change. At the same time, climate change changes social, economic and environmental determinants globally. Climate action and transition to a low carbon economy with the objective to eventually reach climate neutrality is a high priority on the political agenda, both internationally and in the EU. Ever ambitious climate goals, a complex polycentric governance, diverse interests of global and transnational stakeholders, rapidly changing energy markets, as well as a need to focus on a social dimension in the context of just transition have significantly formed the discourse on energy and climate policies. Building on the campus’ well-established experience in offering topical energy, climate and environment related curriculum, students participating in the Energy and Climate Governance Nest activities will continue discussing the challenges of this complex transformation and of its governance both from the global and EU perspectives.
The ultimate mission of the Nest is for students to deepen their academic knowledge and professional skills through a range of extracurricular activities, which cover issues in line with the current global and European priorities in the areas of energy and climate policy and governance. Furthermore, the initiatives materialized by the Nest will aim at promoting a debate on energy transition and climate action, as well as providing a platform for insightful exchanges and development of ideas between stakeholders coming from academia and research, public, private and the non-governmental environments.
Natolin Academy of Migration
Mentor: Dr Patrycja SASNAL
Fellow: Dr Amel HAMMAMI
Coordinator: Ms Maja OLSZEWSKA
The Natolin Academy of Migration is a platform for reflection where the study of migration is placed in a broader social, historical, legal and political perspective. In the academic year 2021/2022 the Natolin Academy of Migration will address the phenomenon of migration from a human rights perspective, with particular focus on the following:
- The rights of migrants and non-migrants;
- Perspectives of countries of origin, transit and host countries – obligations of states;
- European Union and legal obligations to migrants and EU citizens;
- Gender and migration – women migrants and their rights;
- Minorities and migration;
- Climate refugees and human rights;
- Legal framework for the global governance of migration;
- International organizations protecting rights of migrants and refugees.
These topics will be reviewed in light of the ongoing political developments in Europe’s neighbourhood and beyond: current migratory trends at EU’s southern and eastern borders, situation in main countries of origin and host countries (Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey), the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees as well as other regulations, the current work of the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, COP26 and others.
In the course of 2021/2022, we shall learn and deliberate the phenomenon of migration and human rights with particular attention to how sensitivities around it play in internal and international debates, how governments manage and use the phenomenon, and what language is employed to talk about it in the public space, including mass and social media. Natolin students are invited to initiate and organize academic and non-academic events so as to increase knowledge, learn sensitivities and brainstorm solutions.
Natolin Journalism and Media Nest
Mentor: Mr Adam REICHARDT
Coordinator: Ms Tatevik HOVHANNISYAN
We aim to explore together with students current trends and issues related to journalism and media in Europe and the world. We will achieve this mission by having practical trainings and workshops (writing, interviewing, editing, etc.); as well as discussions and debates on hot topics. The Nest will also deliver additional opportunities for students interested in getting published in non-academic publications.