Rymsza Agnieszka, PhD

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Agnieszka Rymsza, PhD – sociologist, currently a manager of the Department of Politics and Economy at the Embassy of Poland in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a lecturer at the Collegium Civitas.

In the years 2016-2019 she worked at the Polish Chancellery of the Prime Minister, holding positions from an advisor to the Government Plenipotentiary for Civil Society up to director of the Civil Society Department.

Graduated from Warsaw University (MA in 2000) and the Graduate School for Social Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences (PhD program).

During her doctoral studies, she won three international scholarships, thanks to which studied and collected materials for her PhD: at the University of Manchester, UK (a six month Marie Curie Fellowship in 2001), University of Cambridge, UK (one month in 2002) and Georgetown University in Washington, DC (an 18 month Fulbright Fellowship in 2003-2005). During her stay at Georgetown, she conducted research on the American nonprofit sector and in 2007 defended her doctoral dissertation, entitled: Towards the loss of identity. Comparative analysis of the nonprofit sectors in Poland and United States, in which she described the negative developmental trends of the nonprofit sector related, among others, to pathological aspects of cooperation with public administration. In 2013, Polish Ministry of Work and Social Policy published the Polish and updated version of this work.

An author of numerous publications, including 17 individual articles and 30 book chapters, mostly in the field of nonprofit organizations, public policy and support system for people with disabilities.

Apart from her doctoral research, she has been involved in a number of other research on the nonprofit sector. She led 9 editions of the Polish part of the USAID-funded research: Civil Society Organizations Sustainability Index and was an author of country reports. She has also worked in a number of nonprofit organizations, in Poland and the United States.

Loves traveling, sports (especially sailing and skiing), a vegetarian for 26 years.