Jacek Sagatowski

Research Topic:

Legitimation of a Eurosceptic narrative by the Polish right
Government and Politics Network
Jesus College
MPhil European Politics and Society

I am currently researching Euroscepticism in Poland as part of my MPhil at DPIR. Specifically, I am trying to understand how the Law and Justice party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość) has succeeded in legitimising a narrative that both bashes the EU and its values, and simultaneously highlights the key importance of Poland's membership in the Union.

Before starting the MPhil at the Department of Politics and IR, I studied for a BA in Geography at the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford. There, I researched drivers of voters' Euroscepticism in Poland through a case study of a village in the east of the country, which had the highest vote against joining the EU in the 2003 referendum.

Aside from the politics research, I am involved with the Ditchley Foundation where I co-organise a network of alumni of Ditchley's internship programme. Recently I worked in the Polish parliament in the legislative department of one of the political parties.


My research focuses on the following main areas:

  • European Union

  • determinants of opinions on European integration

  • illiberal counter-revolution

  • relationship between Poland and the EU