Piotr Gliński

Piotr Gliński
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of culture and national heritage
Responsible for issues relating to theatre, ballet, opera, plastic arts, literature, film, museums, folk art, art schools, cultural education, heritage conservation, state archives and foreign cultural exchange, as well as coordination and monitoring of cooperation between public administration authorities and the sector of non-governmental organisations and establishing support programmes for the development of civil society.

Piotr Gliński was born on 20 April 1954 in Warsaw.

He is a professor of sociology, economist (a master’s degree) and university teacher. In 2005–2011, he was the Chairman of the Polish Sociological Associations.

He studied at the Institute of Economic Sciences and at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw. In 1978, he obtained a master’s degree in economics. He completed his doctoral studies at the Department of Lifestyle Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). In 1984, he received a Ph.D. degree in humanities. In 1997, he also earned his habilitation degree at the PAN Institute of Philosophy and Sociology. In 2008, he was conferred the title of professor of humanities. Since late 1970s, he has cooperated with the PAN Institute of Philosophy and Sociology. He served as the Head of the Civil Society Department from 1997 to 2005. As a full professor, he is currently the Head of the Department of Sociology of Social Structures at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Białystok, where he has been working since 1998. A lecturer at many European universities, he also participated in numerous international internships, e.g. at the Stanford University (under the Ford Foundation fellowship programme).

Since the 1980s, he has been an active participant in works of non-governmental organisations. For example, he was a co-founder and a long-term President of the Social Ecological Institute and organised National Congresses of the Environmental Movement. He was a co-founder and a long-standing member of the Board of the KLON/JAWOR Association and of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, as well as a long-term member of its audit committee. In 2011, he was awarded the Polonia Restutitia Officer’s Cross by President Bronisław Komorowski for his “outstanding achievements in works for development of civil society and for his professional and social work for the benefit of the State.”

In the 1970s and 1980s, he was a democratic opposition activist and a member of the NSZZ “Solidarność” trade union (i.a. at the Intervention and Mediation Committee of the “Mazowsze” Region). In 1997, he was a candidate for the Sejm from the list of the Freedom Union under the Environmental Leaders Electoral Committee. He was a member of the Freedom Union from 1998 to 2000. In 2010, he was appointed member of the National Development Council by President Lech Kaczyński; later, he became member of the Coordination Team of this institution.

He has been cooperating with Law and Justice since 2010. On 15 February 2014, he became Chairman of the Programme Council of Law and Justice, where he directed in-depth research work of an experts’ team concerning the new programme of the party. He initiated and organised the Programme Convention of Law and Justice and United Right “Myśląc Polska.” Currently, he is a member of the Political Committee of Law and Justice. In the 2015 parliamentary elections, he was elected deputy to the Sejm of the 8th term.

He is married, with two children.

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