Piotr Stankiewicz is a professor of sociology at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. His work concerns the relationship between new technology development and social life. Stankiewicz focuses on technology assessment, innovation management, social perception of risk, and public participation in technological innovation. He works at the intersection of science, the public sector, and business. Piotr Stankiewicz studied and conducted research in Cologne, Konstanz, and Hamburg. He graduated in Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Ph.D. in sociology and philosophy) from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. In 2020, he completed the program of Leadership Academy for Poland, which was carried out in collaboration with Harvard University.
For the past 15 years, Stankiewicz has collaborated with such institutions as the Bureau of Research (Biuro Analiz Sejmowych), the Marshal’s Office of the Pomorskie Voivodship (Urząd Marszałkowski Województwa Pomorskiego), Pomeranian Special Economic Zone Ltd. (Pomorska Specjalna Strefa Ekonomiczna), the Pomeranian Regional Chamber of Commerce (Regionalna Izba Gospodarcza Pomorza), as well as with the Polish ministries of economy and environment. The issues under scrutiny in these collaborations included the controversies surrounding genetically modified organisms, the implementation of the Polish Nuclear Power Programme, the search for shale gas in Poland, and the social conflicts surrounding wind farms and cell towers.
From 2017 to 2020, Stankiewicz was Director of the Educational Research Institute (Instytut Badań Edukacyjnych) located in Warsaw. He has also worked on a number of national and international research projects, funded by the National Science Centre (Poland), EU’s Seventh Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, and Erasmus+. He is a member of the team of experts of the National Science Centre (Poland).
His book entitled „Gra w Atom. Społeczne zarządzanie technologią w rozwoju energetyki jądrowej w Polsce” (The Atom Game: Social management of technology in the development of nuclear power in Poland) is an analysis of the implementation of the Polish Nuclear Power Programme. Stankiewicz was the co-editor (together with Mirosław Gwiazdowicz from the Bureau of Research) of a special issue of the journal “Zeszyty Prawnicze Biura Analiz Sejmowych” devoted to the problem of technology assessment.