Experts & Staff

Pawel Zerka

Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

Latin America, EU affairs, international trade, Poland in the EU


English, French, Spanish and Polish


Dr Pawel Zerka is policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

He contributes to ECFR’s Rethink: Europe initiative, which explores and illustrates European cooperation in innovative ways through the EU Cohesion Monitor and the EU Coalition Explorer. Pawel is also engaged in the analysis of the European public opinion as part of ECFR’s Unlock initiative. Based in ECFR’s Paris office, he’s been part of the team since August 2017.

Previously, he worked as expert and head of programmes at two leading Polish think tanks, demosEUROPA-Centre for European Strategy and WiseEuropa. Zerka holds a PhD in economics and MA in international relations from the Warsaw School of Economics, having also studied at SciencesPo Bordeaux and Universidad de Buenos Aires.


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Can the Frugals transform the EU?

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In the media

The Danish newspaper refers to the latest ECFR poll and its results on the "frugal five".