Experts & Staff

Pawel Zerka

Senior policy fellow

Areas of expertise

Public opinion on foreign affairs


English, French, Spanish and Polish


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

As the European Council on Foreign Relations’ lead analyst on public opinion, Pawel Zerka spearheads the organisation’s polling and data research on foreign affairs. His other areas of study include global trade policy, Latin American politics, as well as Poland’s and France’s role in the European Union. Based in the Paris office, Zerka has been part of the ECFR team since 2017, having worked previously as a foreign policy expert in Poland. He holds a PhD in economics and an MA in international relations from the Warsaw School of Economics. 

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