School of Public Policy at Central European University

The School of Public Policy at Central European University is, in the words of its founder, George Soros, a "new kind of global institution dealing with global problems" through multi-disciplinary study of public policy, innovative teaching and research, as well as meaningful engagement with policy practice.


SPP offers three master's degrees in public policy, and a specialized PhD program. The programs are tailored for students from around the world seeking careers in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors at the local, national, and international levels. The School boasts a team of outstanding resident faculty, world-class visiting faculty made up of top researchers, and practitioners in the public policy field who bring a wide array of academic and practical subjects to SPP's diverse classroom.

The School has launched global initiatives and hosted numerous public events that have focused on developing an innovative research agenda while deepening cooperation with the Open Society Foundations and its networks. SPP has also built strategic partnerships with policy actors across the globe and is home to two policy centers: the Center for Media, Data and Society and the Center for Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery. Its Global Policy Academy (GPA) attracts top policy-makers, NGO leaders, and scholars to discuss the current challenges of global governance in fields as diverse as economic policy and development, conflict, human rights and democracy, global drugs and public health policy, and migration.

Over the past three years, GPA has collaborated with OSCE structures and institutions on its executive course on Field Analysis in Fragile States and Transitions, its annual training of policy advisers from Eastern Partnership countries, its Academy for National Human Rights Institutions, and on various occasions to promote OSCE commitments within the human dimension.

School of Public Policy at Central European University
Visiting address: Október 6 utca 7, H-1051, Hungary
Postal address: Nador u. 9, 1051 Budapest, Hungary
Tel: +36 1 327 3110
Fax: +36 1 327 3120


Xymena Kurowska
Associate Professor, Department of International Relations


Xymena Kurowska is an IR theorist interested in interpretive policy analysis. She received her doctorate in political and social sciences from European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She works within International Political Sociology employing psychosocial approaches, with particular focus on security theory and practice, subjectivity, ideological formations, and interpretive methodologies.

She has been a grantee of European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Programme and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie senior research fellow at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. She also served as the CEU principal investigator in Global Norm Evolution and Responsibility to Protect, chair of International Political Sociology section at International Studies Association, co-editor of Palgrave book series Central and Eastern European Perspectives on International Relations, and academic rapporteur for EU Cyber Direct.