Ewa Korcelli-Olejniczak holds an MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Warsaw) and a PhD in Human Geography (IGSO PAS). Since her Habilitation in 2013, she works as Associate Professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, and conducts courses for students at the Pedagogical Department of the University of Warsaw. Due to her educational structure, in her research Ewa Korcelli-Olejniczak represents an interdisciplinary approach which encompasses a wide range of urban and regional studies. Her PhD constituted a comparative analysis of metropolitan functions of Berlin and Warsaw in the first decade after the political and socio-economic turn of 1989/1990. Her further interests included both empirical and theoretical studies of metropolitan regions, functional relations between urban and rural areas, and intra-urban issues related to urban social diversity and social participation. Her interests in regional studies focused on developing an integrated concept of the contemporary metropolitan region, while in her ‘urban’ research she continued comparative studies, where the emphasis was put on the participatory model in urban governance, strategic planning and social interaction in urban subareas. Ewa Korcelli-Olejniczak is author of over 80 publications, including five books. She participated in many international research projects (whereas in the period of 2013-2017 she was local coordinator of 7th EU FP Project DIVERCITIES. She gave guest lectures at European universities and participated as invited speaker at international conferences. While focusing on the practical dimension of science, Dr. Korcelli-Olejniczak participates in numerous initiatives related to urban development, as member of non-governmental organizations or working groups. For her engagement in the actualization process of the Warsaw Development Strategy Warszawa2030, she recently received an acknowledgement from the Mayor of the City.