Piotr Godzisz

Interdisciplinary PhD
School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL, 2013 to 2016

Piotr Godzisz is a hate crime consultant with experience in research, policy and capacity building projects. He co-operates with civil society and international organizations working in the field of tolerance and non-discrimination across Europe. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Warsaw. He has published in the area of hate crime.

For his PhD project at University College London, he examines the development of national hate crime policies in Poland. Specifically, he is looking to answer the question why hate crime laws in this country cover hate speech and hate crimes based on racism and xenophobia, but leave out homophobic, transphobic or disablist violence. For this reason, he has analysed the arguments used by opponents of the expansion of hate crime laws, evaluated advocacy strategies of civil society groups as well as examined the influence of international bodies on the development of national hate crime measures.