Piotr Matczak is the head of the Department of Local and Regional Communities Research at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan. He also worked at the Institute of Agricultural and Forest Environment of the Polish Academy of Sciences, lectured at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He has worked in several research projects under the EU Framework Programs, on: climate change, rural development, security, and flood risk management. His interests focus on the institutional aspects of public policies related to local management, natural disasters, water management, climate change and environmental protection. He was the secretary of the Committee for Research on Water Risks at the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2011-13). He is a member of the Research Network of Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty and a member of the Research Network of Society and Environment of the European Sociological Association, the Chairman of the Environmental Sociology Section of Polish Sociological Association. Currently, he is principal investigator of projects: “Video monitoring as a tool to counteract crime” and “The impact of institutional changes on the provision of ecosystems provided to local communities by trees and shrubs” and and a member of the team in the project LAND4FLOOD Natural Flood Retention on Private Land. He is Editorial Board Member of the Journal: Society and Natural Resources.