Doctor habilitatus; she is an associate professor at University of Economics in Katowice and the director of the Postgraduate Study in Foreign Trade. Her research focuses on the European Union regional policy and competitiveness of the regions, international cooperation of the regions, including cross-border cooperation and innovation policy. She publishes extensively in the field of her interest and she is the author, co-author of articles, chapters in monographs – more than 80 publications. Her academic teaching refers to the issue of international economics, international business, management of EU funds, EU cohesion policy. She gave lectures abroad, including in Austria, France, Finland, Switzerland, Portugal, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Russia. She gained practical experience in the field of the EU cohesion policy, including European territorial cooperation. She was the expert of the Polish Ministry of Regional Development during preparation of the Operational Programme of Cross-border Cooperation Czech Republic-Republic of Poland 2007-2013 within the European Territorial Cooperation objective (of the EU cohesion policy) and the expert during preparation of the Supplementary Document to the Operational Programme of Cross-border Cooperation Republic of Poland-Slovak Republic 2007-2013. She received a scholarship at the Oxford University in the UK and stayed at the European Commission in Luxembourg as a trainee.