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Adjunct Professor of Earth Science, University of Silesia in Katowice

Michal Apollo is an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, a Fellow of Yale University’s Global Justice Program, New Haven, USA, a Visiting Scholar at Hainan University – Arizona State University Joint International Tourism College, Haikou, China, and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Tourism Research Wakayama University, Japan. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Earth science in the field of geography at the Pedagogical University of Cracow, and PGCert in Global Development at the University of Warsaw. Michal is an enthusiastic researcher (research field: System man – high-mountain environment), traveller (visited more than 60 countries on 6 continents), mountaineer (several new climbing routes, including first ascent on two Himalaya peaks: in 2006, Masala Peak, and in 2012, Forgotten Peak), ultra-runner (among others, finisher of a 100-mile trail race), diver (AOWD), photographer (a few photo exhibitions) and science populariser (a few hundred of pop-science lectures). Michal’s unique background allows him to integrate knowledge from the perspectives of various points of view into his research and consultancy work. His areas of expertise are tourism management, consumer behaviours well as environmental and socioeconomical issues. In his main research field he focuses on human presence in high mountain regions, and their well-being. Currently, he is working on a concept of a sustainable use of environmental and human resources, as this is a key to development, prosperity and well-being of all stakeholders. Michal is a Board Member of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) and a founder and a chairman of ASAP Poland. In 2014, he received the title of the Man of the year 2013.
For more on Michal Apollo visit his website


  • –present
    Adjunct Professor of Earth Science, University of Silesia in Katowice


  • 2017 
    Pedagogical University of Krakow, PhD Earth Science (geography)
  • 2013 
    University of Warsaw, PGCert (Global Development)

Professional Memberships

  • Academics Stand Against Poverty (Board Member)
  • Yale University’s Global Justice Program Fellow, New Haven, USA