Gavin Rae is a sociologist living and working in Poland. He has written extensively on Polish politics, society and economy and on issues relating to Central and Eastern Europe. He has had two books published: Poland’s Return to Capitalism. From the Socialist Bloc to the European Union and Privatising Capital. The Commodification of Poland’s Welfare State. He is a founding member of the think-tank Naprzód (Forward), which is an observer organisation in transform! europe.