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Leaders and Secretary

Géza Salamin PhD

associate professor, head of institute

Room: C 532
Telephone: +36 14827706, +36 14827734
Fax: +36 14825097
E-mail: geza.salamin(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

Holds degrees in regional and urban development (Eötvös Loránd University) and economics (University of Szeged). Recieved a regional science Phd. Has been participating in the national planning and programmeming activities related to the EU structural funds since 2002, served as Hungarian coordinator for several international programmemes (ESPON, EUKN, URBACT). Has worked at the Budapest University of Technology, for nine years at VÁTI Ltd. for Regional and Urban Development as an analyst/planner, then as head of office responsible for the national regional development plan, later urban development and international relations, finally, as head of office responsible for tasks related to regional development and urban planning under the Hungarian presidency of the EU. Between 2011 and 2013, he has been working at the Ministry for National Economy as head of department responsible for the preparation of regional and urban development programmemes for the EU programmeming period 2014-2020 (OFTK, TOP, VEKOP); then continued his career at the National Bank of Hungary. Served as vice-president of the Hungarian Society for Urban Planning from 2012 to 2015, which he currently represents as the Hungarian member of the European Council of Spatial Planners. He has been teaching at university since 2001.

  • planning and management (strategic, community, policy)
  • urban planning
  • economic development
  • integrated international strategies

Zsuzsanna Marjainé Szerényi PhD

professor, vice head of institute

Room: C 414
Telephone: +36 14827709
Fax: +36 14825055
E-mail: zsuzsanna.szerenyi(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

Works at the University since 1986, head of the Department for Environmental Economics and Technology between 2002 and 2015. Holds degrees in economics and pedagogy of economics, has been active int he field of environmental economics since 1994.

  • monetary valuation of environmental change (quantitative methods)
  • ecosystem services and their economic valuation (qualitative methods)
  • role of education in the transition to sustainability

Mátyás Szabó PhD

assistant professor, vice head of insitute

Room: C 519
Telephone: 482 7737
E-mail: szabotmatyas(at)gmail(dot)com

He graduated at the predecessor of our Institute. His main areas are rural development, strategic and regional planning. Currently he is head of department at the Ministry of Agriculture. His PhD was about rural development. He supports our Institute in the fields of development policy and rural development.

Márton Péti PhD

associate professor, responsible person for REE MA program

Room: C 519
Telephone: +36 14827707, +36 14827734
Fax: +36 14825097
E-mail: marton.peti@uni-corvinus.hu or peti(at)nski.gov(dot)hu

Holds degrees in regional and urban development and environmental geography (University of Szeged) and geographical information systems (Budapest University of Technology). Over the last ten years, he has been working as senior planner and head of office of VÁTI Ltd. for Regional and Urban Development; head of department at the Office for National Economic Planning and at the Research Institue for National Strategy. From 2000 onwards, he has been participating actively in spatial and strategic planning and development projects at the national and international level, notably as chief planner of the main planning documents governing the current EU programmeming period (Partnerhip Agreement,  National Development and Territorial Development Concept). He has been a university lecturer since 1999.

  • regional sustainability and strategic environmental assessments
  • spatial and strategic planning theory and methodology
  • development policy and regional development planning and assessments
  • national strategy planning and assessment

Andrea Lantosné Pósvai


Room: C 412
Telephone: +36 14827734
Fax: +36 14825055
E-mail: andrea.posvai(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

Coordinator of the Institute, joined the Univeristy in 1999 as coordinator of the part time programme (1999-2009) and the masters programme (2009-2012) of the Faculty of Management. Since 2012 she has been working at the Department for Environmental Economics and Technology in the Institute for Environmental Sciences (predecessor to our Institute). She has extensive experience in coordinating higher education programmes from her time at Eötvös Loránd University, where she studied and later worked at the Faculty for Humanities.

  • programme coordination
  • student affairs
  • Neptun administration
  • correspondence
  • editing publications

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Lecturers and Researchers

Norbert Csizmadia

master lecturer

Room: C 411
Telephone: +36 14827706, +36 14827734
Fax: +36 14825097
E-mail: norbert.csizmadia(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

  • economic strategy and planning
  • global economic strategies
  • geostrategy, geopolitics
  • economic-geographic transitions

Viktor Eszterhai 

assistant professor

Room: C 519
Telephone: +36 14827739

Balázs Forman PhD

accociate professor

Room: C 520
Telephone: +36 14827740
Fax: +36 14825097
E-mail: balazs.forman(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

Has been working at the University since 1995. His current teaching activities are mainly related to regional studies – regional economics, policy, programming. His current research is focused on regional policy in the EU after 2014, locally based economic development and theories of economic growth and development at the regional level.

  • financial geography: financial centres and the spatial aspects of capital flows in the new millennium, the mechanisms governing the spatial spread of the financial crisis
  • economic and regional development and regional policies of Germany, the USA, Great Britain, Spain, Romania, Poland and China
  • regional policy of the EU after 2014
  • regional economics: endogenous and competitive development theories

George Friedman PhD

visiting professor in the 2018/2019 academic year

Our visiting professor, George Friedman is a Hungarian-born U.S. geopolitical analyst. He graduated from the City College of New York and earned PhD degree at Cornell University. In 1996, he founded Stratfor the intelligence and analytics company. In 2015 he left Stratfor and founded his current company, Geopolitical Futures, an online geopolitical publication that charts the course of the international system. George Friedman has been called the "creator of the field of geopolitical forecasting." He is a well know expert, invited to many countries and events as a lecturer and consultant for both corporations and governments. His professional work has been quoted by CNN, Fox News, New York Times Magazine and The Wall Street Journal on numerous occasions. He published bestselling books including The Next 100 Years, The Next Decade, Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe. (Dr. Friedman is the first Invited Distinguished Fellow at the CUB Corvinus Institute for Advanced Studies.)

Éva Hideg DSc


Room: C 410
Telephone: +36 14827731
Fax: +36 14825378
E-mail: eva.hideg(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

Has been working at the Future Studies Department of CUB since 1990. Recipient of the Széchenyi István research scholarship from 2001-2004, DsC since 2012.

  • integrated future research: advancing the theory and methodology of future studies
  • various approaches and paradigms of socio-economic forecasting, their methodology and practical application
  • studying and developing the future orientation of various actors and stakeholders using participative foresight techniques
  • methodology, organisation and management of interactive foresight projects

László Jeney PhD

associate professor

Room: C 410
Telephone: +36 14827735
Fax: +36 14825097
E-mail: jeney(at)elte(dot)hu

Graduated as a geographer (specialising in regional and urban development) and teacher of geography from Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). Worked at ELTE’s department for Regional Geography from 1999 and was awarded a PhD there in social geography (focusing on urban issues). Joined the Department for Economic Geography at CUB in 2009. 

  • studying the effectiveness of development funds in micro-regions, cross-border cooperation
  • developmental success factors for large European cities in the information age
  • regional geography of peripheral global regions
  • methods of regional analysis (study of regional inequalities)

Sándor Kerekes DSc


Room: C 413
Telephone: +36 14827724
Fax: +36 14825055
E-mail: sandor.kerekes(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

Graduated as an economist in 1971 at the legal predecessor to Corvinus University, where he established the Department for Environmental Economics and Technology in 1989. He was the head of the Institute for Environmental Sciences until 2013. He co-founded the CEMS Environmental Challenge Interfaculty Group in 1996, which he chaired until 2009. He was awarded the DsC title in 2003, and an honorary doctorate from the Warsaw Economic University in 2012. Since 2013, he is the head of the Doctoral School for Management at the University of Kaposvár.

  • theory of sustainable development
  • assessment of environmental risks
  • business models of the sharing economy

János Balázs Kocsis PhD

associate professor

Room: C 411
Telephone: 482-7737
Fax: 482-5097
E-mail: janos.kocsis(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu or kocsisjb(at)gmail(dot)com

Active in the field of urban studies since 1996, mainly focusing on urban sociology and history, urban development, housing policy and urban governance. Studied at the Budapest University of Technology, Eötvös Loránd University and the University of Leicester (UK). Teaches at the Budapest University of Technology since 2003 and spent the academic year 2014-2015 as a visiting professor at Indiana University (Bloomington, USA).

  • urban sociology
  • suburbanisation
  • sociology of urban development
  • gentrification
  • housing policy

Tamás Kocsis PhD

associate professor

Room: C 413
Telephone: +36 14827743
Fax: +36 14825055
E-mail: tamas.kocsis(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

Graduated as an economist at the predecessor of CUB in 1995, specialising in accounting and environmental management. Founder and lead editor of academic journal Kovász.  Member of the International Society of Ecological Economics.

  • environmental economics, externalities
  • ecological economics
  • subjective well-being and sustainability
  • quantitative data analysis

Attila Korompai PhD

associate professor

Room: C 520
Telephone: +36 14825498
Fax: +36 14825097
E-mail: attila.korompai@uni-corvinus.hu

Between 1997 and 2009 he was the head of department. Previously, he worked as a biology-geography specialist at the Corvinus University of Budapest’s predecessor. He researched the lay of foundations of future study of territorial, settlement and macroecomic, environmental forecasts, development plans and strategies. His field is the economic and geography of natural resources, regional development, regional and environmental economics and international European development strategies and programs. He is retired.

  • Territorial analysis, forecasting and impact assessment theory, methodology and practice.
  • Territorial and Settlement Development Strategies.
  • Researching and investigating changes in spatial economic and social organization.
  • Regional economics and politics.

József Pál Lieszkovszky 

assistant research fellow

Room: C 520
Telephone: +36 14827731
Fax: +36 14825378
E-mail: jozsefpal.lieszkovszky(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu


He graduated as a geographer with specialization on urban and regional development from Eötvös Loránd University in 2005. He earned his second degree at University of Szeged, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in 2014, with a specialization on international business and economy.

He started his career as a GIS-expert but he also gained professional experiences from the acaedmic sector as well. Later on, he was responsible for the preparation of several urban development programmes and strategies. Using his experience, he was involved in the planning of Territorial Operative Programme 2014-2020 in the fields of transport and urban renewal. In addition, he gained experience in financial and process management of URBACT and INTERREG Central Europe projects. He has been a university lecturer since 2005.

  • Transport geography
  • Transport policy
  • Urbanism
  • Urbanization processes in the developing world
  • Rural-urban linkages
  • Project Management

András Márton

Room: C 410
Telephone: +36 14825405
Fax: +36 14825378
E-mail: andras.marton6(at)gmail(dot)com

PhD student in the field of strategic and future studies. He graduated as economist at Business and Management BA program (Business Communication specialization) and Business Development MSc program at Corvinus University of Budapest.

  • Strategic Management
  • Social an economic forecasts
  • Future studies


Erzsébet Nováky PhD

professor emerita

Room: C 519
Telepone: +36 14827739
Fax: +36 14825376
E-mail: erzsebet.novaky(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

She has been working at the Corvinus University of Budapest since 1970 and has been university professor since 1991. Between 1992 and 2012 she was the head of the Future Study Department. Between 1999 and 2006, she was the head of the Complex Future Study Group of Hungarian Academic of Sciencies-Corvinus University of Budapest. She is the chair of the Corvinus University of Budapest Doctoral School of Social Sciences and the PhD Council, member of the Scientific Council. She is the co-chair of the Scientific Committee on Statistics and Future Research of Hungarian Academic of Sciences, the vice chairman of the Hungarian Rome Club and the chair of Millennium Node in Hungary.

  • Further development and application of future study methods
  • Complex future study methodologies.
  • Socio-economic future of Hungary
  • Environmental modelling, environmental models
  • Future study responsibility

Anna Széchy PhD

assistant professor

Room: C 414
Telephone: +36 14827718
Fax: +36 14825055
E-mail: anna.szechy(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

Graduated at the legal predecessor of CUB in 2004 as an economist and teacher of economics (specialising in environmental management and EU integration) and obtained her PhD from CUB in 2012. Worked at the Environment Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels in 2005/6. She has been working at the University since 2006, participating in several sustainability-related research projects (serving as coordinator for two EU projects related to cleaner production) and teaching courses on environmental economics, management and policy (also in English). 

  • environmental management, environmental innovations
  • EU environmental policy
  • economic valuation of the environment
  • role of education in the transition to sustainability

István Tózsa PhD


Room: C 410
Telephone: +36 14827742
Fax: +36 14825097
E-mail: istvan.tozsa(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

From 2010 he led the Department of Economic Geography and between 2014 and 2015 the Institute of Environmental Sciences at the Corvinus University of Budapest, where he participated in the establishment of Economic Geography, Geo-economics and Sustainable Development Institution. He leads the Center of Economic Geography and Future Research at the Institute. He studied the digital processing of satellite images and environmental geoinformatics at the Institute of Geography of the Hungarian Acadamy of Sciences. From 2000 he led the Department of Public Administration and Urbanism in the State Administration College, then in the Corvinus University of Budapest. He founded an e-management school.

  • Application of urban/municipal environmental health in geoinformatics
  • Processing satellite images for land use and environmental monitoring purposes
  • Settlement and region marketing
  • Administrative process management and e-government content development

Ágnes Varga

assistant professor

Room: C 410
Telephone: +36 14827736
Fax: +36 14825097
E-mail: varga.agi14(at)gmail(dot)com

She graduated as a certified Geography-Biology teacher at Eötvös Loránd University. She holds lessons at the Corvinus University of Budapest Eceonomic Geography Department from 2010. From 2012 she participates in an OTKA research project of Corvinus University of Budapest in cooperation with several members of the Department. Currently she stands before a doctorate degree in Eötvös Loránd University in the field of social geography. In 2016 she became as an assistant professor at the Center of Economic Geography and Future Research at Corvinus Univesity of Budapest. She is a member of the Economic and Social Geography Section of Hungarian Geographic Society.

  • Development experiences and opportunities of disadvantaged regions of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county with an evolutionary economic geography approach
  • The geographical context of entrepreneurial culture and local development opportunities in the disadvantaged settlements of South Abaúj
  • Application of Geoinformatics (GIS) methods in rural geographic research
  • Field analysis methods

Zsófia Vetőné dr. Mózner

assistant research fellow (currently on leave)

Room: C 413
Telephone: +36 14825120
Fax: +36 14825055
E-mail: zsofia.mozner(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

Graduated at the Corvinus University of Budapest in 2009. Her major is Corporate Finance and minor is Marketing Communication. In 2013, she obtained her PhD degree from  Environmental Economics at the Technological Department of Corvinus University of Budapest, where she was working as research assistant from 2013 to 2015. From 2011 to 2012 she was an exchange student of the doctoral school of Universität zu Köln, Cologne Graduate School. In 2014 she won the  Researcher Excellence Award of Corvinus University of Budapest. She will return to the Institute in 2018.

  • Sustainable consumption
  • Ecological footprint methodology
  • Sustainable food consumption
  • Environmental impacts of international trade
  • Environmental modelling with departmental connection balance
  • Carbon accounting

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PhD Students

Mátyás Borbély

Second year doctoral student.

Dávid Csécsi

Room: C 412
Telephone: +36 14827734
Fax: +36 14825055
E-mail: david.csecsi(at)gmail(dot)com or david.csecsi(at)nski.gov(dot)hu

PhD student. He graduated from Eötvös Loránd University in the field of geography, in the specialization of regional and settlement development. He obtained his master's degree in 2017, his research topic was homeless people’s use of space in Budapest. He studies regional and environmental economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest where his research topic is homelessness from an economic and futures studies point of view. From 2017 he studies in the BCE Geopolitics doctoral program. His research theme is the potential roles of the Carpathian Basin and the Central European region in the changing multilateral global geopolitical space. Formerly, he has carried out professional work experience, currently a colleague of the National Strategy Research Institute.

Anett Dékány 

Room: C 412
E-mail: anett.dekany.1(at)gmail(dot)com

Doctoral student. She graduated from Eötvös Loránd University with a degree in geography, specializing in environmental geography. She completed her thesis on waste management. She received her MSc degree from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2015 with a Master's degree in Regional and Environmental Economics, and her research topic was characterizing the global city. She started her PhD in 2017 in the PhD program in Geopolitics at Corvinus University of Budapest. Her research topic is energy efficient urban development, its climate policy, urbanization and livelihood aspects. Previously she has gained experience in project management, currently working as a senior researcher at the eNET Internet Research and Consulting Ltd., as well as in energy and environmental projects.

Dorogi Zoltán

Second year doctoral student.

Sylvia Graczka

Email: graczek(at)gmail(dot)com

PhD student. She recieved master’s degree in Economics and Environmental Engineer at BGF College of Foreign Trade, at BKÁE International Relations and at the University of Óbuda. After 12 years of multinational corporate communications, she is currently working at the Humusz Alliance for nearly a decade, first as the Vice President, later as President, now as expert, on the topic of EU and domestic waste policy. From 2013 to 2015 she was a member of the Environmentally Friendly Product Evaluation and Qualification Committee, from 2013-2018 a member of the National Environmental Council. Currently, she deals with the coordination of sustainable development indicators of the Hungarian Statistical Office (KSH), the UN and EUROSTAT. Her field of research is the methods and indicators of waste prevention in EU and domestic policies, within the scope of the circular economy.

Halász Gergely

First year doctoral student.

Kiss Marcell

First year doctoral student.

Antal Ferenc Kovács

Email: kovacsaferenc(at)gmail(dot)com

Dr. Kovács is founder and managing partner of Century Technology Innovations (CTI, www.ctinno.eu), a promoter and developer of investment projects in the environment sector.  CTI, with a unique proprietary project development methodology, partners with professional companies, academia and public sector institutions, globally.

Dr. Kovács spent more than three decades in the private and public sectors, initially in civil engineering, later in various management positions, mostly in the venture capital and energy industries.  During the early 2010s he served in expert position with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary and contributed to policy projects lead by the Joint Research Center, the policy arm of the European Commission.

Dr. Kovács, a Hungarian native, holds degrees of Dr. Tech. from Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary and Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University, US.  He has four children: Zsófia, Luca, Félix and Elza, lives in Budapest and seasonally in the Balaton Highland region, in Balatoncsicsó, the land of wine and deep thoughts.

Csaba Máté Lovász

Email: lovasz.csaba.mate(at)gmail(dot)comlovasz.csaba.mate(at)gmail(dot)comcsaba.lovasz(at)stud.uni-corvinus(dot)hucsaba.lovasz(at)stud.uni-corvinus(dot)hu

First-year PhD student in the International Relations Doctoral School at the Corvinus University of Budapest at Geopolitics. His doctoral research investigates the geopolitical role of state-related companies in the Central-European region. Previously he graduated on bachelor as a geography-history teacher at Eötvös Loránd University. Later on, he got the master degree as a Geographer at Urban and Regional Development at ELTE in 2019. During his studies, he spent a year at the University of Groningen on Erasmus. His researches focus on the topics of sustainable transportation in Budapest and the dilemmas of renewable energy usage.

Fanni Maráczi

Email: maraczki@gmail.com

Fanni Maráczi first year doctoral student, received her Bachelor’s degree in 2014 from Eötvös Loránd University in East Asian Languages and Cultures with the major of Chinese. Between 2012 and 2013 she spent a year in Nanjing, China with a scholarship of the Chinese and Hungarian governments. She graduated  from the joint master's of Pázmány Péter Catholic University and Corvinus University of Budapest in East Asian Studies. The subject of her thesis was HIV/AIDS and Politics in China. The school year of 2016/17 she spent in Bali, Indonesia learning Indonesian language with the help of an Indonesian government scholarship called Darmasiswa. In 2018 Fanni spent four months conducting research at Fudan University, Shanghai. Her research topic is Taiwan's Geopolitical Significance for Mainland China. In addition to her studies she works as a Chinese interpreter.

Zoltán Megyesi

Elsőéves doktorandusz hallgató.

Gábor Mozga

Elsőéves doktorandusz hallgató.

Zsófia Nemes

Room: C 411
Telephone: +36 14827734
Fax: +36 14825055
E-mail: nemeszsofi9600(at)gmail(dot)com

She graduated in international relations MA – European development policy specification at ELTE as an international relations expert in 2016. She got her BA degree at the same faculty in 2014. As a teaching assistant from 2014 and a visiting lecturer from 2015, she gave lectures for BA students in the fields of  EU policies, regional policy and rural development. 

She has started her phd-studies in September 2017 at Corvinus University of Budapest, in the Geopolitical doctoral sub-program. She would mainly focus on sustainable development, circular economy, resource efficiency and their impacts on rural development in her research and dissertation.

Mihály Retek

Room: C 519
Telephone: +36 14825405
Fax: +36 14825378
E-mail: retsoft(at)freemail(dot)hu

PhD student. Graduated as  Software Developer Mathematician from the University of Szeged in 2003, then in 2011 obtained a degree in Engineering economics at BCU. During his studies at BCU he came into contact with Future Studies and its interactive modelling supported sector. The field of his research is the interactive prognosis and the linking of GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) based massively collimated architectures.

  • System dynamics/ Neural networks/ Multiagents evolutionary model based prognosis
  • Massive parallel processing of algorithms and large-capacity architectures
  • Planning and developing algorithms
  • Developing Visual interactive modelling systems

Attila Szathmári

Room: C 414
Telephone: +36 14825120
Fax: +36 14825055
E-mail: aszathmari(at)eusp(dot)hu

PhD student in the field of sport and sustainability. Graduated as economist in 2003 from Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration majoring Product management and logistics and minoring environmental management.  He has worked for 10 years in the field of logistics  at multinational companies. Currently he is working as sport reporter and journalist for Eurosport.

  • researche of social judgement of High-level sportsmen/sportswomen, the high-level sports of the future
  • Sustainability and competitive sport
  • The role of sport in social well-being

Dorottya Teveli-Horváth

Email: dorottya.teveli@gmail.com

PhD student. Graduated in international relations BA, humanecology MA at Eötvös Lóránd University, and regional and environmental economics MA at Corvinus University of Budapest. In her two master theses she researched the possible formal and informal participative tools of local governments and rural counterurbanisation with qualitative methods. She started her PhD studies in 2018 at Corvinus University of Budapest, in the Geopolitical doctoral sub-program. Her research field in urban economy and community development, specifically urban street management as a tool for enhancing urban competitiveness. In 2017 she was research intern in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, presently she is working in the municipality of Budapest 12th district, in the Office of Urban planning and Architecture.

Gergely Tyukodi

Room: C 531
Telephone: +36 14825405
Fax: +36 14825378
E-mail: gergely.tyukodi(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

PhD student of Future Studies. Graduated as economist from Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration majoring Information Management and minoring Environmental management. He got his Master’s degree at the University of Houston – Clear Lake future studies program.  He works in the bank sector as strategic analytician and consultant.

  • Business forecasting
  • Future managment
  • Supply network forecast in service sector

Virág Varga

Room: C 411
Email: vargavirgo(at)gmail(dot)com

Second year doctoral student.

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Guest Lecturers

Gábor Balás

Economist, Director of the HÉTFA Research Institute. His main areas are public policy instruments, in particular the effectiveness of the usage of development resources, the efficiency of state operations and economic development. In our Institute he teaches urban economic development.

Zoltán Balogh PhD

Graduated in the predecessor of our Institution. Main fields are regional strategic planning and development policy. Currently, he currently works as desk officer at the European Commission. He obtained his PhD n the field of regional development. Zoltán Balogh supports our institution in the field of development policy, programming and programme implementation.

László Borhi DSc

Associate Professor at the Department of Central Eurasian Studies of Indiana University. Scientific Advisor at the Research Center for the Humanities Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 2012 he became Doctor of Sciences (DSc).
Main works: Dealing with Dictators, Indiana University Press, 2016; Nagyhatalmi érdekek hálójában, Osiris-MTA BTK kiadó 2015; Magyarország a hidegháborúban, Corvina kiadó 2005; Hungary in the Cold War, CEU Press, 2004.
Awards: Ránki György Award, Magyar Történelmi Társulat, 1995; Red Cross of the Hungarian Cross of Merit, 2006; Bezerédj Zoltán Award, 2006, Pataki Ferenc Award, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2016.
He was visiting professor at University of Pécsi, ELTE Faculty of Humanities and Dartmouth College. He was guest lecturer at Woodrow Wilson Center and Oslo Nobel Institute.

Zsolt Czene PhD

Agricultural Environmental Management Engineer who worked in the field of rural development, strategic planning of spatial development and programming of cohesion politics. Currently, he is the Deputy Head of the Department of Territorial Development Planning in the Ministry for National Economy. He obtained his PhD degree in the field of spatial development. He teaches rural development at our institution.

Péter Csillik PhD

Room: C 411

Economist (graduated at MKKE in 1978), leading expert of the Central Bank of Hungary. Previously he worked in the Financial Research Institute, the National Planning Office, the Hungarian Credit Bank, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Hungarian Banking Association and in the Central Bank of Hungary, among others. He held (and still holds) courses at the Corvinus University of Budapest, the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, the Budapest Business School, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and at the University of Szeged, among others; he held a dozen courses in the past twenty years. His research topics ranged from municipal management to growth theory and banking, now he has moved towards a global political economy approach.

Courses he holds in our Institute:

- Economic Policy and Sustainable Development
- Schools of Economy

Tibor Faragó PhD

Geography: Candidate (1987 MTA-TMB)

Mathematics: Ph. D. (1979 ELTE), university degree (MSc): applied mathematics(1972 SzPE), postgraduate training: applied climatology (1981 NOAA-NCC), postgraduate training: public administration (2001 Közig. I.), university professor (2005, SzIE), university lecturer (2005- ELTE-KDI, 2010- BCE), environmental policy manager (1992-2010 KvVM). His research and publishing topics are the environmental protection’s internationally relevant topcics, its multilateral cooperation system and conventions.

Péter Folberth

He graduated from the University of Szeged, as a Geographer with regional and urban development specialization. He earned his PhD at the Geosciences Doctoral School. He gained experiences in the civil, corporate and municipal sectors. He was primarily involved in project development, project management and expert activities. He is a leader of a Carpathian Basin development network management organization. Currently he works in several social research projects.

He has experiences in:

  • designing and implementing cross-border international projects
  • Carpathian Basin development and national strategy issues
  • network development and network management
  • regional and settlement development
  • energetic, renewable energy and green industry developments


Zoltán Gál

President of the Hungarian Regional Science Association. Professor at the University of Pécs. Senior research fellow of the Institute for Regional Studies, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies at Pécs.

Judit Gossler

PhD student at the Institute. Graduated as an international relations analyst at CUB in 2014, continuing her studies at the Doctoral School of Business and Management, specializing in environmental economics and management. She is also a student of Pallas Athene Domus Scientiae foundation. She has pursued studies and internships abroad  at Charles University (Prague), Koblenz University of Applied Sciences (Remagen) and the European Parliament (Brussels, Strasbourg). She is a regular guest lecturer at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences.

  • environmental economics and economies of scale
  • interest representation of Member States at the EU level
  • environmental policy, agriculture, fisheries, international trade
  • application of participative teaching methods

Szilvia Hajdú

Szilvia Hajdú is a European Union Cohesion Policy expert. Her primary areas of expertise are the conditions and tools of program monitoring and performance-oriented implementation and their practical applicability. She has also gained experience as professional leader in programming coordination and program evaluation. Over the last decade, she worked mainly in the domestic coordination institutions of the EU funds (the National Development Agency and the Prime Minister's Office), but she also gained implementing experience in financial instruments at the Hungarian Development Bank. Currently, she is a diplomat responsible for Cohesion Policy at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union.

Csaba Jakab

Our guest lecturer works in the field of strategic planning for the Project-management Office of Municipality of Székesfehérvár. Previously he has been working as a programme manager of the Central-Transdanubian Regional Development Agency for nine years, later as a planner-analyst of VÁTI Ltd. for Regional and Urban Development and at the Office for National Economic Planning. His alma maters are The Institute of Geography of the University of Pécs and the Swedish Blekinge Tekniska Högskola in Karlsrona. In our Institute he takes part in the teaching of integrated urban planning, the practical side of municipality level project management.

Imre Körmendy

Palóczi Prize-winner architect, urban planning expert, between 2012 and 2018 president of the Hungarian Urban Planning Society, co-worker of the Szent István University. He worked as a settlement planner in the responsible Ministry and as a Head of Department. In our Institute he teaches urban and regional planning.

Kyra Tomay PhD

Sociologist, urban sociologist. Her major research areas are: urban social inequalities, gentrification, suburbanization, segregation. In our Institute she teaches research methodology and qualitative methods. Previously she was a lecturer at the Eötvös Loránd University and then a planner-analyst at VÁTI.

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Guest Lecturers from Partner Istitutes

Guest Lecturers from PAIGEO Research Institute

Ráhel Czirják

Ráhel Czirják received her BSc degree in geography summa cum laude at ELTE Faculty of Science. She got her MSc degree in spatial and settlement development specialisation cum laude at the same faculty in the second semester of 2015. She spent her professional traineeship at Lechner Knowledge Center dealing with EUKN Hungarian Focal Point issues. During the last year of MSc she had traineeship at the same place.

She has been working at PAIGEO’s research institute since 2015. Her main field of research is the African urbanisation, focusing on the crisis phenomena of modern urbanisation, particularly the slums. She found that in slum development the only effective solution is the community planning.

To deepen her knowledge in this area, she started an MSc in community and civil studies at ELTE Faculty of Social Sciences in 2015, and she graduated in 2017 with summa cum laude. During this period, she got acquainted with the significant role of the civil society, besides community development and community planning.

Since the 2017/2018 semester she has been participating in the life of faculty as the instructor of the Settlement development course – initiated by her. Besides she is a guest lecturer at Budapest Corvinus University.

She publishes articles in Hungarian and also international scientific journals – like Külügyi Szemle, Afrika Tanulmányok and Outre-Terre. She is a regular presenter at national and international conferences, with her latest research results.

Viktor Eszterhai

Viktor Eszterhai is a Senior Researcher at the Pallas Athene Innovation and Geopolitical Foundation since 2015. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2018 at the Eötvös Loránd University Modern and Contemporary History Doctoral Program. He holds an MA in History and Geography, and a BA in Psychology. Between 2014 and 2015 he was a Senior Researcher at the Department of International Relations at the Tsinghua University in Beijing under the joint intergovernmental scholarship program of the Balassi Institute and the Chinese Government Scholarship Council. In 2017 he was a visiting scholar at Fudan Development Institute, Fudan University.

His research areas are the cultural characteristics of Chinese foreign policy, the relationship between China and Central Eastern Europe and non-western schools of International Relations. He speaks English and Chinese in addition to his mother tongue. He has numerous domestic and international publications about China. He is a regular participant of China-related Hungarian and international conferences. Since 2018 he is a visiting lecturer at Corvinus University of Budapest.

László Gere

I was graduated in 2009 at Eötvös Loránd University as a geographer, with specialization in regional and settlement development. During the last semester of the university I started to work as an intern at VÁTI Nonprofit Ltd, at the Territorial Planning and Evaluation Directorate, Department of Spatial Policy, International and Urban Affairs. After graduation I continued to work here as a planner-analyst. During the 3 years spent at VÁTI, I developed a lot of practical skills and gained useful professional experience. In addition to the preparation of regional development and social-economic planning documents and analyses on national level, I was involved in transnational research co-operations as well. Our directorate played a significant role in the work of the Hungarian EU Presidency’s regional development topics. We also maintained professional connection with many transnational spatial development and urban development networks and institutes (e.g. EUKN, ESPON, CEMAT, V4+2, URBACT).

From 2012, as planner-analyst of the Office for National Development Planning, I was involved in the preparation of the EU programming period 2014-2020, namely the drafting of the Hungarian Partnership Agreement for the 2014-2020 programme period, and the compilation of the content of Territorial Development and Urban Development Operational Programme. I also participated in transnational co-operations, mainly in the ADAPT2DC project dealing with the possible solutions for the pressing issue of the Central European demographic change.

From 2015 for a short period I participated in strategic planning tasks at Research Institute for National Strategy. From April this year I am working as part of the PAGEO team dealing with thematic geostrategic and regional analysis issues.

In 2016 I have been qualified as a specialized and literary translation from English and from Hungarian at Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church.

Péter Klemensits

He studied at the Faculty of Arts of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), where in 2007 received his MA in History. He obtained intermediate state examinations in English and French, than completed his PhD Studies at the Doctoral School of Military Sciences of Zrínyi Miklós National Defence University. He received his PhD in Military History in 2012.

After obtaining his degree, he started to teach at the Southeast Asia Center of ELTE as a visiting lecturer. Between 2009 and 2012, he taught history of Southeast Asia from the 16 to 21th centuries. On the subject of history and culture of Southeast Asia, he organized a series of lectures and took part in the start of Southeast Asia Minor of ELTE. In 2012, he gave lectures at the Dharma Gate Buddhist College titled buddhism and war. Between 2012 and 2014, he taught at the Department of International Studies at Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPCU). In september 2014, he has joined the Modern East Asia Research Group, PPCU as an assistant research fellow. From March 2015, he works as an analyst at the Pallas Athéné Geopolitical Foundation’s Geopolitical Institute of South-Southeast Asia. His main research area is, as demonstrated by his numerous essays, the history of Southeast Asia (from the 16th century to the present) and military history in the 20th century, as well as security policy.

Ádám Róma

He started his higher education at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Faculty of Arts and Humanities in Budapest, studying history with East-Asian cultures minor. After receiving his degree in 2016, he spent a year at Qingdao University, China, with the help of the joint scholarship of the EU and Chinese Government. After his return from China, he is currently completing his Master’s Degree at ELTE, specializing in 19-20th century international relations and globalization. Currently he is working as a researcher at the PAIGEO Foundation, where his main area of research and interest is Chinese foreign relations in the East- and South-Asian region, primarily focusing on the history and current state of Sino-Indian relations.

Student Assistants

Student Assistants in the 2018/2019 Academic Year

Éva Varga

Georgina Verhás

Student Assistants in the 2017/2018 Academic Year

Bence Béres

Gábor Mozga

Szabolcs Nagy

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Last modified: 2020.01.21.