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Head of Department


Dr. Elekes Zsuzsanna Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet / Szociológia Tanszék
Egyetemi tanár / Professor
C épület, 526
Phone: +36 1 482 7344 • Ext: 7344
Hajdu Miklós Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet / Szociológia Tanszék
Egyetemi tanársegéd / Assistant Lecturer
C épület, 526
Phone: +36 1 482 7344 • Ext: 7344
Dr. Hegedűs Rita Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet / Szociológia Tanszék
Egyetemi docens / Associate Professor
C épület, 528
Phone: +36 1 482 7332 • Ext: 7332
Dr. Kristóf Luca Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet / Szociológia Tanszék
Egyetemi Docens / Associate Professor
C épület, 523
Phone: +36 1 482 7341 • Ext: 7341
Dr. Letenyei László Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet / Szociológia Tanszék
Habilitált egyetemi docens / Habilitated Associate Professor
C épület, 521
Phone: +36 20 925 43 54
Dr. Melegh Attila Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet / Szociológia Tanszék
Egyetemi docens / Associate Professor
C épület, 521
Phone: +36 1 482 7322 • Ext: 7322
Dr. Moksony Ferenc Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet / Szociológia Tanszék
Egyetemi tanár / Professor
C épület, 528
Phone: +36 1 482 7332 • Ext: 7332
Dr. Vicsek Lilla Mária Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet / Szociológia Tanszék
Egyetemi docens / Associate Professor
C épület, 525
Pachetti Federico Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet / Szociológia Tanszék
Adjunktus / Assistant Professor
C épület, 522
Dr. Gál Róbert Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet / Szociológia Tanszék
Egyetemi Docens / Associate Professor
C épület, 524, 524
Phone: +36 1 482 7334 • Ext: 7334

Phd Students

Ahmed Said Al Ghadani

Supervisor(s): Lilla Mária Vicsek

Research topic: Expectations around artificial intelligence and robotics and the role of these projections in the present – A study of Oman Vision 2040

Short intro: In my research, I am trying to investigate how the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics into society will contribute to shaping the present and future socio-technical pathways in OMAN. Further, I will try to uncover the government’s role in the production of future imagery and its positioning. On one hand, the Omani government is a robust player in creating the nation’s understanding and expectation of AI, however, on the other hand, like any other government, the public and private narratives have an influence on the government. 

Ali Md Niamot

Supervisor(s): Vera Messing, Luca Kristóf

Research topic: The Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis in Elite and Public Discourse in Bangladesh

Ayse Aysu Sinik

Supervisor(s): Lilla Mária Vicsek 

Research topic: The Effects of Industry 4.0 on the Labor in Turkey

Short intro: A. Aysu Sinik is a third year Ph.D. student. Her research aims to analyze how decision-making mechanisms within companies and necessary government channels are shaped by the labor and automation investment strategies while also considering the technology and business policies of states that promote technology use to enhance economic growth. In so doing, it purports to explain how the workforce is positioned in the new technology systems by employing the theory of sociology of expectations by taking Turkey’s food industry as a case.

Alexandra Bagi

Supervisor(s): Adél Pásztor

Research topic: International Student Mobility in the Transnational Era: Transnational social spaces and mobility capital

Short intro: International student mobility (ISM) is gaining momentum. Hungary is also part of this phenomenon, but the students coming here (especially from the Global East) face significant problems after arrival notably from cultural and social aspects. With my research I aim to connect ISM with transnationalism, transnational social spaces and migration capital to understand the experiences of mobile students. Focusing on how internationally mobile students live their everyday lives, I can also have a better understanding on how their border-crossing relationships and exchanges happen through transnational social spaces. I want to uncover the ways international students can improve their capital throughout their mobility in Europe. Researching social networks in a qualitative way can give a wider picture of how students can utilise their newly created transnational social networks.

Orsolya Bajusz

Supervisor(s): Lilla Mária Vicsek, Anna Wessely 

Research topic: When Activism, Tactical Media, Visual And Participatory Media Involve High Stakes: Investigating The Visual And Participatory Aspects Of Science Communication

Fikadu Tolossa Ayanie

Supervisor(s): Attila László Melegh

Research topic: Ethiopia: Authoritarianism in the Age of Digital Technology

Short intro: My research aims at explaining the authoritarian survival in countries of the Global South that suffer from autocratic rules of varying forms in the age globalization as we undergo massive development in ICTs. In doing so, it attempts to vindicate how intensification digital technology commodifies information, spurring the integration of nations into global market economy in the wake of neo-liberal ideology that reinforces authoritarian power relations by examining the Ethiopian political experiment.

Helga Frech

Supervisor(s): Zsuzsanna Elekes, Tamás Bartus

Research topic: Cross-cultural analyses of gender norms in correlation to the gender ratio in delinquency, health, and suicide.

Short intro: The research aims to shed light upon and test empirically, how deviation is different societies and cultural norms connect and hold causality. Cultural differences of norms (believes) and roles (actions) are being compared.
The research tests, weather deviant behavior among males is magnified by gender norm believes within and between societies. The dissertation will measure gender norms by a Cross Country Survey on Cultural and Gender Norms (ESS, WVS) Gender difference in household duties and power in the domestic sphere, gender difference in labor force participation and participation in the social sphere (OECD). Also, the research investigates the within society distributions, clusters, and hierarchies of gender norms (Eurostat). Thus, the studies examine the relation between gender norms and risk behavior: The within society correlation of gendered norms with the presence of risk behavior and delinquents (ESPAD). Latent classes of deviant behavior, alcohol and drug use and delinquent behavior (Latent profile analyses and Structural modeling, ESPAD Hungary). Between society traditional gender norms /as an instrument (IV- SISTER method)/ in relation to risk behavior, health risks, life expectancy, the risk of death by Covid19 (SHARE Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, SHARE Corona Survey,), and higher suicide ratio (WHO) among males (random effects) and the difference between objective and subjective well being in the light of cultural differences.

Miklós Hajdu

Supervisor(s): István János Tóth

Research topic: Corruption risks of Hungarian municipalities:
Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses

Short intro: My thesis analyses the integrity, more precisely, the quality of public procurement activity of the Hungarian local governments in terms of corruption risk – or the potential presence of corruption – with a twofold aim. The first of them is the revelation of relationships between the corruption risk that potentially occurs during the procurement of the municipalities and certain local socioeconomic factors which are proven to be important predictors (or at least correlating variables – causal inferencing is a fickle endeavour on this particular domain) by preceding studies, mostly based on cross-national statistical analyses. The second goal is the evaluation of the corruption risk indices from the methodological perspective: as the present analysis is restricted to a group of institutions with several special characteristics, namely the local governments, which have democratically elected leaders, operate nationwide and their integrity affects the everyday lives of the citizens, it may result in insights about the validity of the corruption risk indices, at least within the municipalities. To achieve these goals, I did mixed-methods research consisting of a statistical analysis of the public procurement contracts issued by the Hungarian towns and some of their background characteristics and interview research involving the leaders of the local governments, entrepreneurs and experts involved in the tenders of municipalities.

Ágnes Horváth

Supervisor(s): Lilla Mária Vicsek

Research topic: Critical evaluation of scenarios about the future of work created by Hungarian IT professionals

Virág Ilyés

Supervisor(s): Tamás Bartus, László Lőrincz

Research topic: Social Networks and Individual Labor Market Outcomes – Evidence from Linked Employer-Employee Panel Data

Short intro: The role of social networks in labor markets has been widely recognized for decades. The dissertation focuses primarily on the perspective of individuals and aims to give a deeper understanding of how social networks shape the economic and employment opportunities of individuals. It investigates the direct and indirect effects of professional ties on a wide range of labor market outcomes, such as job finding probabilities, the level of wages, job stability, and the chances for upward mobility in terms of employment outcomes. Following recent trends in the measurement of network effects, the empirical work takes a relatively novel approach to quantify the economic benefits of social ties by exploiting the potential of a large Hungarian linked administrative employer-employee panel dataset. Although direct information on social ties is not available in the dataset, the availability of anonymous firm and individual identifiers makes it possible to identify various segments of networks, such as former co-workers and university peers. Building on studies using similar data, elaborating on the empirical approaches already applied for measuring network-related effects, and incorporating recent developments in panel data methods, the dissertation presents 3 empirical studies on the role of social ties in the labor market. The results, on the one hand, draw attention to the importance of professional ties as essential intermediaries facilitating and directing worker mobility. On the other hand, they provide indications of the downside of networks: social ties may directly or indirectly contribute to maintaining or even increasing existing labor market inequalities.

Merve Burcak Ketene

Supervisor(s): Attila László Melegh

Research topic: Migration Narratives in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin: Local Typologies, Value of Water and the Embedded Environment

Zsuzsanna Kollár

Supervisor(s): Zsuzsanna Elekes, Zsuzsa Kaló

Research topic: Trauma informed care and covid (TBC)

Anna Martin

Supervisor(s): József Hegedüs, Adriana Diaconu, Gerard van Bortel

Research topic: Housing Crises in Europe, the new housing precariat in Hungary and Denmark

Short intro: Using the theory of systematically and individually mediated reflexivity this research will demonstrate how individual and structural factors are interlinked and contribute to housing issues together in the context of two countries. The analysis will rehabilitate the juxtapositional approach and describe the contrast and similarities between the Danish and Hungarian housing system with a focus on vulnerable groups. Both countries were affected by the wealth-creating feature of housing as a commodity, that has been reinforced over time, which inevitably made housing costs more expensive. Social and territorial inequalities increased, and a new housing precariat emerged, as the socioeconomic position of the middle class has become unstable. The research will redefine the housing precariat with a mixed research design.

Fruzsina Mikó

Supervisor(s): Beáta Nagy

Research topic: Parental attitudes towards adolescents’ use of technology

Gergely Mónus

Supervisor(s): László Lőrincz

Research topic: Understanding Internal Migration from a Network Perspective

Short intro: The growing importance of agglomerations, spatial spillovers, and other kind of interactions between settlements is widely recognized in urban research. Interestingly, macro-level studies of internal migration – one of the most important underlying social process of urban development – traditionally overlook such effects. Researchers tend to focus on settlements as individual units through gravity or push-pull models. In my proposal I argue that these modeling frameworks are unable to explain migration as a system, a shortcoming that can be overcome by the application of network theory and network models.

Neil Cezar Labay Sapungan

Supervisor(s): Adél Pásztor, Anna Laura Hidegh

Research topic: Ethnographic study on Filipino Students 

Andrea Zsuzsanna Nyéki

Supervisor(s): Károly Bozsonyi 

Research topic: The World of Work in the Hungarian Television – The Portrayal of Occupations in Hungarian Fiction Series

Valéria Pelyhe

Supervisor(s): Primecz Henriett, Takács Judit

Research topic: Gender in workplaces in the view of transgender people

Orsolya Polyacskó

Supervisor(s): Borbála Göncz, Vera Messing

Research topic: The Politicization of Migration and Integration in Hungary – Claims-making in the media

Flóra Samu

Supervisor(s): Károly Takács, Szabolcs Számadó

Research topic: Collaboration and reliable communication in dynamic networks

Silva e Souza Cibele

Supervisor(s): Zoltán Szántó, Lilla Mária Vicsek

Research topic: Representations of corruption in the media: comparative study of Brazil and Portugal

Ainura Smailova

Supervisor(s): Borbála Göncz

Research topic: Comparative study of Brazil and Portugal 

Solano Cahuana Iris Laudith

Supervisor(s): Henriett Primecz, Beáta Nagy

Research topic: Gender equality in academic governance: Organizational approaches and collective attitudes

Short intro: The study aims at contributing to the formal evidence for higher education institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean region (LAC) on individual, organizational, and social influences over women’s representation in academic decision-making bodies, with a particular focus on affirmative actions, informal strategies, and collective perceptions within public universities.

Borbála Júlia Szczuka

Supervisor(s): Ivett Szalma, Judit Takács

Research topic: Climate change, Covid-19 and Fertility

Réka Tamássy

Supervisor(s): Zsuzsanna Géring

Research topic: Discursive construction of minorities in Hungarian online political communication

Trần Thị Thúy Hằng

Supervisor(s): György Lengyel, Andrew Ryder

Research topic: Climate change, social capital

Short intro: My research focuses on the relationship between social capital and the recovery of the people through social capital. How to use social capital like a tool to adapt with natural disasters. The research will analyse the relationship of individual and community levels for disasters resilience; to understand of the effect of natural disasters on residents’ livelihood; to comprehend how the people do based on social capital when coping pre, during and post-disasters.

Orsolya Udvari

Supervisor(s): Judit Durst, Ivett Szalma 

Research topic: Women’s Trauma Narratives in the Hungarian Obstetric Care

Short intro: Orsolya Udvari is a PhD student at the Sociology Doctoral Program at Corvinus University of Budapest since 2021. Her research focuses on the phenomenon of obstetric violence and her topic is women’s trauma narratives in the Hungarian health care system, comparing experiences based on class and ethnicity with qualitative methods.

Eszter Vit

Supervisor(s): Károly Takács, Dorottya Kisfalusi

Research topic: Peer Effects on Educational Aspirations

Sarolta Wichmann

Supervisor(s): László Letenyei

Research topic: Family and social structural changes in China in the light of modernity and migration

Short intro: In the past few decades, China’s economic development has transformed the structure of Chinese society and within it also of families. Both internal and external migration processes have a significant impact on blood relations. The traditional Chinese extended family seems to be disintegrating in the south. Middle-aged men and women who are able to work are looking for work away from home either abroad or  on the mainland. Left-behind children and the elderly remain only in the villages. The urban middle class mainly sees the prosperity of their families abroad. The influence of the onechild policy is still felt today, although the male dominance in the cities seems to be declining. In more and more families of urban intellectuals, the value is not only represented by the male child. Gender roles are also being transformed, and femininity and masculinity are taking completely different forms.

Youssef Siwar

Supervisor(s): György Lengyel

Research topic: Entrepreneurial intention among Tunisian university students: the impact of the institutional support

Emeritus / Emerita professors

Kapcsolódó elérhetőségek

Faragó Tamás Kommunikáció és Szociológia Intézet / Szociológia és Társadalompolitika Tanszék
Professzor Emeritus / Prof. Emeritus
C épület
Dr. Hrubos Ildikó Kommunikáció és Szociológia Intézet / Szociológia és Társadalompolitika Tanszék
Professzor Emeritus / Prof. Emeritus
C épület, 524
Phone: +36 1 482 7334, +36 70 530 9779 • Ext: 7334
Kuczi Tibor Kommunikáció és Szociológia Intézet / Szociológia és Társadalompolitika Tanszék
professor emeritus
C épület, 521
Phone: +36 1 482 7322 • Ext: 7322
Dr. Lengyel György Kommunikáció és Szociológia Intézet / Szociológia és Társadalompolitika Tanszék
Professzor Emeritus / Prof. Emeritus
C épület, 528
Phone: +36 1 482 7332 • Ext: 7332
Dr. Ujvári Márta Kommunikáció és Szociológia Intézet / Szociológia és Társadalompolitika Tanszék
Professzor Emeritus / Prof. Emeritus
C épület, 525

External teaching staff 

Ildikó Dén-Nagy  

Noémi Katona  

Márton Simonkay  

Administrative Staff

Waffenschmidt Edit Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet
Intézeti titkárságvezető /Head of Secretariat of Institute
C épület, 535
Phone: +36 1 482 7000 • Ext: 7000
Rentkó Erzsébet Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet
Intézeti referens / Institute Reference
C épület, 535
Phone: +36 1 482 7379 • Ext: 7379
Zsibók Anita Rektori Szervezet / Társadalom- és Politikatudományi Intézet
Intézeti referens / Institute Reference
C épület, 535
Phone: +36 1 482 7272 • Ext: 7272

Staff Office is in Building C Room Nr 503.


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Friday: 8:00 – 13:30

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