József Hegedüs, economist (MA) and sociologist (PhD), is a founding member and managing director of the Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest. He was co-organizer of the East European Working Group of the European Network for Housing Research from 1989 to 2015, and a member of the Housing Policy Council, a high-level advisory group in housing policy matters in Hungary from 1996 to 2012. Since 1994 he has been a part-time Associate Professor (from 2007 Adjunct Professor) at Corvinus University Budapest, and has also been teaching urban and municipal finance courses at ELTE University, Central European University’s Summer School and the Budapest Technical University. He has widely published in journals and contributed to books dealing with urban and governance issues, and was co-editor of several books. He has been working in several international housing and urban research/technical assistance projects in the region (Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, etc.).
+ 36 30 9645935
hegedus [at] mri [.] hz
Hanna Szemző (PhD in History, Master’s degree in Sociology and History) has been working for Metropolitan Research Institute for more than 15 years. She has extensive experience in research and consultancy in the fields of urban development, social inclusion, energy efficiency, demography, welfare, and governance analysis. She has participated in various 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programmes of the European Union, prepared strategic development concepts for local governments, and has provided consultancy for Habitat for Humanity International in Armenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently she coordinates the EU financed HomeLab project which connects employment and housing provision in five pilot sites in the Visegrad four countries.
szemzo [at] mri [.] hu
Iván Tosics (born in Budapest in 1952) is one of the principals of Metropolitan Research Institute. He is mathematician and sociologist (PhD) and research fellow with long experience in urban sociology, strategic development, housing policy and EU regional policy issues. Since late 2011 he was one of the three Thematic Pole Managers of the URBACT programme, which has changed since January 2016 into Programme Expert position. He teaches at the University of Pécs, Department of Political Studies, Doctoral School. He is Vice Chair of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR), Board member of the European Urban Research Association (EURA). He was member until 2013 of the HS-NET Advisory Board to UN-HABITAT. He is the Policy Editor of the journal ‘Urban Research and Practice’, member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the ‘Journal of Housing and the Built Environment’ and for ‘Housing Studies.
Éva Gerőházi (MsC in Economics) joint MRI in 1997 and since then she has gained rich experience in diverse fields of urban development. She started her carrier as the project manager of the residential building renovation programme of USAID. Since then she continued on dealing with the energy efficient renovation of residential buildings from time to time broadening the scope to Central and Eastern Europe and focusing on also the issues of energy poverty. She elaborated urban development plans for various Hungarian municipalities and also dealt with the special problems of deprived neighbourhoods. Eva has participated in different research programmes financed by the European Union in the fields of renovation of big housing estates, fostering the community self-organised construction and renovation of the housing stock and the green infrastructure governance in European cities. Eva is currently the coordinator of the European Union H2020 UPLIFT project.
Ildikó Horváth has been working as Metropolitan Research Institute’s administrative coordinator since 1992. Besides managing office logistics and technical infrastructure, her IT skills (e.g. in word processing, image processing, and chart editing software) also support the timely and efficient work of the MRI staff.
+ 36 30 5761472
horvath [at] mri [.] hu
Eszter Somogyi holds a Master's Degree in economics with specialization in Sociology. She has gained over 20 years of professional experience as a researcher at the Metropolitan Research Institute. She has been participating in numerous research and consultancy projects for Hungarian and international clients, among which the evaluation and elaboration of national and local housing policies, housing finance systems and urban regeneration programs. She particularly focuses on social provision and housing affordability problems. She is currently the co-coordinator of HomeLab, a DG Employment financed project piloting integrated housing and employment service provision.
+ 36 30 529 4256
somogyi [at] mri [.] hu
+ 36 30 5294256
Nóra Teller has worked for the Council of Europe, CEB, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, in the framework of the European Commission’s 5th, 6th and 7th Framework research programmes, the European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON), and has acted as a consultant for the European Commission and the World Bank. Her research and consultancy expertise relates to issues of social housing, housing (de)segregation, housing finance, housing exclusion of Roma, homelessness, evaluation of using EU funds for social inclusion, covering CEE countries and selected old member states. She is a member of the European Observatory on Homelessness and the European Network of Housing Housing Research, and acts as a co-editor of the European Journal of Homelessness.
Andrea Tönkő has more than twenty years of research and consultancy experience in the areas of urban development, financing public services, municipal finance and fiscal decentralization issues. She has worked as a project manager for several international programs and conducted research on municipal finance issues, including institutional, financial and organizational structure of public services (water and sewage management, solid waste treatment, transportation). She analysed the possibilities of organising and financing energy efficient interventions in residential multi-family buildings both from the point of view of low income households and from a business perspective. She developed country studies and comparative studies in several research areas, including territorial development, governance models, public utilities and intergovernmental fiscal relations. She worked out training materials for different workshops in these topics. She has training experience as well. She was coordinating the distance learning program of the CEU-OSI summer university course “Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and Local Financial Management” for more than ten years.
tonko [at] mri [.] hu
+ 36 30 8691678
Research assistant - Associate collegue
Diána Vonnák is an urban anthropologist. She joined MRI in 2018. Previously she worked on projects related to urban heritage and cultural politics, transitions in urban planning regimes and the socio-economic underpinnings of sustainable energy use. She worked at the Durham Energy Institute (UK), the Center for the Urban History of East-Central Europe (Ukraine) and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. She taught political anthropology as a guest lecturer at the Department of Ethnology and Social Anthropology, University of Pécs. She is an external research affiliate at Vienna University. She has done fieldwork in the Indian Himalayas, Ukraine and Hungary. At the Metropolitan Research Institute, she has been involved in OpenHeritage, a H2020 project dealing with participatory models in heritage re-use, and in the framework of a sociological research project looking at household strategies. She has edited publications and grant applications at MRI.
Eszter Korinna Turai (MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology) joined Metropolitan Research Institute in 2020. Previously she worked on projects related to the social and labor market effects of the post-socialist transition, deep poverty in Hungary and energy poverty in CEE. She wrote a chapter in the 2018 Housing Report of Habitat for Humanity Hungary about the accessibility and affordability of housing. At MRI, she works mainly in ComAct, a Horizon 2020 project dealing with the energy efficient renovation of residential buildings at risk of energy poverty in CEE and CIS countries. She also contributes to projects related to the revitalization of underused urban spaces and community-based local heritage reuse.
Anna Kerékgyártó read sociology and urban studies at the University of Cambridge and the University of Amsterdam. Her theses focused on urban rehabilitation projects in Budapest and the development of Hungarian mortgage lending. She began working for the Metropolitain Research Institute in autumn 2020. She mainly contributes to housing related projects, such as the Budapest Housing Concept. Part-time she is also employed by Rév8 Józsefváros Urban Rehabilitation and Development Company, where she is also working on housing issues.
Nóra Panna Katona holds a degree in Sociology MA and Survey Statistics Msc. Before joining to MRI she participated in researches in the fields of remembrance and rural life. She started to work at MRI in 2018, contributing to the quantitative analysis of the HomeLab project. Currently she works on an international project coordinated by MRI, called UPLIFT that focuses on urban inequalities among young adults and aims to implement a reflective decision-making process in 4 European functional urban areas. Additionally, she participates in projects in the fields of housing affordability, (de)segregation and homelessness.