OUR TEAM

CZIRFUSZ, MÁRTON - co-founder

Studied geography with a specialization in regional analysis at the Eötvös Loránd Science University and received his doctoral degree in human geography. He has more than ten years’ experience in basic and applied research in the field of urban and regional development in Hungary. With a disciplinary background in human geography he understands uneven development and social inequalities as inherently spatial phenomena. Apart from his academic background he has practical skills in data analysis and GIS applications. He was member of the editorial board of LeftEast online journal between 2013 and 2018.

JELINEK, CSABA - co-founder

Finished his studies in the field of urban sociology and anthropology at the Central European University and wrote his PhD dissertation on the history of Hungarian urban regeneration policies. In his research he focuses on social inequalities, urban regeneration, gentrification and the political economy of development projects. He has collaborated with several local municipalities in Hungary in planning socially sensitive urban policies and interventions. Recently, he is interested in municipal budgeting and forms of financing, as well as models for housing cooperatives.

PÓSFAI, ZSUZSANNA - co-founder

Holds an MA in urban and regional policy from Sciences Po Paris, and received her PhD in the framework of a Marie Curie ITN project “RegPol2”. She has been working on housing issues for nearly fifteen years from various perspectives. She was engaged in housing activism in Budapest for about eight years, worked in urban policy making, and then in academia for several years. She is engaged full-time in Periféria Center since 2018, where she enjoys going back and forth between the above perspectives. An important part of her work is connected to issues of housing finance: both currently existing and potential new forms.

SZABÓ, LINDA - co-founder

Studied in the fields of urban sociology and anthropology at the Central European University, and at the Corvinus University of Budapest. Currently, she is writing her dissertation at the Central European University about the socio-spatial impact of Chinese entrepreneurship in Hungary, mainly Budapest. Her research explores the effects of both small and large real estate market actors on urban regeneration, as well as their relations with state actors emerging on the real estate market and urban politics. Previously, she has participated in several international research projects concerning urban regeneration, migration, social justice and inequality policies.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BODOR, KRISZTOFER - intern

Graduated from the BA program of Sociology at Eötvös Loránd University, and currently continues his MA studies at the Corvinus University of Budapest. He was a member of the College of Advanced Studies in Social Theory between 2018 and 2022. His areas of interest and research are primarily international migration, including labor migration, as well as labor and economic sociology.

CSEPREGI, DÓRA FANNI - co-worker

As an activist of The City is for all (AVM), she has been working with people experiencing homelessness and housing poverty to improve housing policy for four years. Between 2019 and 2021, she also worked as the community organiser of the group within a program of the Civil College Foundation (CKA). In her work with AVM, on a daily basis she experiences how to fight for social change across social classes, together with the people affected. She complements her activist work with her research, which she is doing at the Sociology MA program of the Eötvös Loránd University. Before, she graduated from the Psychology BA program of the Károli Gáspár Reformed University. In spring 2020, she was awarded first prize by the Sociology Department of the Corvinus University of Budapest, and a special prize by the National Scientific Students' Associations Conference for her paper entitled 'Who forbids me to reside? Being excluded from the homeless care system'. She is a member of the College for Advanced Studies in Social Theory since 2019.

JANI-DÁN, LILLA - co-worker [on parental leave]

Holds an MA in architecture, and got interest in social scientific knowledge and interdisciplinary approaches. Accordingly, she graduated from the specialized urban architect program of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. She worked as a preparatory engineer at a market leader construction company in Budapest. For a better understanding of social processes lying behind urban and spatial transformations she is studying socio-spatial relations in Hungarian infrastructure developments.

NAGY, KLÁRA - co-worker

Graduated from the Sociology and Social Anthropology MA program at Central European University and holds a sociology BA from the Eötvös Loránd Science University. In her thesis, she researched the reinstitution of worker dormitories in Hungary and the working conditions of the bike couriers in Budapest. Since 2021 she has been a member of the Solidarity Economy Centre, where she works in the housing working group. She was a member of the College for Advanced Studies in Social Theory between 2017 and 2020.

 
 
 
 
 
 

BABOS, ANNAMÁRIA - former co-worker

Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. She studies contemporary urban housing forms and their relationship with livability. She has been working in the field of co-housing (community-led housing) since 2012, and since 2019 she has been the founding member and president of the CoHousing Budapest Association. She focuses not only on the architectural, but also on the community aspect of housing: she has developed, realized and monitored many  participatory processes, including the mentoring of co-living groups.

BRÓDY, LUCA - former co-worker

Graduated as a sociologist-economist at Corvinus University of Budapest, and was trained as an urban sociologist at the University of Amsterdam. She defended her doctoral degree at Gran Sasso Science Institute in L’Aquila, Italy. Her dissertation focused on the political economy of citizen participation in urban regeneration, carrying out fieldwork during a visiting stay at the University of Barcelona and at Central European University in Budapest. On a broader level, she is interested in the dynamics of possible action against the structural constraints of urban policy-making.

ÚR, ESZTER - former intern

Graduated from the BA program of International Relations at the Corvinus University of Budapest. She was a member of the College for Advanced Studies in Social Theory between 2017 and 2021. She is currently enrolled in the Human Ecology MA program of the Eötvös Loránd University. She has been a member of the Solidarity Economy Center, Budapest since 2021. Her work in this organization is focused on the challenges and opportunities of renewable energy communities (RECs) in Hungary. She is mostly interested in the possibilities of funding RECs. As an intern of Periféria Center, she continues to study financial issues and possible progressive forms of finance, in relation to housing cooperatives.