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 doctoral degree in the framework of a Marie Curie ITN project “RegPol2”. She has been engaged in the field of housing and housing policy for ten years. Her point of departure was to step up against the social injustice of housing poverty. This was organically followed by the exploration of public policy possibilities of this field in the French and Hungarian public administration. In recent years her academic work gained more weight, focusing on the mechanisms of investment in the housing market and the financialization of housing. She is also active in a group developing a model for rental-based housing cooperatives in Hungary.

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.


BABOS, ANNAMÁRIA - 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.

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.


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.

ÚR, ESZTER - 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.


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.