Zoltán Ádám (External Research Fellow)
Zoltán Ádám is an external research affiliate at the Institute for Political Science, Centre for Social Sciences (HUN-REN). He was an Associate Professor at the Institute of Economics at Corvinus University of Budapest from 2016 until October 2023, when university authorities terminated his contract following his defense of academic integrity. He holds a PhD in Economics from Debrecen University, an MPhil in Political Science from Central European University, a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and an MA in Sociology from ELTE University. At Corvinus, he taught classes in institutional economics, microeconomics, macroeconomics as well as political economy. His research focuses on the political economy of post-communist transition, populism, and illiberal democracies. His papers appeared in Acta Oeconomica, European Policy Analysis, Intersections, Journal of Institutional Economics, and Problems of Post-Communism, as well as in edited volumes published by Oxford University Press, Springer, and Transcript. In 2020-2022, he was head of the Department of Economic Policy and Labor Economics at Corvinus – a department that was closed down during the recent transformation of the university. Before joining Corvinus, he was Senior Economist and Managing Director at Kopint-Tárki Institute for Economic Research, a Budapest-based economic think tank (2012-16), Head of Research at Takarékbank/Budapest and, in a parallel appointment, Senior Economist at DZ Bank/Frankfurt (2008-12), as well as Economic Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Economy and Transport (2006-08). He was editor of Külgazdaság, a Hungarian economic journal (2006-09), and researched and taught at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London (2001-03, 2005-06). For ten years (2005-15), he was on the editorial board of Beszélő, a Hungarian liberal political journal, established in 1981 as a samizdat by the democratic opposition of the communist era.
Áron Buzogány is an Assistant Professor at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria. He has studied political science, economics, sociology as well as peace and conflict research at the University of Tübingen, Helsinki, the Moscow State Institute for International Relations and the University of Hamburg. Áron holds a doctoral degree in political science from the Freie Universität Berlin and held positions at the Yale, the German Institute of Public Administration and LMU Munich. His research focuses on policy-making in the European Union, its member states and neighbouring countries, as well as the role of civil society and social movements in the policy process. He has published extensively on these topics. His articles have been published in Review of International Political Economy, Journal of European Public Policy, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Environmental Politics, Democratization, Politics and Governance and Cambridge Review of International Affairs, among others.
Henry Barrett is a Fulbright-Schuman grantee for the 2023-2024 academic year. He is affiliated with the Hungarian Research Network and Europe Strategy Research Institute in Budapest and the Europeum Institute in Prague. Henry will be researching the current state of EU integration among the Visegrád Group countries in light of the upcoming 20th anniversary of eastern enlargement. His current state analysis will lend particular consideration to two of the largest geopolitical concerns facing the EU today—the Rule of Law Conditionality mechanism and the war in Ukraine. He will produce a white paper examining how domestic political evolutions, inter-Visegrád Group developments, and regional concerns since 2004 have affected V4 integration in the EU and how these Member States perceive and react to EU policy-making through economic sanctioning as a means for Article 2 values assertion. Henry looks forward to living and working in the richly historic cities of Budapest and Prague while engaging with such questions of political regionalism, Article 2 values assertions, and EU policymaking. Henry graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude in 2022.