Dorottya Szikra

research fellow
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Areas of expertise

social policy, family policies, history of social policy and social work

Work experience

Dorottya was a senior researcher of the Budapest Institute between 2011 and 2013, involved in projects related to social policy. She works as a part-time professor at Eötvös University, Faculty of Social Sciences and a full time researcher at the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is a board member of the European Social Policy Analysis Network (ESPAnet). 

  • Researcher 2014-ongoing, Centre for Social Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Social Policy, 2003 – ongoing. Eötvös University of Sciences, Budapest.
  • Assistant Professor 2002 – 2003. Eötvös University of Sciences, Budapest.
  • Visiting Professor of Gender and Welfare, 2005 - 2006. CEU, Budapest, Gender Studies Department.
  • Independent Advisor, 2002-2004. Hungarian Ministry of Health, Welfare and Families, Dept. Strategic Planning.
  • Assistant Professor, 1996 – 1998. John Wesley College, Faculty of Social Work. Budapest.
  • Independent researcher and advisor,1995 – 1997. Prime Minister’s Office. Effects of European Union accession to the welfare system in previously joined countries.
  • Trainer for non-governmental organizations, including United Way Hungary, Soros Foundation, Non-profit Information and Training Center (NIOK), 1996 – 2002.
  • Eötvös Universtiy, Budapest, PhD. in Sociology (Social Policy) 2003; MA Social Policy, 1996.
  • Johns Hopkins University, Faculty of Policy Studies, Baltimore, USA, Junior Fellow, March 1994.
  • University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Social Policy, Great Britain. Social Policy MA courses, 1992 – 1993.
  • Recent changes moving Hungary away from the European Social Model, in: Vaughan-Whitehead (ed): The European Social Model in Crisis. Is Europe Losing Its Soul? Edward Elgar, 2015 (with Ágota Scharle)
  • Tradition Matters: Child Care and Primary School Education in Modern Hungary. In. Child Care and Primary Education in Post-War Europe. Karen Hagemann, Konrad Jarausch and Cristina Allemann-Ghionda (eds.) New York and Oxford, Berghahn Books. 2011.
  • Dorottya Szikra – Dorota Szelewa: Do Central and Eastern European countries fit the “Western” picture? The example of family policies in Hungary and Poland. In Christina Klenner – Simone Leiber (eds.) Welfare States and Gender Inequality in Central and Eastern Europe. Continuity and Post-socialist Transformation in the EU Member States. European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), Brussels, 2010. pp.81-117.
  • Eastern European faces of familialism: Hungarian and Polish family policies from a historical perspective. In Diana Auth, Eva Buchholz, Stefanie Janczyk (eds.): Selektive Emanzipation: Analyse zur Gleichstellungs- und Familienpolitik. [Politik und Geschlecht, Band 21] Verlag Barbara Budrich, Opladen & Farmington Hills, MI, 2010. pp. 239-254. Published also on-line in: Manka goes to work: Public childcare in the Visegrad countries 1989-2009, Budapest Institute, 2010. 83-96.
  • Social Policy in East Central Europe. Major Trends in the 20st Century. In Cerami, Alfio and Pieter Vanhuysse (eds) (2009). Post-Communist Welfare Pathways: Theorizing Social Policy Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan. 2009. (with Béla Tomka)
  • Social Policy and Anti-Semitic Exclusion before and during World War II in Hungary. The Case of the Productive Social Policy. In Hauss, Gisella and Dagmar Schulte (eds.) Amid Social Contradictions. Towards a History of Social Work in Europe. Opladen and Farmington Hills, Barbara Budrich Publishers. 2009. 111-131.
  • From Bismarck to the New Pension Orthodoxy. The Historical Development of the Pension System in Hungary, In. Jorn-Henrik Petersen – Klaus Petersen (Eds.) The Politics of Age. Public Pensions in a Comparative and Historical Perspective. Peter Lang Publishers, Hamburg, 2008.
  • A szociálpolitika másik arca. Fajvédelem és produktív szociálpolitika az 1940-es évek Magyarországán. [The Other Face of Social Policy. Racism and Productive Social Policy in the 1940s’ in Hungary.] In Századvég, Új folyam, 48. szám, 2008. 2. szám. pp35-77., 2008.
  • Characteristics of Teaching Social Policy and Gender in Eastern Europe. in. Andrea Pető (ed.): Teaching Gender Studies in Hungary. Ministry of Youth, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. Budapest, 2006.
  • Family and Child Support in a Postcommunist Society: Origins of the Mixed Hungarian Welfare Capitalism. Fighting Poverty and Reforming Social Security: What Can Post-Soviet States Learn from the New Democracies of Central Europe? M. Cain, N. Gelazis and T. Inglot. (Eds.) Woodrow Wilson International Center, Washington DC, 2005.
  • The Thorny Path to Implementation: Bismarckian social insurance in Hungary in the late 19th century. In European Journal of Social Security, Volume 6, Nr. 3, September, 2004. Pp. 255-272.
Other, personal

Language skills: fluent English and good German