The Centre for Social Sciences, as part of the only publicly funded research network in Hungary, conducts basic research in political science, sociology, minority studies and legal studies. Its goal is to reach scientific achievements based on original discovery research, to collect, analyze and publish up-to-date information and data on social phenomena and changes, and thereby contribute to a better understanding of our societies while meeting the highest standards of international research. The Centre is the flagship of Hungarian social science in terms of internationally recognized research outputs and it is open to further academic collaborations both at national and international scales. The Centre hosts the European Social Survey in Hungary, the most important European research infrastructure in social sciences. The Centre provides open access research databases to the public and publishes academic journals. Its open access journal, Intersections: East European Journal of Sociology and Politics is ranked in Q2 at the Scimago.
The major research areas of the Centre’s institutes and research groups are listed below.
Institute for Legal Studies: constitutional theory including, inter alia, comparative constitutional law, constitutional sociology, constitutional aspects of criminal law, minority rights analysis of legal and constitutional doctrine and the historic fundamentals of modern constitutional ideologies; the legal aspects of market economy; the national impacts of international law and EU law.
Institute for Minority Studies: the community features and the social situation of national and ethnic minorities; integration processes in Central Europe, ethno-political models, the legal status of the minorities; national and ethnic minorities in Hungary and Hungarian minority communities abroad; national and local identities; Jewish studies.
Institute for Political Science: political behavior, political institutions and processes (parties, campaigns, electoral behavior, political values, and leadership); governance and public policy (government performance, public management reforms, public policy processes); democracy and political theory (empirical, normative and analytical democracy theories, constitutions and political institutions, the relationship between government and civil society, accountability and the delegation of power).
Institute for Sociology: urban and rural studies, environmental sociology, health policy; network analysis, big data; social integration; social inequalities and public policy; families and gender; studies on memory, culture, and values; qualitative sociological methods.
Computational Social Science – RECENS Research Group: social networks, negative ties, status competition, structural balance, cooperation, school performance, peer pressure, Roma integration methods: network panel data, agent based models, laboratory experiments, historical networks and political power relationships.
Child Opportunities Research Group: processing the results of national and international research on children living in poverty, collecting and offering data for the regional teams and professionals operating and developing an online monitoring system.