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Who we are

The Center promotes comparative and interdisciplinary studies with a global perspective at the intersection of economics, sociology and international relations, simultaneously analyzing global and local dynamics and their interconnectedness. Our aim is to scrutinize historically evolving transnational linkages, persistent inequalities and conflicts between social groups, communities and various regions of the world. We are committed to research and training, which avoids pitfalls of Eurocentrism or any other ways of essentializations widespread in social sciences and humanities. Our work takes a critical stance to uncover entrenched ideas that justify established regimes of global governance that perpetuate forms of redistribution and inequalities. We are also committed to future oriented studies, in the sense that we would like to reflect on possible alternatives to prevailing governmental practices both on the local and the global level.


Attila Melegh


Research interests

  • global population dynamics and international migration

  • global developmental policies

  • global hierarchies and systems of inequalities

  • development of modern Eastern European societies in global history

  • the construction of social and cultural identities in local and transnational contexts

  • interrelations of local, national or global social or political discourses

Main activities

  • organizing and participating at scientific conferences

  • promotion of international scientific collaboration and network building in related fields (with research groups, institutes, civil actors etc.)

  • organizing public debates and discussions

  • creating and supporting public performances to promote objectives within the core concerns of the Center

  • engagement in the free education of social groups with limited access to higher education

  • curriculum and educational development

  • managing, submitting and implementing research grants proposals

  • supervising dissertation works of students on various levels in the relevant topics of the Center

First UK edition of
Karl Polányi's 1945 book,
The Great Transformation


"...labor, land and money are obviously notcommodities; the postulate that anything that is bought and sold must have been produced for sale is emphatically untrue in regard to them... Labor is only another name for a human activity which goes with life itself... nor can that activity be detached from the rest of life... land is only another name for nature, which is not produced by man; actual money, finally, is merely a token of purchasing power which, as a rule, is not produced at all, but comes into being through the mechanism of banking or state finance." 


― Karl Polányi, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time

Karl Polányi

Polányi Károly

(1886 – 1964)

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