Media Spotlight: Update on CEU's Covid-19 Expert Commentary and Research, April-May 2020

CEU community members continue to provide insight into the impact of Covid-19 on our world. There’s also ongoing interest in the Hungarian Empowerment Law from around the globe. President and Rector Michael Ignatieff was interviewed by Canadian CBC, Swiss daily Die Weltwoche, Spanish daily La Razon and by Project Syndicate. Professor of Political Science Laszlo Bruszt has published an Op.Ed. in Project Syndicate on Hungary’s recent enabling act and in The New School Journal about Hungarian labor rights in response to the pandemic. Also from the Department of Political Science, Associate Professor Anil Duman looked at how the governments of Turkey and Hungary try to turn the pandemic to their advantage on birgun.net. CEU student Imre Szijarto and CEU alumna Rosa Schwartzburg offer an analysis in The Wire on how ‘the virus’ is being used in Hungary to crush minorities; Visiting Faculty at the Nationalism Studies Program Andras Pap, Anne Applebaum and Benjamin Witte discuss the decline of Hungarian democracy in Lawfare Podcast. Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics and Business Peter Mihalyi published an article in Die Presse on how the coronavirus brings the problems of the Hungarian healthcare system to light; La Vanguardia quotes Professor Janos Kertesz from the Department of Network and Data Science on Covid-19. Professor Aleh Cherp from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy argues in Nature that the pandemic could have more of a damaging impact on renewables than coal, by disrupting investment, supply chains and technology diffusion; and the Director of CEU’s Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine (CELAB) Professor Judit Sandor’s Project Syndicate article looks at the difficult question of what to do when medical resources are suddenly in short supply, from a bioethical point of view.  

Hungarian media also covers CEU research insights: ATV’s morning program features an interview with Pro-Rector Eva Fodor on the gendered division of domestic labor during the lockdown; Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy professor Diana Urge-Vorsatz features widely on climate and environmental aspects of the pandemic - hvg.hu, 168 Ora, magyarkurir.hu, Klub Radio, elobolygonk.hu, and elle.hu all cover her work. CELAB Director Judit Sandor is interviewed on the subject of bioethics and Covid-19 in daily Nepszava and marosvasarhelyiradio.ro; Professor Csaba Laszlo from the Department of International Relations offers expert commentary on the economic effects of the virus to 168ora.hu. And Defacto, an Index blog written by Miklos Koren, Peter Kondor, Robert Lieli, Adam Szeidl and Adam Zawadowski (faculty from the Department of Economics and Business) continues to offer cogent analyses of current virus-related topics.    

In May, CEU’s signature public lecture series event, the Borderless Knowledge Lecture received coverage in the Hungarian media. The panel discussion entitled “Can the Pandemic be Stopped?” featured Professor Diana Urge-Vorsatz from CEU’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy; Professor Janos Kertesz, head of CEU’s Department of Network and Data Science; Jozsef Laszlovszky, professor in CEU’s Department of Medieval Studies and director of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program; and psychologist and linguist Csaba Pleh, distinguished visiting professor in CEU’s Department of Cognitive Science. 

Professor Martin Kahanec from the School of Public Policy has been appointed to the Economic Crisis Council of Slovakia. 

You can see previous CEU expert commentary and Covid 19-related research here (March 2020).