CEU Associate Professor of Public Policy Andreas Goldthau doesn't care about innovation in the shoe industry. Or the chair industry, for that matter. If you have some sort of technological advancement in the shoe sector and then you find out it wasn't so great in the end, the fallout is limited, he noted. However, getting something wrong in the energy sector has massive consequences.
CEU Professor Rosario Mantegna is not a detective, but he's getting to know the criminal mind, or at least criminal patterns. A scholar whose main interest is networks, Mantegna has put his mind to work, this time, to examine human behavior instead of market fluctuations.
Although criminal records are a matter of public record in some countries, to have a large, consistent database is rare. Mantegna and his co-researchers identified a such a database in Sweden. Nordic countries are well known for maintaining precise records in the interest of academic study.
While researching female-led political dynasties, CEU Professor of Sociology Dorit Geva became entranced by the President of the French National Front (FN) Marine Le Pen. A provocative figure, not only in French politics but in the EU and beyond, Le Pen is now the heir of a new political dynasty and has turned the party her father founded in the 1970s into a popular contender and lightning rod for controversy.
Much has been written about Arab and other popular uprisings in the Middle East, but what happens after the revolutions? Assistant Professor Emel Akcali is also examining where gender parity and women’s rights fall in this new era.
In 1991, the European Court of Justice ruled in favor of a French factory where women worked night shifts. While the employer had violated the legal ban on night work for women, the Court followed his argument that the ban amounted to gender discrimination. As a result, the countries of the European Union had to abolish gender-specific night work prohibition, and the majority did so by in essence removing night work restrictions for women.
CEU School of Public Policy (SPP) Assistant Professor Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick examines the sticky intersection of long-abiding cultural patriarchy in India and modern human rights movements to find out why slavery still exists.
Unequal access to quality education is a much-debated issue in Hungary. People of Roma background (also referred to as Romani) make up approximately 10 percent of the Hungarian population, but school populations often don't reflect the residential makeup of surrounding neighborhoods. While complete segregation of Romani and non-Romani students is rare, large discrepancies persist in the ethnic composition of schools in some Hungarian towns.
If you identify with someone from another race, you become less racist. Natalie Sebanz, associate professor in CEU's Department of Cognitive Science, came to this conclusion by making it happen, in research published in the August 2013 edition of Cognition. Light-skinned participants were shown a dark-skinned hand, and with their own hand hidden from view, they began to feel the dark-skinned hand was their own. Racial bias dropped after the participants felt this identifying experience.
All nations have traditional music that defines their history and culture. So-called nationalistic rock in Hungary, however, has gone beyond just catchy melodies to become a movement that sells ideology and an “alternative” lifestyle. With a dedicated right-wing radio station, clothing, and even top spots on Hungarian music charts, nationalist bands are hugely popular. CEU Research Assistant and PhD candidate Aron Szele studies the roots of the movement and the effect it has on today's political climate.
In the early 1990s, automakers were closing plants and reducing headcounts at facilities across Europe. In Germany and the U.K., numbers of workers at Ford plants were down 40,000 since the 1960s and more cuts and production shifts were expected.
“There was a growing sense of risk,” said Thomas Fetzer, associate professor in the Department of International Relations and European Studies. “British and German unions were similarly affected by management decisions to reduce headcounts and wages. The unions felt a mutual vulnerability that prompted cooperation.”