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Brief introduction

Research fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Regional Studies, Department for Regional Development Research Associate Professor, Eszterházy Károly College


PhD in Sociology 2006, Institute of Sociology and Social Politics, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Academic profile

I am a research fellow at HAS, Centre for Regional Studies I am involved in research projects about poverty and ethnicity in disadvantageous region. In these projects I focus to changing pattern of social and spatial segregation of Roma population connection with level of social services and school segregation. One of my projects focused to reasons for the educational failure/success of disadvantaged Roma youth in public and alternative educational system. Based on fieldwork and life-history interviews I wrote case studies about Roma communities in rural areas to examine alternating periods of integration and segregation and changes in Roma well-being. I discuss the problems of the local Roma population in relation to the changing economic and political environment, and I explore a generational shift in attitudes to educational institutions. I also work at the Eszterházy Károly College, Political Science Department and I teach social policy, social structure and inequalities.


  • Virág Tünde: Kirekesztve Falusi gettók az ország peremén Akadémiai Kiadó 2010. 268 p.(Excluded Rural ghettos on the Hungarian periphery)
  • Virág Tünde, Changing Patterns of Social and Ethnic Residential Segregation in Hungary, Conference Paper Territorial Cohesion of Europe and Integrative Planning ERSA Lódz, Poland 2009.
  • Virág Tünde (2006): The regional ghetto. Review of Sociology Vol. 12 1, 51–70.


Social and spatial inequalities, Ethnic segregation, Poverty, exclusion, Local communities

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