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Lea Kőszeghy

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Sociologist, Ph.D. (degree obtained in 2011 at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest)

Primary areas of interest: housing poverty and housing policy, the sociology of urban planning and socio-spatial inequalities.

Key working experiences:
- Development of the research-based advocacy programme of Habitat for Humanity Hungary concerning housing poverty in Hungary (2010-2017)
- Compilation of reports on Hungarian housing inequalities and discrimination for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and its predecessor the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), as researcher of the Minority Studies institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) (2003-2011)
- Expert work for ministries and the National Development Agency regarding the development of deprived micro-regions and neighborhoods (2008-9)
- Research and research coordination for academic, for-profit and non-profit organisations, topics covered: urban development and planning including urban rehabilitation projects; suburbanisation processes; international migration, migration processes in the Budapest agglomeration; housing estates, housing market (1999-)

Currently launching a research project in the Institute for Sociology on the social and environmental consequences of disparities in energy use (‘Societal Challenges of Energy Use’), with specific regard to the social and environmental consequences of energy poverty.

Interest in networking opportunities: definition and scale of energy poverty, types of affected households (socioeconomic characteristics, housing characteristics), key factors of energy poverty, links between energy poverty and social exclusion, relevance and effectiveness of existing policies and measures, regional differences of the above.