This is my personal homepage which contains information about my academic and policy work.
I am currently an assistant professor at the Central European University, School of Public Policy, with a focus on using Big Data methods to understand the quality of government globally. I am also the scientific director of an innovative think-tank, the Government Transparency Institute, where I promote the implementation of new measurement instruments of corruption and quality of government using ‘Big Data’.
Additionally, I serve as a non-resident research fellow at the University of Cambridge and senior research associate at the University College London. I have received my PhD from the University of Cambridge where I pioneered Big Data methods to measure and understand high-level corruption in Central- and Eastern Europe. My PhD developed a set of new, ‘objective’ indicators of corruption based on large amounts of administrative data using data mining techniques. These indicators hold the promise of real-time monitoring of corruption risks and early intervention in public tendering. Based on the new indicators my thesis also provided thorough evidence on how EU funding increases corruption in Central and Eastern Europe, among others. Previously, I studied public policy at the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin), economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest, and teaching at the Corvinus University of Budapest.
My research and policy interests revolve around corruption, favouritism, private sector collusion, and government spending efficiency. Methodologically, I have experience in both quantitative and qualitative methods in diverse fields such as public policy, economics, and political science. I worked at the University of Cambridge as the scientific coordinator of the Horizon 2020 funded project DIGIWHIST which used a Big Data approach to measuring corruption risks, administrative capacity, and transparency in public procurement in 33 European countries. I also serve as a co-Principal Investigator on the British Academy/DFID funded research project looking at anti-corruption in development aid funded procurement.
I regularly consult the European Commission, Council of Europe, EBRD, OECD, World Bank, and a range of national governments and NGOs across the globe. Together with the Government Transparency Institute and the UK’ FCDO, I won the IMF Anti-Corruption Challenge for measuring corruption and its costs.
My personal and professional goal is to contribute to more informed policy-making by producing high quality research based on a holistic understanding of human action.