This is my personal homepage which contains information about my academic and policy work.
I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK) leading a large-scale research project called ‘Digiwhist’ which looks at transparency, corruption risks, and administrative capacity in public procurement across 35 European countries. At the same time, I am also head of research/co-founder of an innovative research institute the Corruption Research Center Budapest (Hungary) where I promote the implementation of new measurement instruments of corruption and quality of government using ‘Big Data’. I have received my PhD from the University of Cambridge and I previously studied public policy at the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin), economics at the Corvius University of Budapest, and teaching at the Corvinus University of Budapest.
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.
On a meta-level, I am interested in state capacity, the quality of institutions, and state-society interactions. I have wide ranging research interest and research experience in corruption, administrative quality, and organized crime in Europe, particularly in Eastern Europe. Furthermore, I am also interested in vocational education and training (VET) and the school to work transition.
My personal and professional goal is to contribute to more informed policy-making throughout Europe by producing high quality research based on a holistic understanding of human action.