News of The Research Group

Establishment of MTA-BCE Social Epidemiology Research Group

MTA-BCE (Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Corvinus University of Budapest) Social Epidemiology Research Group was founded on 1 July 2019, and is lead by Zsuzsanna Elekes. The Research Group wishes to continue the tradition established by Hungarian sociologist Rudolf Andorka. The Research Group’s aim is to fill research gaps in order to reveal and understand the social patterns, characteristics, causes and interrelations of risk behaviours. More information about the Staff and about the Working packages .



International COVID research on alcohol coordinated by the Research Group

The pan-European survey resulted from a collaboration of about 22 scientists from multiple research institutes in Europe, led by Technische Universität Dresden (Germany) and Hospital Clíníc de Barcelona (Spain). The aim of the survey is to explore the effects of the COVID pandemic on alcohol use and other risk behaviours. In Hungary, the survey is coordinated by the Research Group. More information >>>



Student during the COVID-19 epidemic? Make yourself heard!

International survey among students of Corvinus

The Corvinus University of Budapest Institute of Communication and Sociology wants to discover the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on student life. Therefore, Corvinus University has decided to participate in an international survey examining the effects of COVID-19 on student life, involving 27 countries. In Hungary, students of Corvinus University of Budapest as well as students of University of Debrecen and Szeged will fill in the questionnaire. At Corvinus University, coordinator of the international study will be the MTA-BCE Social Epidemiology Research Group.

Please take the time to consider helping us with this important research. Help our work by sharing your experience of COVID-19. Fill in the questionnaire to help us find out how you, a student of Corvinus have been affected during the pandemic. Your answers are valuable to us. You will contribute to our comparative study examining how students have been affected by the epidemic across the world.

Check your Corvinus mailbox, where you can find the questionnaire.

More info about the international study can be found through the following link.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Expert meeting with Éva Keller, ex-Head of SOTE Department of Forensic and Insurance Medicine

Participating in another video call, the Research Group was provided with essential information on macro-statistical data. On 7th May 2020 Éva Keller shared years of her interesting experience with us. She talked about the availability of alcohol-related mortality data and about reliability issues among other topics.



Expert meeting with Károlyné Tokaji, head of the Health Statistics Department at the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH)

On April 9, 2020, the Research Group held an online meeting (due to COVID-19 we could not hold a face to face meeting) with Károlyné Tokaji, who is responsible for the coordination of health data collection at KSH. All alcohol related data and questions on treatment, child protection, mortality, GPs’ report, consumption etc. were discussed. Károlyné Tokaji was very cooperative and supported the Research Group to move on in the research project.



Call for papers for section "Health Problems and Risk Behaviours in the 21st century”

We would like to encourage researchers to apply and present in section "Health Problems and Risk Behaviours in the 21st century” at the conference organized by the Institute for Sociology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Papers are welcome which
a, present empirical data on health status, mortality, risk behaviours, general mental health, or
b, are searching for explanations for changes in recent years, or
c, the authors are open to discuss and compare their results with others, or
d, focus on theoretical issues providing a broader context for interpreting the changes.


More info and submission of papers: >>>

Date: 11-12 June, 2020.
Location: Hungarian Academy of Social Sciences, 1097 Budapest, Tóth Kálmán u. 4., Hungary.
Participation fee: free



The Research Group’s section plan for the conference ‘Sociology at the Dawn of a Successful Century’ has been approved

Section plan with the title ’Health Problems and Risk Behaviours in the 21st century’ for the conference ‘Sociology at the Dawn of a Successful Century ‘ has been submitted by the Research Group. The conference is being organized by the Institute for Sociology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The section plan has been approved. The Chair of the section will be Zsuzsa Elekes.



Expert meeting with István Murányi, Associate Professor at the University of Debrecen

On February 19, 2020, the Research Group met with István Murányi to prepare the study that will be conducted in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county in Hungary, in summer 2021. István gave information about the studies available examining the area. Also, he advised us on how (i.e. in which particular work phase) students from the Univeristy of Debrecen should be involved. István was very cooperative and supportive. Consulting him will be valuable for the Research Group.



Expert meeting with Lajos Bálint, Research Fellow at KSH NKI

On February 10, 2020, Lajos Bálint, expert in mortality, research fellow of the Hungarian Demographic Research Institute Lajosgave a lecture on alcohol-attributable mortality . Through a professional discussion he provided the Research Group an overview of trends of alcohol--attributable mortality in Hungary. The various methods of assessing alcohol-related mortality and data reliability were the main topics covered by our invited guest. The Research Group also received relevant recommendations on the analysis of the related macro data, which will help the Research Group’s work to progress.



Presentation by Zsuzsa Elekes at the conference in honour of László Levendel

The conference ‘Treating a Country’ to mark the centenary of pulmonologist, addictologist László Levendel’s birth is being organized by Hungarian organization Liget Műhely Alapítvány. At the conference, Zsuzsa Elekes is going to give a presentation with the title ‘A Disadvantaged Problem’.


More info: >>>

Date: March 18, 2020.
Location: Barabás Villa, Budapest XII. kerület, Városmajor u. 44., Hungary



Expert meeting with Judit Szécsi, Lecturer at ELTE TáTK

On January 22, 2020, at a meeting with the Research Group, Judit Szécsi, lecturer at ELTE TáTK (Eötvös Loránd University Institute of Social Studies), shared her experiences of the research camps from the last 15 years. Judit and her students have been researching extreme poverty in segregated areas in Hungary. In 2015 focus of their study was drug use. As the results of the study had been published in a Hungarian journal called “Esély”, Judit did not give a speech on the main findings, instead she chose to talk about the difficulties and experiences of the research camp. The Research Group was given insider tips on how to organize a research camp successfully. Judit shared a lot of useful, practical information with the Research Group, which surely will be a great help in organizing and conducting the research camp of summer 2020.



Zsuzsa Elekes “Speaker of the semester”

At Corvinus University of Budapest, in the fall semester of 2019/2020, based on students' votes, our Research Group leader Zsuzsa Elekes got silver medal in the category of "speaker of the semester". We are proud of it! Thank you for the nomination and votes.



Presentation by Zsuzsa Elekes and Petra Arnold at the XII. National Conference of the Hungarian Association on Addictions

At the XII. National Conference of the Hungarian Association on Addictions, two members of the Research Group, Zsuzsa Elekes and Petra Arnold give a presentation on the preliminary results from ESPAD (European School Survey on Alcohol and Other Drugs).

Date: November 28-30, 2019
Location: Panoráma Hotel, Siófok, Hungary
ESPAD 2019, Preliminary data



Kitti Kutrovátz’s presentation at the "Race against Time" workshop

Kitti Kutrovátz gives the following presentations at the "Race against Time" workshop organized by the Centre for Gender and Culture and the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy at Corvinus University of Budapest:
Nikolett Geszler, Kitti Kutrovátz: The Concepts and Impact of Quality Time - The Relation between Parenting Time and Adolescent’s Subjective Well-Being and School Performance
Kitti Kutrovátz: Perceptions of Spending Time Together - Perspectives of Parents and Adolescents

More info: >>>
Date: November 15, 2019, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Corvinus University of Budapest, Közraktár utca 4-6. C426. room, Hungary



Professional trip in Pécs, Hungary

October 28-29, 2019, the Research Group visited Pécs, in Hungary with the aim of preparing the regional research that will be conducted in spring and early summer. We would like to involve students from Corvinus University in the field work. The Research Group organized meetings with several organizations. The staff of the Department of Sociology University of Pécs (Márta Erdős, Katalin Füzér, Tamás Ragadics) provided in-depth insights into local research. Zita Dombrádi, a member of the INDIT Foundation, shared her experiences about the regional treatment over the past 20 years. Zsolt Máté presented the low-threshold service (called TÉR) provided by INDIT. The Research Group visited a village near Pécs, called Téseny, where the staff of the Hungarian Caritas told stories about the village's life, habits, etc. which was a great help in terms in preparing fieldwork and data collection.



Presentation by Kitti Kutrovátz at the annual conference of the Hungarian Sociological Association

At the annual conference of the Hungarian Sociological Association, Kitti Kutrovátz, member of the Research Group, presents the results of her research that has been conducted in the past years.

Date: October 25, 2019, 9:00: Boglárka Herke - Kitti Kutrovátz: Professional Narratives in Sociology
October 26, 2019, 9:00: Beáta Nagy - Kitti Kutrovátz: Adolescents’ Screen Time and Parental Mediation Strategies
Location: Kodolányi János University, Budapest XIII., Frangepán u. 50-56.



Meeting with the member of NAV (National Tax and Customs Administration)

The Research Group had a meeting with Ákos Erdős, a member of NAV, October 16, 2019. Ákos Erdős shared his experiences of unrecorded alcohol consumption (for example home-made pálinka (a type of Hungarian spirit), alcohol importation), which was very useful for the Research Group in surveys related to estimation of unrecorded alcohol consumption.



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