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The research culture of our department has been shaped to meet the new challenges social workers face in contemporary Hungarian society and facilitate participation in international research projects. Our works are rooted in the social constructionist tradition and we follow a critical-reflective approach.

There are several collaborating research teams within the department:


The department is a major centre of addiction research in Hungary. The team, led by Gabor Kelemen, has conducted several researches on the process of recovery since its formation in 2001.

In the current project „Psychosocial change and the rhetoric of transformation in Twelve Steps movements" the team is studying the social role, specific culture and psychosocial effects of Hungarian twelve-step movements and is analysing the process of recovery as a learning process of the sober culture. It is assumed that Twelve Step Fellowships establish weak ties within the society that have an important stabilizing effect and promote solidarity. These communities link together people from different social strata in a tolerant and dialogic context. We plan 50 interviews with different groups of sober alcoholics, sober drug-addicts, and users of both substances. The project is funded by the National Scientific Research Fund (OTKA). This project is built on the results of a previous research on the power of reintegration rituals ("The Role of Ruptures, Mismatches, Microdissynchronisms in the Reintegration Rituals of Addicts", 2002-2006, also funded by OTKA). The team explored the sober speech code ("code of grace") of recovering addicts and could identify verbal markers of continuing recovery vs. relapse. Recovery was conceived as a successful rite of passage, a major life transition where the addict is re-born as a sober person.

In 2006-2007 the team participated in an international network studying various methods of theatre therapy to help improve the efficiency of clinical work with addicts. The research was supported by EQUAL, EU.

In 2002-2003 we participated in several national and international projects such as "The Message of Sobriety" (Matra-Kap); "Self-Help and Self-Care in the Context of Recovery" (Phare Network, a project evaluation); Social Construction of Addictions" (Hungarian Ministry of Youth and Sports).

The team has several collaborating members in Norway, in the United Kingdom and in Iceland.



International Research Network on Child and Youth Protection

The network was founded by prof. Arpad Barath. Co-founders are Madeline Aksich from Canada, Branka Bukoves and Dr. Anica- Mikus-Kos from Slovenia, Dr. Rune Stuvland from Norway, Dr. Ljiljana Sabljak form Croatia, Beata Kovacsne Batho and Judit Vastag from Hungary.

The aim of the international team of scholars is to work out innovative methods of child protection and provide traumatized children with adequate psychosocial support to facilitate rehabilitation. Various methods of community work and art therapy have been adapted and evaluated to reach this goal.

Major projects of the network:

"Promoting self-help and voluntary work with children and young people in Slovenia and Europe"(International action research, „Drusto za razvijanje prostovoljnog dela", Novo mesto, Slovenia. The project was started in 1993.

Mental health support and training for teachers working in child and youth protection in the states of former Yugoslavia. (International action research, "Together" - Slovenian Foundation, Ljubljana, 2002-

Building bridges: Children and young persons with war traumas in states of former Yugolavia. Psychosocial rehabilitation. International Children's Institute - ICI BiH, Montreal - Sarajevo, Canada, 1993-

Health education and health promotion in Kosovo. (International action research and training, International Organization for Migration, Budapest, 2003 -

Social exclusion and steps to inclusion in the social care of small village population in Baranya County. Családsegítő és Gyermekjóléti Társulás - Villány. Ifjúsági, Családügyi, Szociális és Esélyegyenlőségi Minisztérium Pályázati Programja. Hungarian Ministry of Family, Child Welfare and Equal Chances. 2003-2005.



The Carpathian Network of Social Professionals

The network has been initiated by Margit Molnar in 2008. CNSP is a think tank for social professionals who are interested in common traditions of our profession as well as current social problems and workable solutions in the region. CNSP considers the ethnic diversity and rich cultural heritage of the peoples living in the Carpathian Basin a major resource of social development. First steps of collaboration with Babes-Bolyai University (Romania) and Partium Christian University (Romania) have already been taken. Future members who wish to join our work are most welcome!



Regional Development

The problem of regional inequality is a major social political issue within the European Union. It is an area of active and developing research where the establishment of international collaborating networks will enhance the relevance of the research. The team was formed in 2007 and is led by Gabor Szollosi.



Social Innovation, Evaluation and Research Centre

The Social Innovation, Evaluation and Research Centre (Szociális Innovációs-, Értékelő- és Kutatóközpont, SZINEK) has recently been established to improve social research and development in the Southern Transdanubian Region. The aim of the centre is to promote dignity, social justice, equality of chances and social solidarity in the transforming Hungarian society. In the Hungarian acronym of the unit (SZINEK, meaning „colours") the philosophy of the staff is reflected. We believe that cultural diversity is an important resource for social development within the European Union.

In EU-funded social projects evaluation, innovation and dissemination of results are considered core issues. SIERC supports project owners by meeting the demands in social research and development. Researchers lay emphasis on knowledge transfer into the immediate and wider community. We are keen to form an international collaborating network of social researchers who would be interested in working on international projects with us.



Integration and migration health in Hungary

The direct aim of the project is to elaborate, accredit and introduce a new European curriculum into higher education in the field of migration health. This is explained by the economic necessity related to migration and the integration of migrants and also by the existing public health risk. The number of migrants coming to Hungary situated in the Schengen Area is constantly increasing. The human resource capacity required by migrant care is insufficient, there is no targeted training programme. It is a multidisciplinary problem: besides the medical approach, social, linguistic, religious, economic, national security and political aspects also have to be taken into account. In the framework of the project, the testing of the training programme is also realised. The primary target group of the training programme is made up of the growing number of law enforcement, health and social professionals working in migrant care.

The project aims to address the gap between the everyday work of migrant care professionals and their training. Based on the number of migrants already present in the EU and the increasing trend, it can be assumed that each worker in the law enforcement, health and social field will meet clients born outside of the EU during their work. Consequently, the target group includes professionals dealing with prevention as well as health security and the integration of migrants. Thus the project has a very wide target group and the structure of the curriculum corresponds to the various needs of the different target groups.

The training programme can offer a completion for the target groups below in the following fields:

  • employees of the border control and law enforcement bodies: health, multicultural and human rights training (victims of human trafficking!)

  • workers in the social field: health care training, social and cultural aspects of migration

  • in health care (nurses and doctors): the multicultural and multireligious aspects of health care and advanced level epidemology and infectology training


Individual research

In addition to the above themes, individual research projects are also encouraged. For further information on these please see staff members' CVs.


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