Research Centers

The students and faculty members of the Doctoral School are involved in a number of Research Groups and Research Centers at CEU.

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the research meetings organized by the School, in events organized by the Research Centers affiliated with the School, and in the voluntary student-faculty workshops organized by Research Groups. You can find information about CEU's institutionalized Research Centers below. 



The Center for Policy Studies (CPS) is an academic unit within CEU dedicated to analyzing public policy. With 7 core staff members and additional 10 internal and external research affiliates, CPS pursues research projects that are interdisciplinary and comparative in nature. CPS has been active from its launch in the broader field of social diversity and policy responses to status based inequalities, and multiple disadvantages resulting from the intersection of these inequality grounds.

The Center has a strong track record in academic, research and training programs on issues relating to Roma identity, exclusion/inclusion dynamics, citizenship rights, participation and representation, gender and migration, and the integration of migrants and indigenous minorities alike. European integration, its drivers and consequences is a broad theme that cross-cuts many of the center's projects, either in terms of an empirical focus on one or several European countries or in terms of an interest in the mechanisms through which the EU and its institutions impact on policies and policy processes in the member states and neighboring countries on specific areas such as migration, social inclusion policies, and development policy. New forms and directions of labor migration within Europe, some of the unresolved challenges of the inclusion of second generation migrants are in the center of new research initiatives.

Andrew Cartwright (Research Fellow) - cartwrighta(at)ceu.hucps(at)

Policy Documentation Center:



CMDS is the leading center of research on media, communication, and information policy in Central and Eastern Europe. Based in the School of Public Policy at Central European University, the research center produces scholarly and practice-oriented research addressing academic, policy and civil society needs. In September 2014, it adopted a new name (From Center for Media and Communication Studies, CMDS).

CMDS produces scholarly and practice-oriented research addressing academic, policy and civil society needs. The Center serves as a focal point for an international network of acclaimed scholars and academic institutions; offers innovative courses across several CEU departments; provides trainings and consultancies; and organizes scholarly exchanges through workshops, lectures and conferences on current developments in the field.





The Center for European Neighborhood Studies (CENS) is an independent research center of the Central European University (CEU) located in Budapest, Hungary. Its main goal is to contribute to an informed international dialogue about the future of the European Union in the world, while capitalizing on its Central European perspective and regional embeddedness.

The strategic focus of the center is academic and policy-oriented research on the place and role of the European Union in its rapidly changing and increasingly volatile neighborhood. Through its research, CENS seeks to contribute to the understanding of the environment where the EU, its member states and partners need to (co)operate, and it aims at supporting the constructive development of these relations by providing opportunities for discussion and exchange. The center’s geographic focus areas are Central and Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Turkey, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Russia.





CEUR promotes academic research and discussion in the field of European Union (EU) studies. CEUR currently brings together 18 CEU faculty members from theDepartments of Economics, Legal Studies, International Relations and European Studies, Political Science and Public Policy, and provides a common platform for research collaboration and debate. The center organizes conferences, workshops and hosts a series of guest lectures throughout the academic year with speakers from across Europe and beyond.

Contact person:
Uwe Puetter (Director, Professor, School of Public Policy) - Puetteru(at)




The CEU Asia Research Initiative (ARI) was established in 2009 to conduct research, generate and disseminate knowledge in order to raise the profile of scholarly work on Asia at CEU. ARI takes a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach to studying social, political, economic and cultural dynamics in Asia in partnership with academic institutions, governmental and intergovernmental organizations, and civil society. ARI runs the KF Global E-School in Eurasia Project.

Youngmi Kim (Professor) - kimy(at)
Katalin Hudry-Prodon (Coordinator) - Hudry-ProdonK(at)

Website (not in use)
KF Globak E-School



The Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education at Central European University, named after the third President and Rector of the University, is a collaborative academic initiative promoting applied policy research and professional training in higher education. The Center builds on more than two decades of experience at CEU in promoting policy research in higher education, as well as policy advising and professional development programs for governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and higher education institutions from countries on all continents. The Center also builds on the long history of cooperation between CEU and the Higher Education Support Program (HESP) of the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

The Center is committed to pursuing the overall open society mission of CEU through activities in the area of higher education policy. The Center places a particular focus on applied studies and practical initiatives regarding the relationship between higher education policies and practices, and issues of democratic development.

Jozsef Attila u. 24
Room:  211, 212