I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge (UK) leading a large-scale research project called 'Digiwhist' which looks at corruption risks 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 procurement tendering. Based on the new indicators I also provide thorough evidence on how EU funding increases corruption in Central and Eastern Europe. The underlying data comes from Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia between 2009-2012. My research employed a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods. Its ultimate practical relevance lies in the identification of effective state structures and their relations to governed segments of the society which pave the way for administrative reform.
On a meta-level, I am interested in state capacity, the quality of institutions, and state-society interactions. 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.