School: Humanities and Social Sciences
Organisation: University of Cambridge
Gabor Scheiring is a political economist with a multidisciplinary background. He has been working as a research associate affiliated to the PrivMort project led by Professor Lawrence P. King since 2015. He received his degrees in sociology, economics and social anthropology from Budapest Corvinus University and Central European University. In his doctoral thesis titled The Wounds of Transition: The Political Economy of Mortality and Survival in Post-Socialist Hungary he investigates the impact of economic restructuring and deindustrialization in post-socialist Hungary on health and the collusion of class and identity in the everyday experience of economic injustice. As part of his research Gábor has among others built a unique company ownership database as well as carried out qualitative fieldwork in industrial towns.
Gabor has several years of experience in researching the formation and the impact of economic policies and the interrelations of democratization and marketization. In 2006 he was involved in a UNRISD research project assessing the social impact of the privatization of water. Between 2008 and 2010 he worked as a research fellow at the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences investigating how social movements influence the policy process. Gabor has extensive experience both in qualitative fieldwork as well as in building databases for quantitative research. Parallel to his doctoral studies as part of his pilot research on the political economy of illiberalism he is currently building a relational database on economic and political elites. Gabor has edited several books in Hungarian related to the political economy of development and globalization.
Parallel to his studies Gabor Scheiring was a nationally and internationally active and passionate member of green and global justice NGOs during 2000s. As a co-founder of a left-green party he was elected as MP in 2010, he was member of the Commission for Economic Affairs of the Hungarian Parliament and served as a member of the board of the party responsible for economic policy. From September 2014 he is the Chairman of the Progressive Hungary Foundation, a think and do tank dedicated to progressive policy research and public education, formulating progressive policy visions, organizing international conferences and carrying out pilot awareness raising projects.