Dorottya Szikra is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest, and Visiting Professor at the Department of Gender Studies, CEU Vienna. She is teaching Welfare State and Gender under Democratic and Undemocratic Rule and Critical Theory on Policy and Practice in 2020/2021. Her main research field is welfare state and family policy development in Central and Eastern Europe. Between 2016 and 2020 she acted as the co-chair of the European Social Policy Analysis Network (ESPAnet). In 2016 she served as the Marie Jahoda Visiting Chair in International Gender Studies at the Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. She has acted as a member of the editorial boards of various journals, including the European Journal of Social Security, the Hungarian on-line journal socio.hu and since 2020 the Journal of European Social Policy. Szikra’s recent publications include (together with Bartha, A., Boda, Zs.) When Populist Leaders Govern: Conceptualising Populism in Policy Making. In. Politics and Governance, 2020 Vol.8 (3), 71-81; Ideology or Pragmatism? Interpreting Social Policy Change under the "System of National Cooperation" In. Kovács, J. M. and B. Trencsényi (Eds.). 2019. Brave New Hungary: Mapping the "System of National Cooperation" Rowman and Littlefield, Lexington Books, 225-241; and (with Cristina Rat) Family policies and social inequalities in Central and Eastern Europe. A comparative analysis of Hungary, Poland and Romania between 2005 and 2015. In. Gudný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard (eds.). 2018. Handbook of Child and Family Policy. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018.