Dorottya Szikra is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest, and Visiting Professor at the Department of Gender Studies and Department of Political Science, CEU Vienna. She is teaching Welfare State and Gender under Undemocratic Rule, Critical Theory on Policy and Practice, and Welfare States in the Current Era: Origins, Issues and Challenges in 2021/2022. She is currently also associated with CEU Democracy Institute where she leads a CIVICA reseach project entitled Welfare, Democracy, and Populism under the COVID-19 Crisis (WELDECO).
Szikra's 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.
Her recent publications include (together with J. Aidukaite, D. Szelewa and S. Saxonberg) Social policy in the face of a global pandemic: Policy responses to the COVID‐19 crisis in Central and Eastern Europe. In. Social Policy and Administration, online first, 26. January 2021; (together with Eszter Varsa) ‘New eugenics,’ gender and sexuality: a global perspective on reproductive politics and sex education in Cold War Europe. In. The History of the Family, 2020, Vol25(4). 527-549; (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.