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Gabor Scheiring


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 that he expects to submit to the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge in March 2017 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.


Scheiring, Gábor, Darja Irdam and Lawrence King: “Social Determinants of the Post-Communist Mortality Crisis: A Systematic Review of the Cross-Country Evidence”, Submitted to Sociology of Health and Illness.

Irdam, Dajra, Alexi Gugushvili, Aytalina Azarova, Mihaly Fazekas, Gabor Schering, Denes Stefler, Katarzyna Doniec, David Lane, Irina Kolesnikova, Vladimir Popov, Ivan Szelenyi, Michael Murphy, Martin McKee, Martin Bobak, Michael Marmot, Lawrence King (2016): “Mortality in Transition: Study Protocol of the PrivMort Project, a multilevel convenience cohort study”, BMC Public Health, (2016)16:672.

Scheiring, Gábor (2016): “Sustaining Democracy in the Era of Dependent Financialization: Karl Polanyi’s Perspectives on the Politics of Finance”, Intersections: East European Journal of Society and Politics, 2(2): 84-103.

Scheiring, Gábor (2007): “Barbarians at the Open Gates: Public Sociology and the Late Modern Turn, The American Sociologist 38(3): 294-308.

Scheiring, Gábor (2006): “The Political Anthropology of Environmentalism: Framing Ecopolitics and Building Ideology in the Zengő-conflict (Hungary)”, Anthropolis 3(2): 6-19.


Irdam, Darja, Gabor Scheiring and Lawrence King (2016): “Mass Privatisation”, pp. 488-507 in Jens Hölscher and Horst Tomann (eds.), Palgrave Dictionary of Emerging Markets and Transition Economics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Mcmillan.

Scheiring, Gábor, Bence Tordai and Miklós Sebők (2015): „Basic Income as a Realist’s Transformative Strategy”, pp. 103-116 in Conny Reuter (ed.), Progressive Structural Reforms: Proposals for European Reforms to Reduce Inequalities and Promote Jobs, Growth and Social Investment. Brussels: Solidar & Oficyna Wydawnicza Aspra.

Papp, Gábor and Gábor Scheiring (2009): “Fear of Crime and Confidence in Justice in Hungary”, pp. 93-115 in Anniina Jokinen, Elina Ruuskanen, Maria Yordanova, Dimitar Markov és Miriana Ilcheva (eds.), Review of Need: Indicators of Public Confidence in Criminal Justice for Policy Assessment. Helsinki: Criminal Justice Press.

Boda, Zsolt, Gábor Scheiring, David Hall and Emanuel Lobina (2008): “Hungary”, pp. 178-202 in Naren Prasad (ed.), Social Policies and Private Sector Participation in Water Supply: Beyond Regulation. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Boda, Zsolt and Gábor Scheiring (2006): “Privatization of Water in the Context of Transition”, pp. 95-101 in Daniel Chávez (ed.), Public Services Yearbook,. Amsterdam, Montevideo: Transnational Institute.

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  • Position: Research Associate
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  • Tel: +44 7958 355041
  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
  • Research Interests: political economy, political sociology, social determinants of health, democracy, comparative political economy, public policy research

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