Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University


The Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy is a centre of excellence for environment-related scholarship and teaching in Europe, offering a comprehensive curriculum in environmental studies for intellectually advanced and ambitious graduate students. Our programs challenge students' ability to integrate theory and practice for the analysis, understanding, and management of environmental and environment-related problems. Offering both one- and two-year Master of Science programs and a Doctoral program, the department has educated several hundred young people from over 70 countries who are now working in academia, international organisations, governments, NGOs and businesses around the world. The Department hosts research centres focused on climate change and energy policy, an environmental systems laboratory and serves as a collaborating centre of the United Nations Environment Programme related to global integrated environmental assessment.


  • Coordination of, and contribution to, global and regional applied research initiatives related to the environment and sustainable development.
  • Contribution as a partner to several FP7 projects.
  • Integrated environmental assessment at the global and sub-global levels.
  • Development and analysis of global goals related to the post-2015 development agenda.
  • Analysis and construction of national sustainable development strategies.
  • Integrated vulnerability and impact assessment related to climate change, identification and mainstreaming of adaptation options.
  • Adaptive ecosystem management.
  • Development and use of sustainability indicator systems in policy planning, implementation and evaluation from the global to the community level.
  • Integrated policy assessment.
  • Participatory scenario development and analysis.


  • Lead of the Hungarian case study.
  • WP1: Identify and work with community decision-makers to analyse how they handle climate change related uncertainty.
  • WP2: Contribute to the development of a methodology for participatory scenario development and manage the process at the local scale.
  • WP3: Ensure the integrated modelling framework adequately captures multi-scale and multi-sector interactions for community scale case studies.
  • WP4: Contribute to the development of transition pathways.
  • WP5: Facilitate stress-testing of existing strategies and policies, and assess social and economic risks associated with adaptation pathways.
  • WP6: Lead the case study stakeholder workshops in Hungary, help coordinate outreach and dissemination particularly in the CEE region.



Dr. László Pintér
Professor at CEU
Senior Fellow and Associate at IISD
Hungarian Case Study Leader in IMPRESSIONS
Research interests:
Sustainable development governance, goals, indicators and strategies
Integrated environmental assessment
Scenario analysis
Integrated vulnerability and adaptation analysis

Linda Juhász-Horváth
Junior Visiting Researcher at CEU
Hungarian Case Study Co-ordinator in IMPRESSIONS
Research interests:
Sustainability transition
Scenario development&analysis
Environmental communication

IMPRESSIONS project partners in Hungary:

Dr. László Antal Z. 
Senior research fellow at Institute of Sociology, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Honorary President of the Alliance of Climate-Friendly Municipalities
Research interests:
Climate change and social resilience
Climate change at local level
Health sociology

Tamás Józsa
Chief of Cabinet of the Mayor of Veszprém
Fields of work:
Urban development
Asset management
Social relations
Cultural institutions
György Baka
President of Zöldtárs Environmental Association in Szekszárd
Coordinator of the 'Climate Circle' of Szekszárd
Research interests:
Municipal environmental planning and climate protection

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