Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Sociology

The Institute of Sociology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences was founded by the president of the Academy in 1963. The Institute was headed by András Hegedüs from 1963 until 1968. Academician Kálmán Kulcsár was Director from 1968 till 1983, who was followed by László Cseh-Szombathy till 1988 and Csaba Makó till 1990. A new institute called Centre for Social Conflict Research was launched in 1991 headed by Pál Tamás. The Plenary Session of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, held on 12 December 1997, ruled to merge the Institute of Sociology and the Centre for Social Conflict Research under the name Institute of Sociology from 1 July 1998. The Director was Pál Tamás. From 1 January 2011 the Director is Imre Kovách.


The Institute, with more than 50 associates is currently the biggest research establishment of Hungarian sociology. The researchers of the Institute conduct the empirical study of social processes with aspirations of developing sociological theories and methodology. As experts they participate in the management of the society, in elaborating the different sociological contexts of the social policy and economy, in the development of different types of reform concepts and also in their critical analysis. The associates of the Institute organize workshops, national and international conferences for the discussion of scientific issues.