Metropolitan Research Institute
Hanna Szemző (PhD in History, Master’s degree in Sociology and History) has been working for Metropolitan Research Institute for more than 15 years. She has experience in research and consultancy in the fields of urban renewal, social inclusion, demography, welfare, and governance analysis. She has participated in various 5th, 6th, and 7th Framework Programmes of the European Union, working on issues of urban regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods, the revitalisation of large housing estates, and on the concept of housing wealth as asset and a source of income in retirement. She has prepared strategic development concepts for local governments, worked on ESPON project about the European spatial governance, and participated in the preparation of a study on the demographic future of European cities. She has taken part in the development of a joint research project between architects and sociologists, with the aim of providing innovative housing solutions and, through this, revitalising selected problematic areas of Budapest.
More recently, she has been actively involved in projects focusing on social inclusion. Currently, she is coordinator of two EU funded multi-year projects: (1) DG Employment funded HomeLab – Home and Labour: Integrated Housing and Labour Services in the Social Rental Enterprise Model, focusing on vulnerable groups in the Visegrad Countries, and (2) Horizon2020 project OpenHeritage, focusing on adaptive and inclusive cultural heritage reuse practices in marginalised locations. Previously, she worked as researcher in FP5, FP6 and FP7 projects (OSIS - Origins of Security and Insecurity; DEMHOW – Demography and Housing Wealth, and Proficient).