Pataki, Györgi | Hungary

G. Pataki

György Pataki graduated as an economist (1994), obtained a PhD in management and organization science (2003). He studied environmental and international economics and public policy science at the former Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences, Budapest, Hungary (currently Corvinus University of Budapest), was a visiting master student at the Faculty of Public Administration of the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (1993), and a visiting doctoral researcher at the former Judge Institute of Management Studies, University of Cambridge, UK (1997-1998).

For 25 years, he had various teaching affiliations with Hungarian public universities where he taught business economics (bachelor), decision theory (master), ethics and economics (master), ecological economics (master and PhD), and qualitative research methodologies (PhD). He is one of the founders of the Environmental Social Science Research Group (ESSRG), a nonprofit research organization. He was board member of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) and belongs to the Empowerment, Inclusiveness and Equity (EIE) working group of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA). For 4 years, he served as an Eastern European member of the Multi-disciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). He is a board member of the Hungarian Coalition of Social Enterprises, a non-profit association for the advancement of social entrepreneurship in Hungary.

He is currently contributing to EU-funded research projects on citizen social science (, nature-based solutions (Coevolvers) and transformation for biodiversity decision-making (Planet4B). His research interest is diverse covering topics of biodiversity and ecosystem services, solidarity economy and social entrepreneurship, social innovation. He is committed to qualitative, participatory and action-based research methodologies and currently experimenting with multi-sensory and multi-species research methodologies.

Selected publications:

Málovics, G; Juhász, J; Mérei-Berki B; Mihók B; Szentistványi, I; Pataki, G; Nagy, Mi; Tóth, J (2021) Confronting espoused theories with theories-in-use: Challenges of participatory action research with marginalized communities in contributing to social change and theory building. ACTION RESEARCH 19 : 2 pp. 255-276

Neulinger, A; Bársony, F; Gjorevska, N; Lazányi, O; Pataki, G; Takács, S; Török, A (2020) Engagement and subjective well‐being in alternative food networks: the case of Hungary. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONSUMER STUDIES 44: 4 pp. 306-315

Kiss, G; Pataki, G; Köves, A; Király, G (2018) Framing Sustainable Consumption in Different Ways: Policy Lessons from Two Participatory Systems Mapping Exercises in Hungary. JOURNAL OF CONSUMER POLICY 41 : 1 pp. 1-19

Pascual, U; Balvanera, P; Díaz, S; Pataki, G; et al. (2017) Valuing nature's contributions to people: the IPBES approach. CURRENT OPINION IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY 26-27 pp. 7-16