Center of Social and Psychological Sciences/Institute for Forecasting (CSPS)
Center of Social and Psychological Sciences/The Institute for Forecasting is part of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. It is basic and applied research institution and think-thank for design of economic and social policies. The Institute concentrates on interdisciplinary research in following areas: 1. Theoretical, methodological and conceptual issues of the Slovak society in national and world-wide context; 2. Human dimension of global environmental change and 3.Co-evolution of institutional and technology change. The Institute prepared number of studies commissioned by the European Commission, Slovak Prime Minister Office, Slovak Ministries of Economy and Finance, World Bank, OECD, International Labour Office, etc. The core of the Center’s activities is the processing and evaluation of statistical data, qualitative studies and the implementation of sociological, socioeconomic surveys and psychological research.
Role in the project
CSPS will contribute to almost all the activities foreseen in the project. In particular in the WP 1 “Conceptual framework”, it will lead the task 1.5 on “Socio-political key factors, dynamics and patterns” and will participate in Task 1.7 on the “Cross-cutting Workspace”. CSPS will also lead the Task 2.3 on “Research protocols and guidelines” and Task 2.4 on “Data management tools” and will carry out the case study in Upper Nitra (Task 3.7). Finally CSPS will contribute to the qualitative analysis (Task 5.3) in WP 5 on “Comparative analysis” and will be involved in all the WP6.
Richard has extensive experience as a researcher, as well as a leader and coordinator of research, development and evaluation projects in the EU and West Balkan region. His work and research interests are mainly in the intersections of environmental and social policy development in the transitional countries of Central and Eastern Europe – with particular attention to decarbonisation strategies, financing, evaluation and social and territorial exclusion leading to the exposure to environmental risks, access to resources and vulnerability of the people. He is currently Deputy Director at the Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences and acting Head of Forecasting Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences.
As a researcher he is focused mainly on ethnicity, social inclusion, environmental justice and labour. He also provided technical assistance for the Slovak government regarding the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies 2020. He has also been involved in Roma advocacy on an international level, participating in numerous meetings throughout Europe, and has cooperated with the European Roma Rights Centre, Amnesty International and the Open Society Institute. He has written academic articles in journals as well as book chapters on Roma integration.
Her research is dedicated to quantitative methods, mathematical modelling and forecasting in economics, environmental economics and climate change. Nowadays her main research is closely related to energy poverty, focused on causes of vulnerability of affected inhabitants.
Matúš Grežo obtained his PhD in social and work psychology from Comenius University in Bratislava in 2016 and is currently affiliated with the Institute of Experimental Psychology of the Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences, Slovak Academy of Sciences. His areas of expertise include judgment and decision making, cognitive biases, behavioural economics and social psychology.
Branislav Uhrecký obtained his PhD in social and work psychology from Comenius University in Bratislava in 2019 and is currently affiliated with the Institute of Experimental Psychology of the Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences, Slovak Academy of Sciences. His areas of expertise include affective psychology, emotion regulation, consumer behavior, and qualitative methodology.