About us


ESSRG cultivates cross-boundary research in a transdisciplinary fashion, engaging in multi-actor democratic dialogue with natural and social sciences, and other knowledge systems.

We nourish a collaborative and cooperative research approach, involving various communities and stakeholder groups, while paying attention to those voices that are typically marginalized or voiceless, thus striving toward social justice and ecological sustainability.

We possess practical skills for working with conflict-intensive boundaries on science-policy-society interfaces, such as action research methods and community development, participatory planning, conflict management and mediation competencies.

We believe in opening up the established systems of knowledge creation toward various forms of co-creation, including Participatory Action Research (PAR), Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and citizen science, thus enhancing society’s capacity for transformative learning.


A society is envisioned where grassroots activism is the main coordination logic institutionalised. All kinds of knowledge are freely accessed public good by each social group. Space for learning and experimentation is provided in order to search for multiple ways of capability development and conviviality.


ESSRG is committed to promoting collaborative learning efforts and initiates transparent, inclusive and reflexive research and innovation processes of participative problem definition, analysis, and working with citizens, policy-makers and researchers toward mutually desirable outcomes. Making collaborative research and innovation efforts more effective an inclusive service is needed that will support process facilitation among diverse actors willing to cooperate on transforming the research and innovation system towards a responsible one. ESSRG will work on developing a service to bring together researchers, participants of citizen science, RRI initiatives, living labs, ‘DIY’ science activities, science shops, and other stakeholders in order to enable the necessary implementation capabilities to be improved that will support research and innovation with and for society in the future.

The inclusive service being envisaged will serve the following:
• Create awareness among researchers, innovators, and citizens about RRI
• Assist research teams as well as civil knowledge holders to share their expertise and assets
• Connect enterprises/organizations/citizen groups that have a specific problem with potential problem-solvers (researchers/innovators)
• Allow local initiatives, groups to find suitable partners in a systematic manner
• Bring together large numbers of people to form collaborations and address sustainability issues in ways that national government policy/academic research cannot.
• Offer new methods of collaborative learning and knowledge sharing on how-to-do RRI
• Provide methodologies and tools that help interested stakeholders within and outside the research community to set up collaborative projects
• Present and to make visible the achievements of current collaboration activities
• Assist the advocacy of RRI at local, national or EU level
• Assist the international collaborations between current initiatives and partners
• Mobilize the collective intelligence for fostering grassroots processes and practices


Our Team


Bálint Balázs

managing director and senior research fellow

Györgyi Bela

senior research fellow

Eszter Kelemen

senior research fellow

György Pataki

senior research fellow

Janka Horváth

research assistant

Katalin Varga

financial manager

Erzsébet Lengyel

project manager

Diana Szakál

Food City Lab coordinator


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Contact us


HU-1024 Budapest, Rómer Flóris 38.