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.

Our Team

Bálint Balázs

managing director and senior research fellow

Eszter Kelemen

senior research fellow

György Pataki

senior research fellow

Borbála Lipka

Dynaversity-Magház community coordinator

Katalin Varga

financial manager

Erzsébet Lengyel

project manager

Diana Szakál

Fit4Food Budapest Community coordinator

Balázs Sipos

graphic designer

Alexandra Czeglédi

research fellow

Éva Bánsági

content writer and editor



Our affiliated researchers

Boldizsár Megyesi

social scientist

Tiziana Centofanti

research fellow


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Contact us


ESSRG Kft, Impact Hub Budapest, HU-1053 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 2.