Marta Rado

Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Received Sylff fellowhip in 2018.
Academic supervisor: Károly Takács

2017: SAS Best Paper Award, Young Demographers Conference, Prague
2016: Hungarian National Talent Scholarship
2015-2016: Research Excellent Award by Hungarian National Bank and Corvinus University of Budapest
2014-2016: ERSTE Foundation, Fellowship for Social Research
2013: National Competition for Academic Student - 2th price
2012-2013: Hungarian State Scholarship
2011: Competition for Academic Students - 3th price
2010-2011:  Hungarian State Scholarship

Márta Radó works as a junior researcher at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Corvinus University Social Futuring Center. Her methodological interest is in statistical methods, including agent-based modelling and network analysis. From a substantive point of view, she has done research on fertility, ageing, work-life balance, prejudices, inequalities and education. In her PhD thesis, she analyses the effects of various life events on subjective well-being

This project aims to reveal the prejudice formation among Hungarian adolescences. Recently several studies have investigated the effect of the contact between the minority and the majority group on prejudice. The international results has produced mixed evidences, whereas there is limited research has been made in the Hungarian context. For relational integration within the school, one needs to acknowledge that not all peers are equally important. Instead, it is better to emphasize who are the relevant peers that play a role in reducing prejudice and increasing interracial or interethnic contact. These studies of peer influence focused primarily on friendship. Although friends are important sources of influence, but possibilities to intervene in friendship formation are limited.  Contrary to friendship formation, teachers can intervene in the seating arrangement of the class. Moreover, desk-mates often become friends, thus, intervening in the seating arrangement also implies a change in the friendship network. This project has two aims. Firstly an empirical research would reveal the relationship between the share of Romani people in the class room and prejudices, furthermore, we would also observe the effect of Roma deskmate on non-Romas’ level of prejudice as well. Secondly, based on the empirical results we aim to reveal the consequences of different seating arrangement scenarios on prejudice by agent based simulation.

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