Dr. Dezso Mate

Academy in Exile@KWI Fellow

Dezso Mate has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Sociology from the Eotvos Lorand University. Currently he is a postdoctoral researcher at The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities – Das Kulturwissenschaftliche Institut Essen (KWI). As an Academy in Exile@KWI Fellow, Dezso continues his work on the situation of Romani people in Europe and anti-Roma racism with a special focus on LGBTQ+ rights.

Dezso Mate is a former Research Fellow of the Romani Studies Program at the Central European University. He was a Visiting Research Associate at the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research, University of Sussex and a Junior Research Fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He worked as an international consultant at the Open Society Foundations, where his work focused on the intersectional challenges in public healthcare settings faced by Romani LGBTI people.



  • Dimensions of intersectional antigypsyism;
  • Manifestations of racism, sexism, LGBTI-phobia, and ableism;
  • Social movements, and injustices, Feminism, Gender rights, Hate crimes and speech;
  • Public Health – Psychical and mental health prevention – Social resilience, and resistance.
  • Concept of social responsibility,  social movement alliances and leadership building.


2021 September – present

Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities – Kulturwissenschaftliche Institut Essen (KWI)  -Postdoctoral Academy in Exile@KWI Research Fellow

2019 -2021

Central European University – Romani Studies Program – Research Fellow / Summer School Coordinator

2017 -2020

Open Society Foundations – International Program Consultant at Community Youth Fellowship – Romani LGBTQ Project

2013 – 2018

Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Institute for Minority Studies – Junior Research Fellow

2015 -2017

University of Sussex – Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research – Visiting Research Associate

2012- 2016

T- Tudok Centre for Knowledge Management and Educational Research Centre – Researcher – Project Coordinator



2015- 2020

Doctor of Philosophy – PhD.
Eötvös Loránd University – Interdisciplinary PhD Program at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Thesis: Generational changes of the Roma graduates – the impact of social resilience

2010- 2014

University of Pécs – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – Media Studies – Film Theory and Romani Studies – Teacher – Master’s degree

Thesis: Turkish – German Women representations in German Cinematography


Fontys University of Applied Sciences – Applied Social Sciences Studies – Erasmus Master’s Program

Thesis: Roma, Sint and Travellers Housing and Educational Exclusions in the Netherlands

2006- 2009

University of Pécs – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – Romani Studies – Communication and Media Studies – Bachelor’s degree

Thesis Unsolved Issues of the Romani Children in the Hungarian Education System – Policy and Law Analyses


Framing Romani LGBTIQ Equality Emancipation and Intersection In: My Story, Mijn verhaal, Mon historie, Faber publishing house – ERGO Network, Balkan LGBTQ. pp.128-131, 2020

Eleven signature pedagogies related to the fostering of creativity and critical thinking In: OECD „Fostering Students‘ Creativity and Critical Thinking – What it Means in School”, 2019
Chapter 3 – pp.77-79.
Chapter 8 – Hungarian Team. pp.217-22.
Authors: Máté Dezső – Fülöpné Kádár Judit- Kaderják Anita – Lannert Judit – Németh Szilvia

The First Sparks of Romani LGBTQ In: Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER). University of Sussex School of Education and Social Work. pp.1- 6, 2017

Faced with Multiple ‘Values’ – From the Perspective of the Roma LGBTQ Community In: Roma Rights (2): Nothing About Us Without Us? Roma Participation in Policy Making and Knowledge Production, ERRC Roma Rights Journal of The European Roma Rights Centre. pp.95- 100, 2015

Generációs változások a roma diplomások életútjában, a társadalmi reziliencia hatása II. (A paradoxon diskurzusa) In: Marginal Position III. – Peremhelyzetben, Debreceni Egyetem. pp.49-70, 2018

Reziliens romák identitáskonstrukciói In: Erdélyi Társadalom 13 (01), Presa Universitara Clujeana. pp.43-55, 2015


• Romaversitas Foundation Scholarship
• Roma Education Found Scholarship
• National Excellence Scholarship – 2017

European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) – Berlin