Susan Divald

 Susan Divald

Research topic:
Hungarian minority autonomy claims in Romania and Slovakia
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Democracy and Democratisation Identity Nationalism Political Parties European Union Comparative Politics and Government  Groups, Identities and Social Movements Rights, Justice, and Equality 

Academic Profile

I’m a DPhil Candidate in Politics, at St Cross College, supervised by Professor Gwendolyn Sasse.

I have long been intrigued by the question of how best to manage ethnic diversity in our increasingly multicultural societies – diverse with ‘old’ and ‘new’ minorities. I have tied this interest into the context of post-communist Eastern Europe for my doctoral dissertation. My research focuses on the Hungarian minority in Central and Eastern Europe: I am comparing the persistence and change of autonomy claims which Hungarian minority elites have made in Romania and Slovakia since 1990, looking at the role of kin-state influence, European pressures and domestic party politics.  I was also a visiting doctoral student at the CEU's Nationalism Program from January - August 2017.

I completed my BA in Political Science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. I also hold an MPhil in European Politics & Society from Oxford (Merton college). My thesis compared two contrasting minority rights approaches: that of France towards its Muslim minorities and that of Hungary towards its Roma minority. I did this across the policy fields of education and political representation.   

Before beginning my doctorate, I spent a few years working in Geneva for the UN’s International Labour Organization, as well as for its Budapest office.  I worked on issues touching on employment and education, including a focus on the Roma. I’m keen to maintain a link between the ivory tower and policy world, and to pass on good research and analytical skills to students whom I will teach.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

In 2017-18 I am teaching:

- Politics of Europe (undergraduate)

- Politics of the European Union (undergraduate)

- Qualitative Methods - nVivo (graduate research methods workshop)

I have also completed different professional development trainings including: 

- Research Integrity Training

- Admissions Interview Training

- Springboard Development Programme


DPIR Studentship 2015-2017

Scatcherd Scholar at CEU - January - August 2017

DPIR Norman Chester Fund 2018


  • Internal Background Paper, "Promoting Decent Work Opportunities for Roma in Central and Eastern Europe", International Labour Organization, Budapest, 2015.
  • Working Paper “Comparative Analysis of Youth Employment Policies in Asia and the Pacific”, International Labour Organization, Bangkok, 2015.
  • Book Review “Religion, Intolerance, and Conflict: A Scientific and Conceptual Investigation” Edited by S. Clarke, R. Powell, and J. Savulescu 2013, New Blackfriars, September 2014.
  • Book Review “God and the Atlantic: America, Europe and the Religious Divide” by T.J. Howard 2011,New Blackfriars, May 2013.
  • How to Protect Minorities: An Individual or Collective Approach? International Council on Human Rights Policy Blog, November 2011.

Conference Papers and Presentations

  • "Too Much or Too Little? The Hungarian Quest for Autonomy in Romania and Slovakia - Research Design", CEU's Conflict & Security Research Group, Budapest, Hungary, June 2017
  • “Promoting decent work opportunities for Roma youth in Central and Eastern Europe”, panellist, Validation Workshop, International Labour Organization, Budapest, Hungary May 2016.
  • “Research on Roma youth employment in Central and Eastern Europe”, Technical meeting, International Labour Organization, Geneva-Budapest July 2015.
  • “What works for youth employment: Sharing policies from Asia and the Pacific”, International Labour Organization, Bangkok, Thailand September 2014.