Katya Dunajeva

Katya joined PPMI in February of 2020 as a senior researcher, while she also works as an Assistant Professor at Pazmany Peter Catholic University in Hungary. At PPMI, Katya focuses primarily on education, but is also regularly involved in other projects concerning various political, economic and social issues in Eastern Europe and Eastern Partnership countries. Katya has extensive experience in policy analysis and qualitative research, as well as conducting desk research, interviews and fieldwork. As a senior researcher, her primary responsibilities include data analysis and report drafting, and she is always happy to take a lead on structuring and presenting written research. Katya's academic research have been published in several book chapters and peer-reviewed journals, and her book was published by Central European University Press in 2021. She is fluent in Hungarian, Russian and English.



  • BA, International Relations, Saint Cloud State University (USA), 2009
  • MA, Political Science, University of Oregon (USA), 2012
  • PhD, Political Science, University of Oregon (USA), 2014


Research Methods Certificates

  • Quantitative Methods: University of Amsterdam, Quantitative Methods Course (completed on-line course via Coursera system), 2019 November - 2020 February 
  • Survey Methods: ETHMIGSURVEDATA Training School, “Research on Ethnic and Migrant Minorities” Institute for Sociology, Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, 14-15 November 2019 
  • Qualitative Methods: Qualitative Research Methods’ (CQRM) Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research at Maxwell School, Syracuse University, NY, June 2012


Key areas of experience

Policy areas: language education, multilingual education, equity and quality of education, social inclusion, Roma, family policy, environmental policy (issues of environmental justice), religion and public policy, civil society.


Methods: qualitative research methods, including desk-based research, interviews, surveys and fieldwork.


Geographic coverage: EU-28, candidate countries, Russia and former Soviet republics, North America.


Selected publications

Dunajeva Jekatyerina, Constructing Identities: „Bad Gypsies“ and „Good Roma“ in Russia and Hungary throughout time. Budapest: CEU Press, 2021

Dunajeva, Jekatyerina and Marek Szilvasi, “Critical Romani Studies: contesting antigypsyism in public policy, social service delivery, and knowledge-production” in Routledge Handbook of Critical Social Work, 2nd edition. London: Routledge (forthcoming, 2021)

Dunajeva, Jekatyerina: “Teaching about Roma in contemporary Hungary” in Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska and Urszula Markowska-Manista (eds.) Teaching about “Invisible Others”. The Central and East European Perspective (Springer, forthcoming 2021)

Dunajeva, Jekatyerina and Violeta Vajda. “Positionality and Fieldwork: Participatory Research with Roma” In The SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research and Enquiry, 55, edited by Danny Burns, Jo Howard and Sonia Ospina. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. (forthcoming 2021).

Dunajeva, Jekatyerina: “Institutional Context and Roma Identity: A Case Study of Attitudes Towards Roma Youth and Positive Youth Development Practices” in Roma Minority in a Global Context: Resources for Positive Youth Development, eds. Radosveta Dimitrova, David Sam & Laura Ferrer-Wreder (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021)

Dunajeva, Jekatyerina and Joanna Kostka: “Environmental racism, Neoliberalism, Inequalities, Roma and Segregation” in Roma and Health: The Social Determinants of Health and the Movement Toward Health Equity, edited by Sam Beck (forthcoming)

Anna Mirga-Kruszelnicka and Jekatyerina Dunajeva (eds.) Re-thinking Roma resistance throughout history: Recounting stories of strength and bravery. Berlin: ERIAC, 2021. ISBN: 978-3-9822573

Dunajeva, Jekatyerina and Joanna Kostka: “Racialized Politics of Garbage: Waste Management in Urban Roma Settlements in Eastern Europe”. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2021. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2020.1863442

Jekatyerina Dunajeva, “From ‘Unsettled Fortune-tellers’ to Socialist Workers: Education Policies and Roma in Early Soviet Union” in Mendes, Maria Manuela, Magano, Olga; Toma, Stefania (Eds.) Social and Economic Vulnerability of Roma People. Key Factors for the Success and Continuity of Schooling Levels (Springer, 2020), ISBN 978-3-030-52587-3

Dunajeva, Jekatyerina: “Power Hierarchies between the Researcher and Informants: Critical Observations during Fieldwork in a Roma Settlement” Critical Romani Studies Journal Vol 2 (1), 2019: 124-143.

Koesel, Karrie J. and Jekatyerina Dunajeva: “Repression, Restriction & Response in Contemporary Russia” in Under Cesar’s Sword: Christian Repression around the Globe, J. Daniel Philpott and Timothy Samuel Shah, eds., (2018) Cambridge University Press, pp.199-228

Dunajeva, Jekatyerina: “Negotiating Identity and Belonging after Regime Change: Hungarian Society and Roma in Post-Communist Hungary” in N. Lebedeva, R. Dimitrova, & J. Berry (Eds.). Changing values and identities in the post-communist world. Societies and political orders in transition. 2018. (Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-72615-1, 2018), pp. 349-364

Koesel, Karrie J. and Jekatyerina Dunajeva: “’Us versus Them’: The Politics of Religion in Contemporary Russia” in The Review of Faith & International Affairs 15, 2017: 56-67.

Dunajeva, Jekatyerina: “Education of Roma Youth in Hungary: Schools, Identities and Belonging” in European Education 49(1), 2017: 56-70.

Dunajeva, Jekatyerina and Patrick Cieschi: “Alternative Education and Roma Empowerment: Case Study of Dr. Ambedkar Buddhist School in Sajókaza, Hungary” in The Indian Journal of Social Work’s special issue on Collectivity and Empowerment in Poverty Alleviation – India and the Roma (Vol 78, No 1, 2017).

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