Max Weber Fellow
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies
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Bence Kováts obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology from the Corvinus University of Budapest in 2021 and received his MSc degree in Urban Studies as part of the 4 Cities Master’s programme run by six European universities. In his research, Bence focuses on the political economy of housing. Specifically, he examines how global structural determinants and changes, and local path dependencies affect local housing-related political and social practices.In his prior research, he looked into the relationship between countries’ positions in the world economy and characteristics of their housing systems such as the role of the family, the state and the market in housing access. In his Ph.D. research, he analysed changes in the extent and form of parental support in young adults’ housing access through Hungarian housing market cycles in the past decades.As a Max Weber Fellow, Bence is examining the origins of differences in European countries’ housing policies and housing conditions. Through country case studies, he is analysing mechanisms, such as path dependencies, global economic cycles, and political regime changes producing long-term differences in countries’ housing policies, housing tenure structures, urban densities and overcrowding.Bence taught Economic Sociology as well as his own course in Urban Studies at the Corvinus University of Budapest at both the undergraduate and the graduate level.