Michal Vašečka

Michal
Vašečka

Profession Sociologist, Associate Professor

Michal Vašečka

Sociologist and lecturer

Doc. PhDr. Michal Vašečka, PhD. is sociologist by background. He focuses his interests on issues of ethnicity, race, and migration studies, as well as populism, extremism, social movements, and civil society. As an Associate Professor Michal operates at the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts (BISLA) since 2015 and at the Pan-European University in Bratislava since 2018. Previously he worked at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno (2002-2017) and at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences of Comenius University in Bratislava (2006-2009). As a visiting scholar he operated at the New School University in New York (1996-1997), at the University of London (1998), at the Georgetown University In Washington DC (2008-2009), at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (2015), and he was also a ISGAP Scholar-In-Residence at the Oxford University (2016). Michal Vašečka is a founder and former director (2006-2012) of the Center for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture (CVEK). In 1998-2005 he worked at the Slovak think-tank Institute of Public Affairs (IVO) as a program director on expert analysis of the Slovak transformation process with a focus on national minorities and the state of civil society in Slovakia. He has been a consultant for the World Bank in 2000-2008 and in 2011-2012. Since 2012 Michal Vašečka serves as a representative of the Slovak republic in the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), human rights body of the Council of Europe. He serves as a vice-chairman of the governmental committee VRAX tackling extremism and racism in Slovakia since 2017. In 2010-2017 Michal Vašečka served as a chairman of the Board of the Fulbright Commission in Slovakia. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg since 2010, and president of the Executive Board of the Platform for Improvement of Health Status of Disadvantaged Groups in Bratislavasince 2017. Dr. Michal Vašečka is a chairman of the Editorial Board of the Denník N, major daily newspaper in Slovakia since 2016, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Prague-based Aspen Review Central Europe in 2012-2016, since 2016 member of the Editorial Board. In 2018 Michal became a laureate of the Award for special contribution in the field human rights of Minister of Justice of Slovakia. 

Current position

  • Associate Professor at the Pan-European University in Bratislava, since 2018
  • Vice-chairman of the governmental committee VRAX tackling extremism and racism in Slovakia, since 2017
  • Coworker at Pažitný & Kandilaki, since 2017
  • Program director of the Bratislava Policy Institute, since 2017
  • Associate Professor at the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts, since 2015
  • Representative of the Slovak republic in the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance, since 2012

Education

  • Masaryk University in Brno - Ph.D. and PhDr. in sociology (2004)
  • New School University in New York - visiting scholar certificate (1997)
  • Masaryk University in Brno - M.A. in sociology (1995)

Membership in professional associations

Professional associations

  • Initiator of the Scholars at Risk Slovakia, since 2018
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Carpathian Foundation in Košice, since 2017.
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Platform for Improvement of Health Status of Disadvantaged Groups in Bratislava; in 2017 he has been elected president of its Executive Board in 2013-2016.
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Center for Open Politics in Bratislava, since 2017.   
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, since 2010
  • Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of the National project Healthy Communities (Zdravé Komunity) in 2015-2016.
  • Member of the Selection Committee for the program SK08 Cross-border cooperation (CBC01) of the Norwegian and EHP Funds 2009-2014, Bratislava (2014-2017);.
  • Chairman of Executive Board of the League of Human Rights in Brno (2014-2018).
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Willa Decius Association Cracow, since 2014
  • Founder of the Center for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture, he served a director of the CVEK in the period from 2006 to 2012.
  • Member of the Board of the Fulbright Commission in Slovakia since 2010 (chairman of the Board since 2012).
  • Member of the APVV - Agency for the Research and Development of the Slovak republic Board for social sciences in 2010-2012.
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Zvůle práva - Prague based association (since 2008).
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the National Democratic Institute for Programs of Roma Minority Political Inclusion in Slovakia (since 2005).
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of Partners for Democratic Change for Roma integration program of the USAID (2003-2006)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Government Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities (2001-2006).

Scientific associations

  • Member of the Association for Studies of Nationalities ASN, since 2008
  • Member of the International Sociological Association ISA, since 2006
  • Member of the European Sociological Association ESA (2005-2015)
  • Member of the American Association on Advancement of Slavic Studies AAASS (2006-2010)
  • Member of the International Society for Third Sector Research ISTSR (2000-2004)

Journals and magazines

  • Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Denník N, major daily newspaper in Slovakia, since 2016
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Prague-based Aspen Review Central Europe, since 2016 (in 2012-2016 he was member of the the Advisory Board)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Ekonomický časopis, since 2015

  • Member of the Program Commitee of the journal Miscellanea Posttotalitariana Wratislaviensia, Wroclaw, since 2013

Key qualifications

  • Experienced in analyses of social impact of IFI policies and strategies on vulnerable groups and minorities;
  • Worked for numerous international organizations and research institutions, such as the Hoover Institute, American Council of Learned Societies, Open Society Institute, International Organization for Migration, UNDP, European Center for Minority Issues, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit, Institute for Minority Rights, EURAC Bolzano, British Council Bratislava, GHK London, Navreme Prague, KPMG Bratislava, EBRD London.
  • Long-term experiences with all types of quantitative and qualitative research methods necessary for the project (questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, Oral history);
  • Well-developed skills for analysing statistical data, both quantitative and qualitative;
  • Practical experiences with analysis of social impact of EU policies, social inclusion of minorities and their health status.

References

Date
Location
Company
Position

Description

      2018 EU Université de Liege, Center for Ethnic and Migration Studies Migration

Social Expert

  • participation in project: Transnationalism and Social Protection in (post-) crisis Europe
  • analysis of diaspora and consular policies for Slovak citizens abroad and services provided by Slovakia as far as specific protection policies for nationals abroad are concerned in Slovakia   
      2018 EU European Parliament Social Expert
  • participation in research project for the European Parliament: Study on Scaling up Roma integration strategies
  • the aim of the study was to inform the work of European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs future work on improving the situation of Roma minority across the EU and combating anti-Gypsyism
      2017 EU European Commision Social Expert
  • Peer Review on Integration of Refugees into the Labour Market
  • Peer review analyzed measures being implemented in the EU Member States to facilitate early and sustainable labour market integration of refugees
2015-2017 Czech republic Grant agency of Masaryk University in Brno Social Expert
  • participation in project: Determinants of Growth of Extremism and Populism in Times of Economic Crisis
  • aim of the project was to verify to what extent and how the economic crisis affected the rise of electoral support for extremist and populist parties in EU countries
2014-2015 V4 Carpathian Foundation Leading Social Expert
  • Leading the project: V4 Poverty Alleviation Initiative - Looking for Local Solutions to the Global Challenge
  • identification and analysis of new comprehensive ways to local development based on the principle "local resources for local needs"

2015

Slovakia

KPMG and HPI Consulting for the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak republic

Leading Social Expert

  • Quantitative and qualitative research on perception of public administration reform and creation of client centres by state employees and public in Slovakia

2015

Slovakia

EBRD

Social Expert

  • Assessment of social impacts of the construction of the highway on vulnerable groups and marginalized communities

2013 - 2014

Slovakia

EU Fundamental Rights Agency

Social Expert

  • Qualitative research on local Roma integration plans, with an aim to assist efforts to implement and monitor the EU Framework for Roma integration

2013 - 2014

Czech Republic

GHK Consulting Ltd

Social Expert

  • Effective system of Employment Development, Implementation of Comprehensive inspections and Tackling Undeclared Work in the Czech Republic

 

2011 - 2012

Slovakia

Open Society Institut

Social Expert

  • Identification of common threads and characteristics that define successful practices for Roma inclusion in order to inform Slovak policy-makers

2011 - 2012

Slovakia

World Bank

Social Expert

  • Evaluation of the performance of public spending of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family (MOLSAF) of the Slovak Republic

2010

Slovakia

GHK Consulting Ltd

Social Expert

  • Peer Review on “Supporting the Labor Market Integration of the Roma Community in Slovakia“

2010

UK

Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services

Social Expert

  • Evaluation of ESF support for enhancing access to the labor market and the social inclusion of migrants and ethnic minorities

2009

Slovakia

Slovak Governance Institute

Social Expert

  • Assessing integration policies indicators

2009

Slovakia

Slovakia Governmental Office

Social Expert

  • Multiculturalism and Integration of New Minorities in Slovakia. Possibilities and Challenges

2008

Austria

Graz University, Government of Austria

Social Analyst

  • Survey - Practice of Minority Protection in Central Europe

2008

Czech Republic

World Bank and Governmental Office, Czech Republic

Social Expert

  • Policies for Promoting Employment for Roma

2007

Germany

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) Bonn; EC

Social Expert

  • Study on the social and labor market integration of ethnic minorities

2006

Slovakia

UNDP

Social Expert

  • Accelerating CSR Practices in the New EU Member States and Candidate Countries

2006

Regional

European Center for Minority Issues; EC

Social Expert

  • European Center for Minority Issues; EC

2006

Slovakia

Hungarian Academy of Science

Social Analyst

  • Roma in Slovakia - Settlement Initiatives in Community Conflicts

2005

Slovakia

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Social Expert

  • Minority in the Central European Region with a Focus on a Status of People of Slovak Ethnic Origin

2005

Austria

Austrian Academy of Science

Social Expert

  • Citizenship policies in EU-25

2005

Slovakia

Ministry of Culture, Slovak Republic

Social Expert

  • Feasibility study on building a multicultural society

2004

Slovakia

Ministry of Construction, Slovak Republic

Social Expert

  • Principles of regional policies in accordance with a Developmental Plan toward marginalized groups

2002-2003

Slovakia

Humboldt Universität

Social Expert

  • Ethnopolitik in der Systemtransformation: Ethnische Migration und Repräsentation ethnischer Interessen im Verleich in Slowakei

2002-2003

Slovakia

PHARE Program, The European Commission

Social Expert

  • Preparation of the Global report on a Roma population in Slovakia

 

Contact

ADDRESS — BRATISLAVA (SK)

Pažitný & Kandilaki, s.r.o.
Dunajská 2
811 08 Bratislava

Registered in Obchodný register okr. súdu BA I.,
vložka č. 115682/B

IČO
50 606 085

DIČ
2120395596

IČ DPH
SK2120395596

ADRESS — PRAHA (CZ)

Kandilaki & Pažitný, s.r.o.
Sokolovská 85/104
186 00 Praha 8

Registered in Obchodný register u Městského soudu v Praze, vložka C 275297

IČO
060 57 616

DIČ
CZ06057616

IČ DPH
CZ06057616

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