completed her sociology studies at the Arts Faculty of Comenius University. She is co-founder of the Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture and has been its director since 2012. She began working for the third sector as a researcher with the Institute for Public Affairs. Cultural integration, access of children with minority background to education, and interethnic relations are among the issues she deals with the most frequently. She has recently immersed herself in various aspects of the rights of minority children. She has supervised several research projects examining the status of the Roma and migrants in Slovakia. She has authored and co-authored a number of publications dedicated to these issues. She has a daughter, Lila, who is very much interested in exploring unicorns and their relations with humans. When Elena does not work or play savannah animals with her daughter, she seeks solace in good books.
graduated from the University of Sussex, Brighton where she majored in Applied Social Psychology. Perhaps it was her own migrant experience that raised her professional interest in interethnic relations and cultural diversity. In 2009 she joined the Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture where she specialises in political discourses on minorities and national identity as well as prejudice, stereotypes and social identity issues. Since 2011 she has co-edited the Centre’s critical quarterly Minority Policy in Slovakia. When not at work, Alena loves to relax with a good film or a book, ideally on the Croatian coast. She is also an avid theatre-goer.
graduated from the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, majoring in sociology and international relations. At her alma mater, she is currently pursuing her doctor’s degree in sociology as a full-time PhD student. Academically, she is interested in cultural and pragmatic sociology, particularly analysing collective memory and mediating urban affiliation disputes. She joined the Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture in September 2013 as a researcher, focusing primarily on inclusive education and civic and cultural participation of migrants and members of national minorities. She prefers qualitative research methods such as ethnography, especially visual ethnography. She has been on an exchange study trip to Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey, spent four months working as a volunteer in a rural community in Nepal and completed a fellowship in community organizing in the USA. Ivana loves to feel the wind in her hair, the smell of spring flowers and the view of Slovakia from mountaintops.
graduated from The Arts Faculty at Comenius University, majoring in sociology. She devoted to her master’s thesis to the issue of developing social services on the local level. Between 2001 and 2005 she worked as a researcher and analyst with the Institute for Public Affairs where she participated in several projects aimed at exploring the situation of the Roma in Slovakia. In 2005 she was among co-founders of the Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture to which she has remained loyal until now. In her work, she focuses on different aspects of the status of ethnic and religious minorities in Slovakia. She is interested in exploring the possibilities of migrants’ participation on the local level, but she is also keen on analysing the general public’s attitudes to minorities. She is the author and co-author of numerous publications on these issues. When away from work, Jana loves to spend time with her husband and two children who take up much more space in her life than in this brief profile.
is the graduate of the Department of Sociology at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and the Institute for Public Policy at Comenius University in Bratislava, where she received her PhD degree in 2014. She has also experienced education systems in Austria (primary school), the United States (a study trip during high school) and Israel (a study trip during university). She has been with the Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture since 2009, specialising in education and language policies with respect to minorities, inclusive education and integration measures on the local level. Besides, she has been teaching minority policies at Comenius University’s Faculty of Social and Economic Science and she is also lecturing on critical thinking and argumentation. She has taken part in numerous projects in the capacity of researcher, analyst, project manager, lecturer and author of expert studies. She lives with her husband and two sons. Her favourite leisure activities include running, hiking in the woods and experience other peoples’ stories through books and films.
studied European studies at Comenius University’s Faculty of Social and Economic Science and human rights at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. She joined the Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture as an intern in 2011 and three years later she saw her status change to that of a researcher. She is both professionally and personally interested in issues related to human and minority rights, particularly when they involve children and people with disabilities, as well as in issues of discrimination, right to privacy and inclusive education. She takes great pleasure in organising events, creating innovative ideas and communicating them. After work, Katarína likes to sing in a choir and travel by trains.
Jarmila Lajčáková studied sociology and law at the Comenius University, graduating with honours in 2000. She continued with her graduate legal studies at the Faculty of Law, the University of Toronto, where she has earned her Master in Laws (LLM) in 2002 and her Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in 2007. Her doctoral thesis, entitled Ethnocultural Justice for the Roma in Slovakia, introduces a theory of national minority rights based on a contextual understanding of ethnocultural justice as well as an institutional proposal of a personal cultural autonomy that can advance both cultural and socio-economic empowerment of the Roma.Jarmila has joined the Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture in 2007. She has been leading Minority Policy in Slovakia programme, which has recently evolved into an initiative called Slovakia for All [Slovensko pre všetkých]. Jarmila is interested both in theory and practice of minority rights and non-discriminations, in particularly the Roma. She considers the first affirmative action program in Slovakia for Romani students in partnership with the University of Economics that she has helped to develop and implement as her most notable accomplishment. She is the author of numerous academic and public policy studies.
earned her degree from Comenius University’s Faculty of Law in 2001 and for the past ten years she has worked as a legal expert specialising in migration law and foreigners’ integration in Slovakia. In 2005, she helped establish the Migration Information Centre operated by the International Organisation for Migration. Two years later, she co-authored a monograph entitled Migrant Integration in the Slovak Republic: Recommendations and Challenges for Policy-Makers. Since 2009 she has participated in several domestic and international research projects related to foreigners’ integration and was instrumental in drafting the Strategy of Foreigners’ Integration in the Slovak Republic (2009) and Integration Policy of the Slovak Republic (2014), policy documents elaborated by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family. In 2010 she joined the Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture and the Advisory Bureau for Residence and Citizenship operated by the Human Rights League civic association. Having no progeny of her own, Zuzana is a godmother to three children who loves to relax while preparing exotic dishes and travelling.
graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava. Between 1991 and 1992 she worked for Ecodata as a specialist in the department of promotion and implementation of projects, between 1992 and 1997 for Alcatel as a sales manager of small and middle communication systems. She has been working for CVEK since 2011 and she is responsible for finance. She has two daughters and she loves to travel, to watch good movies, to do fitness and to drink good coffee.