COVID epidemic - social inequalities and integration

Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA)
2022 - 2024 

Head of Research: Imre Kovách (CSS Institute for Sociology)


Project Participants: (on behalf of CSS)

ALBERT, Fruzsina  GERŐ, Márton KŐSZEGHY, Lea
BALOGH, Karolina  GYŐRI, Ágnes MEGYESI, Boldizsár 
BUKOVICS, István HAJDU, Gábor PAPP Z., Attila  
CSIZMADY, Adrienne HORZSA, Gergely SIPOS, Alexandra 
CSURGÓ, Bernadett HUSZÁR, Ákos SZABÓ, Andrea
DÁVID, Beáta  ILLÉSSY, Miklós ZSIGMOND, Csilla


External participants: BIHARI, Ildikó (University of Debrecen), CZIBERE, Ibolya (University of Debrecen), HUSZTI, Éva (University of Debrecen), NEMES-ZÁMBÓ, Gabriella (University of Debrecen), SZABARI, Veronika (Eötvös Loránd University), SZARKA, Melitta (University of Debrecen)


The aim of the research is a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the social phenomena of the “Post-COVID” age. The COVID epidemic had profound social consequences. The adoption of methods of protection, the virus denialism, the anti-vaccination can lead to a new social divide, the causes, and determinants of which we have little well-founded knowledge. With the exception of regional and age data, the distribution of infection and COVID-related diseases and vaccination propensity among the strata of Hungarian society is practically unknown. The success of overcoming the epidemic, the manageability of the consequences, and the responsiveness of society can largely depend on changes in social inequalities, social integration, trust and solidarity, and the current organization of social networks and local societies. Based on three surveys (end of 2015, 2018, 2021) and qualitative research, the research analyzes social trends that probable for the “Post-COVID” period are also likely