The Centre for Social Sciences was founded in 2012, by the union of four institutions of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences: the Institute for Legal Studies, Institute for Minority Studies, Institute for Political Science, and Institute for Sociology.
There are also two independent research groups in the Centre: the Research Center for Educational and Network Studies (RECENS), and Give Kids a Chance Research Group.
The primary objective of the Centre for Social Sciences is to conduct basic research in social science. Researchers at the Centre conduct both theoretical and empirical research, and the results are disseminated to both the academic and general public at scientific and professional events. Beyond research, the Centre provides a forum for domestic social science discussions through the organisation of conferences and the provision of infrastructural support for both the associations of social sciences and their most important social science journals in Hungary. Our researchers also disseminate scientific knowledge by organising conferences for the wider public and by publishing scientific essays and books.