Vera Messing

Vera Messing
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Head of Research Department

Senior Research Fellow (MTA TK SZI)
Research Interests

social inequalities, social inclusion and exclusion;

Ethnic minorities, migrants

public policy for inclusion (education, employment)

media representation of Roma

Selected Publications

Árendás, Z., Messing, V., & Zentai, V. (2018) With Eyes Wide Shut. Job Searching Qualified Roma and Employee Seeking Companies. Intersections EEJSP 4(1) 66-88

Tremlett, A. Messing, V. and Kóczé A. (2017) Romaphobia and the media: mechanisms of power and the politics of representations. Introduction to the Special Issue ‘Romaphobia and the media’. Identities 24(6), 641-649

Messing, V. And Bernáth G. (2017) Disempowered by the media: causes and consequences of the lack of media voice of Roma communities. Identities 24(6), 650-667.

Messing, V. (2017) Differentiation in the making: consequences of school integration of Roma in Journal of European Education. 49:1, 89-103, DOI: 10.1080/10564934.2017.1280336

Messing, V. and Bereményi, Á (2016) "Is ethnicity a meaningful category of employment policies for Roma? A comparative case study of Hungary and Spain". Ethnic and Racial Studies. 40:10; DOI:10.1080/01419870.2016.1213402

Messing, V. (2015) Policy puzzles with the employment of Roma. In Miroslav Beblavy (eds) Green, Pink or Silver: The Future of Labor in Europe. Brussels: Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), 2015. pp. 174-196

Annabel Tremlett, Vera Messing. 2015. Hungary's future: anti-immigration, anti-multiculturalism and anti-Roma? OPEN DEMOCRACY 2015:(aug. 4)

Messing, Vera (2014)  Apart or together: motivations behind ethnic segregation in education across Europe. In Schiff, Claire and Júlia Szalai (eds) Migrant, Roma and Post-colonial Youth in Education across Europe: Being ‘visibly different’. London: Palgrave, 17–34. (ISBN:978-1-137-30862-7)

Messing, Vera (2014) Methodological puzzles of surveying Roma/Gypsy populations. Ethnicities (ISSN: 1468-7968), 14: (6), 811–829.

Messing, Vera 2008. Good practices addressing school integration of Roma/Gypsy children in Hungary. INTERCULTURAL EDUCATION (ISSN: 1467-5986) 19: (5) pp. 461-473. (2008)

Messing, Vera. 2008. „In white frame” The representation of Roma in the Hungarian press. Frankfurt: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2008. 167 p. ISBN: 978-3-639-03784-5 

Research Projects
  • 2011– European Social Survey (ESS) European Research Infrastructure; lead researcher (Hungary)
  • 2014–2016: „A roma médiakép 1988-2015: állandó és változó diszkurzív stratégiák és reprezentációs rezsimek”, principal investigator (National Research Fund)
  • 2015–16: Media representation of the refugee crisis in the Hungarian and international media. Principal investigator
  • 2015– „Post-communist traditionalism” research group at CSS HAS
  • 2014–2016 ASSESS project on monitoring integration of vulnerable migrants. European Commission project. Principal researcher of the Hungarian team, European Commission DG Justice
  • 2012–14 NEUJOBS Employment 2025: How will multiple transitions affect the European labour market’. A ‘Policy puzzles with Roma employment’ workpackage leader. EU FP7 
  • 2012–14 Multiple discrimination in Hungary. researcher; (National Research Fund)
  • 2010–11 Representation of Roma/Gypsy minority in the Hungarian media. principal investigator
  • 2008–2011 Ethnic Differences in Education and Diverging Prospects for Urban Youth (EDUMIGROM). EU FP7 framework project. ( member of the coordinating team and member of the Hungarian research team
  • 2007–2009 Szegény családok megélhetési stratégiái. Principal investigator. (National Research Fund)
  • 2008–2009 RECWOWE – Network of Excellence, Immigrants and ethnic minorities between labour and welfare. A state-of-the-art research in Hungary and Central Europe (EU FP6)
Work in Progress

Messing, V.; Ábel Bereményi.: Is ethnicity a meaningful category for public policies? Active labour market policies from a Roma perspective: The Hungarian and Spanish cases. The article was submitted and accepted with revision by the Ethnic and Racia Studies.

Messing V.: Differences in the making: consequences of school segregation of Roma. A comparative study of Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. The article will be published in European Education’s Special Issue „Decade of Roma Inclusion”

Messing, V.  and Bernáth G.: Disempowered by the media: lack of media voice of Roma communities. Nationalities, Special Issue: Romaphobia and the Media. Expected publication 2017

Annabel Tremlett, Vera Messing and Angéla Kóczé: Introduction to the Special Issue of Nationalities titled “Romaphobia and the media”. Expected publication 2017

Messing Vera, Ságvári Bence: „Ahogy a ’másokhoz’ viszonyulunk, az tükrözi azt, amilyenek magunk vagyunk”. A magyarországi idegenellenesség okairól. Expected publication. 201