Jody Jensen

Jody Jensen is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Political Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is director of international relations at the Institute of Social and European Studies (a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence) which she helped to found. She was
also the national and regional director of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public that supports social entrepreneurs. She teaches frequently abroad and also works for the European Commission. Her areas of research at the IASK are prefigurative and subterranean politics about new social and political movements, particularly in East and Central Europe and the Balkans; looking at the conjunction of the social and natural sciences in the study of complexity as it translates to social phenomenon and change; she is also very interested in the transformation of education and the social sciences in response to global challenges.

Research Plan

Advanced Research on the Global Economy

The systemic flaws in the operation of global markets enables or exacerbates deprivation, food insecurity, capital flight, the exploitation of natural resources, or environmental harms. These crises point to failures of domestic and multilateral governance, to failures of law, regulation and systems of accountability, as well as to the need to interrogate the dominant paradigms that shape the international economic order. This research probes the complexities of the global economy and the implications for human well-being. It moves from the conceptual to the practical and is cross-disciplinary. Main themes include human and economic rights, and social justice.

Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity and Contentiousness

The principle of national self-determination and the political distinction between “us" (nationals) and “them" (foreigners), has been particularly apparent in Europe recently with the influx of refugees and migrants. Cosmopolitanism, on the other hand, tries to build a different kind of identification based on transnational solidarity to bridge the divisions between “us" and “them". The research aims to explore the politics of transnational solidarity, mapping increasing instances of dissent and contention globally, with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Turkey. Critical research and analysis is focused on the changing political landscape in Europe, as a result of the simultaneity of accumulating crises.