József Slezák

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József is a sustainable development professional with focus on evidence-based policy development in the Pan-European region pertinent to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 12 “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns” (SDG 12). 

In his PhD research, he focuses on the policies of the European Union (EU) aimed at reducing the unintended environmental and social consequences of household consumption, particularly in the areas of life that cause the bulk of environmental pressures: 'nutrition', 'housing' and 'personal mobility'.

The central aim of his dissertation research is to characterize the policy paradigms of the EU with respect to the promotion of sustainable household consumption, both in diachronic and synchronic perspectives, as well as to provide explanations concerning why major policy change has happened (or has not happened) in this area since 1992 and the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.


At present
PhD candidate, Central European University, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Budapest, Hungary & Vienna, Austria

2012-2019 (part time, project-based activities)
Independent policy consultant with focus on the topic of 'Sustainable Consumption and Production in a Globalized World', Zürich, Switzerland & Budapest, Hungary

2003 – 2011
In various research-related and managerial positions addressing the topics of Integrated Resource and Waste Management, the Energy Transition and Sustainable Consumption and Production, he used to work for the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, in Szentendre, Hungary

1998 – 2003
Used to work as a production support engineer in the chemical-pharmaceutical sector, in Budapest, Hungary.


József is married and the father of two children: Anna (born in 2013) and Edina (born in 2016).

Since July 2012 he is the co-leader of the Moussonstr. 17 Student-house (a public chairty organization), in Zürich, Switzerland.


BSc Eng (specialized in the Food Industry), College of Food Industry, University of Szeged, Hungary
MSc Inf.Eng (specialized in Systems Engineering), Institute for Information Engineering, University of Miskolc, Hungary
MSc Econ (specialized degree in Engineering Economics, with major in Environmental Management), Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Interdisciplinary Environmental Analysis Postgraduate Specialization Certificate, Közép-európai Egyetem, Budapest, Hungary