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 Sustainable Development Goal 12 “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns” (SDG 12). 

In his PhD research, József focuses on the policies of the European Union (EU) and its Member States (MSs) 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 overall aim of his dissertation research is to explore, in pragmatist-social constructivist approach, to what extent the accordant public policy frameworks of the EU and its MSs represent an integrated, systemic approach to managing the contemporary challenges of household consumption form the ecological, social, economic and cultural points of view, as well as subsequently, to formulate relevant policy recommendations.


Since September 2019
Probationary doctoral 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 Resources 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 an engineer in the chemical-pharmaceutical sector, in Budapest, Hungary.


József is a fathter of two children: Anna (born in 2013) and Edina (born in 2016).

Between July 2012 and December 2019 József used to serve as the co-leader of the Moussonstr. 17 Student-house (a public benefit organization), in Zürich, Switzerland. Since January 2020 he is in an advisory position at this same organization.


BSc Eng (spc. in the Food Industry), College of Food Industry, Universtiy of Szeged, Hungary
MSc Inf.Eng (spc. in Systems Engineering), Institute for Information Engineering, University of Miskolc, Hungary
MSc Econ (specialised degree in Engineering Economics, with major in Environmental Management), Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary