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 am a political economist with a keen interest in foreign aid. Most of my research examines various aspects of how donor countries make decisions regarding their foreign aid, and how these decisions impact aid effectiveness. Much of this research has focused on emerging donors of aid, especially the Central and Eastern EU member states, but I have also worked on topics linked to the EU’s and the UK’s foreign aid policy. I am also interested in global production and foreign direct investments, especially focusing on issues like national competitiveness, the developmental impacts of integration in global value chains, and how states interact with multinational companies. 

I completed my PhD at the Institute of World Economy at Corvinus University Budapest in 2010, and I also worked there after graduating. I was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Leeds between 2012 and 2013, as a visiting faculty member at the School of Political Science at the University of Bologna between 2013 and 2015. I joined Aston University as a lecturer in 2014.

Contact Details

Room: NW817
Phone:  0121 204 3299
Email:  b.szent-ivanyi@aston.ac.uk 
Office Hours:  Weds 2-4pm and Thurs 1-3pm

Teaching Activity

Undergraduate Modules

  • LP3040 Politics of Development

Postgraduate Modules 

  • LPM036 International Political Economy


  • PhD (Corvinus University Budapest)
  • Combined BA & MA in Economics and International Relations (Budapest University of Economic Sciences)

Research Interests

  • Foreign aid policies in emerging donors 
  • European development NGOs and advocacy 
  • Multinational companies and the state

Funding Applications and Awards

  • National Excellence Fellowship (Hungary), 2014. 
  • International Development Policies of the New Member States. EU FP7 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, 2012-13. 
  • Assessment of existing practices in capacity building and experience sharing for new donors. The World Bank, 2012.

PhD Supervision

Balazs is interested in supervising PhDs on the following topics:

  • International development and foreign aid 
  • The political economy of multinational companies and foreign direct investment
  • Political economy in Central and Eastern Europe

Administrative Roles

Head of Politics and International Relations

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Research Output 2007 2019

Refugees, not economic migrants: Why do asylum seekers register in Hungary?

Tetenyi, A., Barczikay, T. & Szent-Iványi, B., 1 Oct 2019, In : International Migration. 57, 5, p. 323-340 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
asylum seeker
Open Access
bilateral relations
Czech Republic

Review of Tomáš Profant, New Donors on the Postcolonial Crossroads. Eastern Europe and Western Aid

Szent-Iványi, B., 18 Dec 2019, In : Europe-Asia Studies. 71, 10, p. 1766-1768

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Small donors in world politics: The role of trust funds in the foreign aid policies of Central and Eastern European donors

Szent-Iványi, B., Reinsberg, B. & Lightfoot, S., 1 Jul 2019, In : European Journal of Development Research. 31, 3, p. 663–683 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
aid policy
world politics
EU member state

The EU’s International Development Policy

Szent-Iványi, B., 1 Mar 2019, Regional and Bilateral Relations of the European Union. Galik, Z. & Molnar, A. (eds.). Budapest, p. 255-278

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access
Development policy
International development
Developed countries
Developing countries