Dr. József Hegedüs is a founding member of the Metropolitan Research Institute, a think tank working on urban and housing policy since 1989. József Hegedüs has played an active role as a researcher and consultant in the development of inter- and intra-national housing and urban policy. Between 2004 and 2007, he was a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Research Network on Human Settlements (HS-NET). From 1989 to 2014 he was co-organizer of the Eastern European Working Group of the European Housing Research Network and from 1996 to 2010 he was a member of the Housing Policy Council, a high-level advisory group on housing policy issues in Hungary. Since 1994, he has been a part-time lecturer at Corvinus University of Budapest and has taught courses on urban and municipal finance at ELTE, the Summer University program of Central European University, and the Budapest University of Technology. József Hegedüs’s recent areas of research have focused on the analysis of changes in housing regimes in Eastern Europe, critical analysis of social housing policies, the private rental sector and the affordable housing problem both in Hungary and the region. The number of academic publications on this issue (many of which co-authored with colleagues) exceeds 600.