Dániel Kovarek holds a BA from Corvinus University of Budapest and an MA from CEU, and is also a graduate of the Sociology Track of Széchenyi István College for Advanced Studies, a constituent college of Corvinus.
After graduating from CEU with a Certificate in Political Research Methodology and Social Analysis, he started working for Republikon Institute, a Budapest-based think tank. As a Research Fellow, his tasks were mainly related to public opinion polling: he was entrusted with data management and analysis of nation-wide representative samples, as well as developing various approaches for measuring politicians’ approval ratings. Before starting his doctoral studies, he returned to CEU as a full-time Research Assistant for the CUPESSE (Cultural Pathways to Economic Self-Sufficiency and Entrepreneurship) project, in which he relied on qualitative data from interviews to scrutinize inter-generational value transmission in Hungary.
Daniel has extensive experience in qualitative data collection techniques, having conducted over five dozen in-depth interviews with MPs, local political actors, minorities, far-right politicians, as well as young and elderly members of middle-class families in the last couple of years. He also has first-hand experience in experimental methods (both in the lab and on the field), in focus group research, survey methodology (as interviewer and designer of PAPI and CAWI questionnaires alike); in Hungarian, he also published multiple papers employing quantitative text analysis.
His current research interest mainly lies in political behavior and party politics; more specifically, he is intrigued by spatial aspects of electoral phenomena and various approaches for measuring parties' ideological and issue positions. In collaborative projects, he works on career patterns and political performance of prime ministers in Hungary; on measuring and comparing work values and work ethics across countries via invariance analysis; as well as intergenerational transmission of values and resources in Hungarian families. He is also the leader of the Executive Approval Project’s Hungarian Country Team, in which role he coordinates data collection efforts that expand EAP’s database on public support for political executives.