Balazs Szent-Ivanyi is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Aston University, which he joined in 2014. Previously, he worked at the Hungarian Investment and Trade Development Agency, and joined Corvinus University Budapest’s Department of World Economy in 2007. He is a visiting faculty member at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bologna, and has also taught at the ICN Business School in Nancy, and the University of Minho in Portugal. Between 2012 and 2013, he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Leeds.
Balazs’s main research interest is the political economy of foreign aid, with a particular focus on how foreign aid decisions are made in the emerging East Central European donor countries. He has advised the World Bank on its approach towards these new donors, as well as the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also worked together with Hungarian and UK-based NGOs on development policy advocacy and development education. Balazs’s other research interests include democratization and the relationship between states and multinational corporations.