Robert Csák - Research Analyst

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Robert is a research analyst with the Public Health and Social Policy team, he conducts original research and analysis to track developments in harm reduction and ensure people who use drugs have the health and social services they need.

Robert’s research has been focused on substance use in rural and marginalised communities. Robert holds a master’s degree in Sociology from the Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary) and a PhD in Health Science from the Semmelweis University (Hungary), focused on how structural factors affect the risk taking behaviours of people who use drugs, in the context of the changing injecting drug use scene in Budapest. Robert has completed courses on addiction at the University of Amsterdam and gendered impacts of drug policy at Central European University.

Prior to joining Harm Reduction International, Robert worked for the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction, was a lecturer at the Semmelweis University Faculty of Health Sciences, and did research for the Rights Reporter Foundation on the consequences of decreased coverage of harm reduction services in Belgrade and Budapest.

Robert is a member of the board of the Hungarian Harm Reduction Association, a member of the Research Working Group of the Civil Drugs Council, and a presenter on Hungarian national community radio, Radio Tilos.

Robert has worked in needle exchange programmes, done community outreach, HIV and HCV testing and counselling for over ten years.

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