Tessza Udvarhelyi, PhD (research and organizational development) is a long-time activist, educator and the co-founder and director of the School of Public Life.
In 2009, she co-founded The City is for All, the only grassroots housing advocacy group in Hungary. Tessza completed her PhD in environmental psychology at the City University of New York. Her dissertation was about the responses of the state and grassroots movements to the housing crisis in Hungary.
Tessza has a strong background in both formal and non-formal education. She has extensive experience in nonformal and formal education in the fields of intercultural communications and urban studies.
In 2016 Tessza was selected as the 36th Hungarian Ashoka fellow for her work with Hungarian social movements.
Mariann Dósa is an activist and academic dedicated to public knowledge production, co-founder of the School of Public Life.
She completed her PhD in Social Policy at Oxford University where she examined how the present Hungarian welfare system affects the citizenship of social assistance recipients. Besides investigating social marginalization and gender-based discrimination through academic research she is involved in policy assessment and design in these fields.
Mariann has long been involved in the Budapest-based social justice movement. She is the consulting editor and author of the most well read left political blog in Hungary that publishes progressive articles on a wide range of social injustices affecting Hungarian society. In addition, the blog organizes actions to increase public attention to these injustices and protest against them. She has been a member of The City is for All since 2009 and she is founder of the organization’s only-women working group. Mariann regularly teaches in the Hungarian academic sphere and she holds trainings and workshops in non-formal contexts, mostly for the social justice youth community in Budapest and the members of The City is for All.