Csaba Pusztai

UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Csaba Pusztai
    Pacifico-Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, 220-8502 Yokohama
    +81 (0)45 221-2300


    PhD, Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University

    Biographical Statement

    Csaba Pusztai, a Hungarian national, earned his PhD in Environmental Sciences and Policy from the Central European University (CEU) in Hungary. His thesis focused on organizational factors of developing capacity for governing urban sustainability at the level of local governments (cities). Using a sample of 161 Hungarian municipal departments, the study looked at how learning about complex, interconnected policy issues was influenced by the municipal organizational structure, organizational culture and knowledge sharing patterns within and across the boundaries of local authorities.

    Building on his research experience, Pusztai seeks to explore, in the Sustainable Urban Futures programme at UNU-IAS,

    • what constitutes innovative behavior in terms of pro-environmental policies in local governments (cities),
    • how these innovations can be identified and measured empirically and
    • what major factors drive or hinder them in practice.

    In his endeavor Pusztai seeks to devote special attention to ‘relational’ (network) aspects of innovations in local government, namely interaction patterns (communication, knowledge sharing, and collaboration) among agencies and their various stakeholders and also to ‘soft’ organizational variables including culture and leadership.

    Pusztai has a Master’s Degree in Business Economics and a Bachelor’s in Economics and American Studies. He has 15 years of teaching experience in economics and business at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Hungarian tertiary education and also in executive education at the KPMG Academy in Budapest. His academic interests include policy learning and innovation in government, networks in policy and public administration, complexity and systems science, and leadership research.