Ferenc Miszlivetz is the founder and director of the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg and a Jean Monnet professor. His research interests include democracy, civil society, regional and European Studies, globalization and sustainability. He is scientific advisor at the Institute for Political Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Science. He has taught and carried out research at various universities in Europe and the United States. He is a permanent professor at the University of Bologna. In 2012, he was a Deák Visiting Professor at Columbia University in New York. He is also the founder and director of the board of the Institute for Social and European Studies Foundation (a Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence) and holds a UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability in Kőszeg. Since 2012 he serves as the president of the Social Sciences unit of the Hungarian UNESCO Committee. He was recently appointed as a university professor at the University of Pannonia.