Zsófia Hacsek was born in Budapest and moved to Vienna in 2010. She studied Social and Cultural Anthropology (BA, MA) and International Development (BA) at the University of Vienna. During her studies, she became familiar with qualitative methods and historical/archive research, writing her Master’s thesis about the beginning of Hungarian ethnology and presenting her results at conferences on Historical Anthropology.
She has been involved in many university-related activities. In 2014, she hosted a German student for Ethnosymposium and later she volunteered at the International Bicentenary Conference on the Congress of Vienna. Since 2015, she supports programmes and projects that help asylum seekers in Austria and mediate between people of different backgrounds. She worked as a summer camp counsellor for Caritas Austria and was chosen as the project manager to the student initiative More Than Flight at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, apart from several civil volunteering activities. She also works as a freelance journalist for a Hungarian cultural journal.
Zsófia joined the RAUN programme in 2017. Her team worked on the topic of ‘The Impact of Social Media on the Smuggling of Migrants’ and was awarded as the Best Research Paper of the Year in its category. Due to the unforgettable experience and the lovely memories she collected with RAUN, Zsófia decided to stay close to the programme and help with the coordination of the Hungarian team.
From April 2018, she is a Research Assistant at the Coventry University.