Tessza Udvarhelyi

Tessza Udvarhelyi is a cultural anthropologist and environmental psychologist. She received her PhD at the City University of New York in 2013. Her research interests include housing and homelessness, public spaces and social movements. She is a co-founder of The City is for All, the only homeless-led grassroots homeless advocacy group in Hungary, and the School of Public Life. In 2016, Tessza was selected as the 36th Hungarian Ashoka fellow for her work with Hungarian social movements. Photo credit Béla B. Molnár.


Harassing the Poor: Orbán’s Fight Against the Homeless

Since October 2018, it has been illegal to live in the street in Hungary. Social anthropologist and housing rights activist Tessza Udvarhelyi explains why homeless people are such an easy target for populist politicians, and how the newest measures humiliate those who cannot afford a place to live.

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