Announcement - New Director of Research Appointed at Danube Institute

The Danube Institute is delighted to announce that, with the approval of the Board of Trustees of the Lajos Batthyány Foundation, Dr. Calum T. M. Nicholson has been appointed Director of Research of the Danube Institute as of 1 June.

Dr. Nicholson first came to the Institute as a Fellow in 2021 and quickly established himself here as a wide-ranging and thoughtful social critic and a helpful colleague. When his fellowship ended, he left the Institute to join the Mathias Corvinus Collegium where his most recent position is as Director of the Climate Policy Institute. In addition to his work at both institutions, Dr. Nicholson writes for numerous academic and general interest journals and he has delivered lectures throughout Central Europe and beyond since arriving in Budapest in 2021.

His earlier academic and experience was extensive. Dr. Nicholson read Social Anthropology at Trinity College, University of Cambridge and was awarded an MPhil in Migration Studies from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. He holds a PhD in Human Geography. He has conducted original research that reconsiders how we understand the societal implications of climate change, notably in the context of its relationship to human migration and international development. Most recently, his co-edited volume, Climate Migration: critical perspectives for law, policy, and research, was published by Hart:Bloomsbury.

A former Parliamentary researcher and development consultant, Dr Nicholson teaches well-received courses, at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, on international development, international migration, and the political, cultural, and historical significance of social media.

Dr. Nicholson’s new and former colleagues at the Danube Institute are delighted to welcome him back and look forward to working with him on developing and extending the Institute’s research programs.