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Fazekas Mihály

University of Cambridge

Mihály  Fazekas  completed  his  PhD  at  the  University  of  Cambridge  in  2014  looking  at  high-level corruption,  state  capture,  and  state  capacity  in  Central-  and  Eastern  Europe.  Now,  he  works  at  the University  of  Cambridge  as  a  post-doctoral  research  fellow  as  the  scientific coordinator  of  the Horizon 2020 funded project DIGIWHIST. This large-scale research project uses a Big Data approach to  measuring  corruption  in  public  procurement  and  to  allowing  citizens  to  hold  governments  to account. He is also taking a leading role in other research projects on corruption such as ANTICORRP; and  directs  a  think-tank, Government  Transparency  Institute,  specializing  in  using  Big  Data  to understand  government  performance.  He  holds  three  master  degrees  in  economics,  public  policy, and teaching. He has experience in both  quantitative and qualitative methods  in diverse fields such as  economics,  public  policy,  and  political  science  acquired  in  numerous  research  projects  across Europe. He has worked for the OECD, World Bank, RAND Europe, Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Hertie  School  of  Governance,  and  Hungarian  Academy  of  Sciences.  His  latest  research  efforts concentrate  on  fair  competition,  transparency,  and  openness  in  public  procurement  markets  with particular  emphasis  on  quantitative  analysis  of  corruption  risks,  bid  rigging,  and  administrative capacity  using  large-scale  administrative  databases.  Together  with  István  János  Tóth,  he  was awarded first prize in a U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre competition for their pioneering work in developing new proxy measures of corruption.