Vera Messing is a research fellow at the Center for Policy Studies since 2008 as well as a research associate of the Institute of Sociology at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 2004. She earned her PhD studies in Budapest, Corvinus University in 2000. She has over 15 years’ of experience in empirical research on ethnicity, minorities, social exclusion, media representation of vulnerable groups and ethnic conflicts. Her work focuses on comparative understanding of different forms and intersections of social inequalities and ethnicity and their consequences. She is specifically interested in policy and civil responses to ethnic diversity in the field of education and labour market. The main focus of her most recent research has been employment and education of minorities in Europe, and Roma of Central Europe in particular. At CPS, she has been involved in the coordination of the FP7 research project EDUMIGROM. She has contributed to the design, the organization of the nine country comparative research, as well as to the drafting of comparative reports. Presently she is a workpackage leader in the FP 7 funded project NEUJOBS. She is leading a comparative empirical and policy research on Roma employment in Bulgaria, HUngary, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. In addition she is a lead researcher of the Hungarian team of the European Social Survey. She recurrently consults domestic civil and governmental institutions on issues of employment and education of vulnerable groups.