Mette Risom Olsen

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2016 to 2018
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Public policy essentially interacts with every aspect of our lives. I feel lucky to be in this unique program where we will not only acquire useful theoretical knowledge, but will also have the opportunity to test and improve our policymaking skills out there in the “real world”. In addition, getting the chance to live in two beautiful and exciting cities while being surrounded by fellow students with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences is a real privilege.

For my BA I studied international studies and psychology at Simon Fraser University in Canada. Prior to this, I attended Mahindra United World College in India. Living, studying, and volunteering in a country with stark socioeconomic differences and unequal access to civil rights awakened my research interest in social inequality.

My experiences in these two countries, in addition to a semester in France and a traineeship at the Norwegian Embassy in Estonia, have reinforced my conviction that we need to understand the intricacies of public policy in a global context in order to decrease inequality. I am therefore especially interested in equity-enhancing policies, with a special focus on gender.

If you have any questions about the program, CEU or life in Budapest, please feel free to contact me!

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