Márta Fülöp

International scientific advisory board

Prof. Márta Fülöp obtained her MA in psychology in 1980 at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary and in 1995 her Ph.D. degree at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS). She has a clinical psychologist (1998) and a psychotherapist  (2001) postgraduate degree as well.
She has extensive international experience. She was research fellow of the Japan Foundation in Sendai, Japan  in 1996-1997, Lindzey Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, USA in 1997-1998, visiting professor in Kansai University, Osaka, Japan in 2004, guest professor in the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China in 2013.
She had been involved in about 20 research projects both nationally and internationally funded by among others the Johann Jacobs Foundation (Switzerland), the British Council, the British Academy, the International Visegrad Fund etc.
She was Deputy Secretary General of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology between 2008-2012.
She was plenary speaker in several international conferences, including the conference of the Japanese Psychological Association in Osaka, in 2004 and the 30th International Congress of Psychology, in 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. She is going to be a plenary speaker in 2014 at the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology in  Paris, France, the 23rd Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, Shanghai·China and the 14th congress of the European Council of High Ability in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Prof. Márta Fülöp is Scientific Director and Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and is Head of  the Comparative Cultural Psychology Department. She is also a professor of social psychology in the Faculty of Psychology and Education, Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest (ELTE).
She is the chair of the Sub-committee of Social and Economic Sciences and Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
She is member of the executive committee of the Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe SOCRATES Academic Network, represents Europe in the Executive Committee of the International Association of Cross Cultural Psychology, she is Research and Publication Officer of the Children’s Identity and Citizenship: European Association and European regional representative in the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development.

Her main research field is the psychology of competition. She has done extensive research on attitudes towards competition and social change, the psychology of winning and losing, perceptions of economic competition, competition and cooperation in the classroom and cooperative and constructive competition, most of these in cross-cultural perspective as well. Her main research interest is to identify the individual, situational, social and cultural determinants of constructive and destructive competition. She has done comparative studies in Japan, China, USA, Canada, UK, France, Slovenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey etc.

While being a full professor at the Faculty of Education and Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, she has had many invitations for guest teaching at Hungarian and international universities, among others the University of San Francisco, USA, Budapest Branch; Department of Psychology for Social Welfare of Tohoku Fukushi University, Sendai, Japan; University of Gdansk, Poland; Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain; University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China.
She is involved in MA and doctoral level education at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary and doctoral level education in the University of Pécs, Hungary. She has been supervisor of altogether 15 completed and defended Ph.D. dissertations, and currently is a supervisor of 5 Ph.D. students.


  1. The social psychology of competition
  2. The psychology of interpersonal relationships
  3. Qualitative research methodology
  4. Research methods in cross-cultural psychology
  5. Educational social psychology


  • Hutchings, M., Fülöp, M., Van Den Dries, A. (ed) (2002) Young People’s  understanding of economic issues in Europe. Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books.
  • Fülöp, M. (2004). Competition as a culturally constructed concept in: C. Baillie; E.Dunn, Y. Zheng (eds.) Travelling Facts. The Social Construction, Distribution, and accumulation of Knowlwdge. Frankfurt / New York Campus Verlag 124-148.
  • Fülöp, M., Ross, A. (2005) (eds.) Growing up in Europe today: Developing identities among adolescents.  Stoke-on-Trent. Trentham Books and Sterling, USA.
  • Fülöp, M., Ross, A., Pergar Kuscer, M., Razdevsek Pucko, C. (2007)  Competition and cooperation in schools. An English, Hungarian and Slovenian comparison. In F.Salili., R.Hoosain (Eds), Research in Multicultural Education and International Perspective, Vol 6: Culture, Motivation and Learning: A Multicultural Perspective. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing. 235-284
  • Fülöp, M. (2008) Educating the cooperative competitive citizen. In: K. Tirri (eds.) Educating moral sensibilities in Urban Schools. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 171-187.
  • Schneider, B., Benenson, J., Fülöp, M., Berkics, M., Sándor, M. (2011) Cooperation and Competition. In: P.K. Smith, C.H. Hart (Eds) The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development. London: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 472-490
  • Fülöp, M., Takács, Sz.  (2013) The cooperative competitive citizen: what does it take? Citizenship, Teaching, Learning, 8, 2, 131-156.
  • Tschombe, T., Nsanmenang, B., Keller, H., Fülöp, M. (2013)  Cross-cultural Psychology Research: An Africa-Centric Approach. Limbe: Design House.