Gusztáv Nemes graduated from the Eötvös Loránd University in sociology and in media studies. He received an MSc Degree from England, the University of Newcastle in the field of Rural Resources and Countryside Management. He holds a PhD from England, University of Newcastle, Centre for the Rural Economy and he currently works for the Institute of Economy at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as a research fellow. His main field of interest is rural development, and he usually deals with EU rural, agricultural and environmental policies, with special regard to their implementation and institutional aspects. During the last two years he was doing research on the EU LEADER Programme in Spain, supported by the Marie Curie Foundation. During the following two years he plans to apply his knowledge on integrated rural development for the Central and Eastern European circumstances. One of the main objectives is to work out a participative methodology for the qualitative evaluation of local development. Besides research he frequently does consultancy work for various Hungarian and European organisations. He speaks and writes in Hungarian, English and Spanish.