Gabor Petri is postdoctoral researcher at the CEU Democracy Institute. He received his PhD at the University of Kent, Tizard Centre in 2019, where his research explored the position of self-advocates in the learning disability and autism advocacy movement.
Gabor has over 20 years of experience in the disability field. He has held various positions at disability rights organisations both in Hungary and in the EU. He was director of the Hungarian Autistic Society (2006-2010), where he led the work on the first Hungarian National Autism Strategy. Gabor worked as human rights officer at Mental Health Europe (2011-2014). He was member of the Board of Directors of the European Disability Forum from 2013 to 2022, representing Mental Health Europe.
Gabor’s research interests include post-socialist disability policies, the disabled people’s movement, disability human rights, mental health policies, the use of EU Structural Funds, and community-based services.