Eszter Palvolgyi-Polyak earned her BA diploma at the Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Loránd University, with a major in Oriental Cultures and Languages, Chinese Studies. During her university years, she was a member of Saint Ignatius College for Advanced Studies, where besides engaging in interdisciplinary studies, she participated in the organization of a conference on Chinese-Hungarian relations. In the 2013-2014 academic year, Eszter received the Confucius Institute Scholarship for a one-year Chinese language training program at Hangzhou Normal University, Zhejiang. She continued her Master’s studies at the joint East Asian Studies program of Pázmány Péter Catholic University and Corvinus University of Budapest, and at the International Relations MA program at Central European University. She participated in the Comparative Populism Research Group at CEU as a research assistant.
Eszter has been working as a Junior Analyst at the Research Institute of Pallas Athene Innovation and Geopolitical Foundation since March 2015. Her research interests primarily lies in the relations of China and developing countries, the principles and institutional structure of South-South relations, furthermore include China-Central Europe relations, modern economic and social inequalities in East Asian countries, and soft power in the theories of International Relations.