Dr Léna Pellandini-Simányi

Assistant Professor

Léna Pellandini-Simányi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communication. Her first degree was in Economics. She obtained her PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009. Prior to joining the Department of Media and Communication, Léna taught research methods and cultural theory at the LSE and worked at the Young Foundation, London. Dr Pellandini-Simányi’s main interests are in economic sociology, in particular in the sociology of consumption and the sociology of markets, and in the sociology of ethics.

Léna’s book Consumption Norms and Everyday Ethics was published in 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan. She is principal investigator of the  research ‘Mortgage, Rationality and Visions of Future”, funded by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund, which looks at the the making of the mortgage market in Hungary. From 2015 she holds the Hungarian Academy of Science’s Bolyai János research scholarship for a comparative project on the financial consumer subjects of post-crisis consumer protection in mortgage regulation in the UK, Switzerland and Hungary.

E-mail: simanyi.lena@btk.elte.hu

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Member of the CHARISMA (Consumer Market Studies) Network (2015- to date)

Organizer of the Culture/Society workshop series at ELTE (2009- to date)

Member of the working group ‘New Researchers on Varieties of Capitalism and Socio-economic Change in Central and Eastern Europe’ (2006- to date)

Member of the NYLON research network   (2006-2008)

Member of the organizing committee of the LSE Sociology Conference at Cumberland Lodge (2008)

Co-organizer of the Economic Sociology Seminar series at the LSE (2007)

Member of the editorial board of the social science quarterly Replika (www.replika.hu) (2005-2010)

Areas of Teaching/ Courses Taught

 Cultural theory (MA)

Research methods (PhD) / Media Research Methods (MA) / Critical Reading of Statistical Data (BA)

Fieldwork and analysis (MA)

Politics of representation (BA)

Economics (MA)


Areas of Supervision

 Consumer culture

Sociology of finance

Ethics and everyday life



(2014): Consumption Norms and Everyday Ethics. New York; Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan. More

(Reviewed in Consumption, Markets and Culture by Tomas Aritzia , in Sociology by Daniel Welch and on the Material World blog by Daniel Miller )


Refereed journal articles


Léna Pellandini-Simányi (2016): Non-marketizing agents in the study of markets: competing legacies of performativity and actor-network-theory in the marketization research program, Journal of Cultural Economy, 9 (6), 570-586.

Léna Pellandini-Simányi (2016): Everyday consumption norms as discourses of the good life in pre-socialist and socialist Hungary. Journal of Consumer Culture. 16 (3), 699-717.

Léna Pellandini-Simányi (2015): How do friends manage income differences? The role of lay concepts of justice in the erosion of income-bridging friendships and social segregation. Sociology. (Published online before print August 17, 2015,) More

Léna Pellandini-Simányi, Ferenc Hammer and Zsuzsanna Vargha (2015): The Financialization of Everyday Life or the Domestication of Finance? How Mortgages Engage With Borrowers’ Temporal Horizons, Relationships, and Rationality in Hungary. Cultural Studies, 59 (5-6):733-759

Léna Pellandini-Simányi (2014): Bourdieu, Ethics and Symbolic Capital. Sociological Review. 62 (4), 651-674

Hofmeister-Tóth  Ágnes and Léna Simányi (2006) : Cultural values in Hungary. Society and Economy. 28 (1), 41-59.

Hofmeister-Tóth and Léna Simányi (2005): Kulturakozi osszehasonlito vizsgalat a becsuletessegrol (Cross-cultural Comparative Study on Honesty) Vezetéstudomány. (Management Review). 36 (10), 17-24.

Lena Simányi (2004): Miért fogyasztanak többet a posztmaterialisták, mint a materialisták? (Why Do Postmaterialists Consume More than Materialists?) Vezetéstudomány. (Management Review) 35, 16-23.

See full-text at my Academia.edu and at Researchgate sites.

Book chapters

Lena Pellandini-Simányi, L. (2014) Hogyan kezelik a barátok az anyagi különbségeket? Emlékkerti kőoroszlán. Orbán K. and Gács A. eds.., Budapest: Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, 43-54.

Tamas Dombos and Pellandini-Simanyi Lena (2012): Workers, Citizens and Consumers: the Construction of Political Subjects during Socialism and Capitalism in Hungary. Unwrapping Communism. P. Bren and M. Neuberger, eds. Oxford, Oxford University Press.


Non refereed journal articles

Lena Pellandini-Simanyi (2012): Szabadúszás vagy szabadesés? Rugalmas munka és női esélyegyenlőség a kreatív iparágakban. (Freelance or Free Fall? Flexible Work and Gender in the Creative Industries). Café Bábel. 21 (66), 37-44.

Lena Pellandini-Simanyi (2009): “Jaj, mama, minek őrzöd ezt a sok kacatot?” A berendezési tárgyakhoz kötődő értékrezsimek változásai (“O Mum, Why Do You Hang on to that Junk?” Changing Value Regimes of Home Decoration.) Replika. 62, 197-227

Lena Simanyi (2007): Plázakultúra (Shopping Mall Culture). Tudatos Vásárló Magazin. (Conscious Consumer Journal). 10, 24-25.

Lena Simanyi (2005): Bevezetés a fogyasztói társadalom elméletébe. (Introduction to the Theory of Consumer Society). Replika. 51-52, 165-195.


Conference Papers and Presentations

Pellandini-Simányi, L. (2015) The Consumer Who Wasn’t There: How Home Mortgages Configured Higher Energy Consumption. Invited presentation at the  Beyond Practices: Sustainable Consumption and Socio-technical Systems Workshop. University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 25-26th June, 2015

Pellandini-Simányi L., Hammer, F. és Vargha Zs. (2015) Domesticating Finance: Patterns of Inequality in Living with Home Mortgages in Hungary.  27th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Domesticizing Financial Economies, Part 2 session, 2-4 July, 2015, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

Pellandini-Simányi, L., Vargha, Zs. és Hammer, F. (2015) The Cartography of Forex Lending: Westernizing the Future in the Hungarian Mortgage Market. 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics,Uncertain Futures in Economic Decision Making session,  2-4 July, 2015, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

Pellandini-Simányi, L., Vargha, Zs. és Hammer, F. (2015) Predicting and performing financial futures through geographical classifications: How the narrative of Westernization of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) contributed to the mortgage market boom in Hungary, 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association 25th – 28th August, Prague, Czech Republic

Pellandini-Simányi, L., Vargha, Zs. and Hammer, F. (2015) Financialization of everyday life or domestication of finance? Mortgages in borrowers’ temporalities, relationships and rationalities. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Social Economies of Households Economic Sociology Section Session, 22-25 August. 2015, Chicago, USA.

Pellandini-Simányi, L., Vargha, Zs. and Hammer, F. (2015) Performation struggles in the making of the Hungarian forex mortgage market. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Economic Sociology Roundtable Session, 22-25 August. 2015, Chicago, USA.

Lena Pellandini-Simanyi (2014): Performation struggles and the making of the Hungarian mortgage market. Economic Geography Research Colloquium, University of Zurich, 1 November, 2014.

Lena Pellandini-Simanyi and Zsuzsanna Vargha (2014): Market drift or side-markets? Organizing the mortgage market in post-socialist Hungary from birth to crisis, SCORE International Conference on Organizing Markets, 16-17 October, Stockholm, Sweden

Lena Pellandini-Simanyi and Ferenc Hammer (2014): Performing irrational consumers? Consuming and regulating mortgage in postsocialist Hungary,ESA Consumption Research Network midterm conference, 3-5 September, Porto, Portugal

Lena Pellandini-Simanyi, Ferenc Hammer and Zsuzsanna Vargha (2014): Everyday economic projections and the foreign currency mortgage crisis in Hungary, Consumption and Economic Crises workshop, Moscow, Russia

Lena Pellandini-Simanyi (2009): Consumption and Cosmologies of Practical Ethics. World Art Postgraduate Symposium “Beliefs, Concepts and Things: Materiality & the Immaterial”, 16 May, University of East Anglia, UK.

Lena Pellandini-Simanyi (2009): Shifting meanings, evolving practices. Thinking About ‘Things’: Interdisciplinary Futures in Material Culture, 5-7. May UCD, Dublin, Ireland.

Lena Pellandini-Simanyi (2007): Competing ideas of entitlement and social hierarchy in Hungary. Colloquium of the Working Group ‘New Researchers on Varieties of Capitalism and Socio-economic Change in Central and Eastern Europe’, 5-6 October, LSE, London, UK.

Lena Pellandini-Simanyi (2007): Consumer Culture of Contradictions. Inter-University Graduate Conference, 19 May, LSE, London, UK.

Lena Pellandini-Simanyi (2007): Moralities of Consumption: Negotiating ideas of good life in relationships. Lancaster Sociology Summer Conference, 6-8 July Lancaster, UK.

Lena Pellandini-Simanyi (2007): Ethics and moralities of consumption. NYLON research network annual conference, 8-9 March, Sommerset.

Lena Pellandini-Simanyi (2007): Validity and Reliability in Social Sciences. LSE Cumberland Lodge Conference, 23-25 Januray, Cumberland Lodge, UK.

Download full CV and publication list  here.


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