Andrej Belák, Mgr., PhD.

medical anthropology & anthropology of biomedicine; health inequalities; health of the Roma; anthropology of power, wilderness, radical environmentalism and romantic love

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6634-0137
tel.: 02-5296 4707, ext. 112

Universität Wien, Fakultät der Grundwissenschaften, Wien (1998-2000)
Charles University, Faculty of Arts; subject field: philosophy, Prague (2000-2003)
Charles University, Faculty of Science, subject field: biology - anthropology and human genetics, Prague (2000-2005)
Charles University, Faculty of Humanities, subject field: general anthropology
University of Groningen, Faculty of Medicine, subject field: “Health Sciences”, Groningen (2014-2019)
Qualifications, scientific and honorary titles obtained: Mgr. (2005), PhD. (2019)
Languages: English, Romany, German
Employed at the Institute since: 2019
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Research projects

TAČR – “Aplikovaný výzkum pro inovace politik v oblasti dostupnosti zdravotní péče u sociálně vyloučené romské populace (ROMZAVIP)”

EC Horizon 2020 – „Shaping European Policies to Promote Health Equity (EURO-HEALTHY)

EC 7thFP – “Evaluating the Impact of Structural Policies on Health Inequalities (SOPHIE)”


Social Epidemiology / Ehnic and migrant health, LF UPJŠ

Sociálne a kultúrne aspekty zdravia, LF UPJŠ

Stays abroad

2014 – CEU Budapest, HUN – Social theory and Romani Studies (Summer School)



BELAK, A.: The health of segregated Roma: first line views and practices, A case study in Slovakia using ethnographic methods. Groningen: University of Groningen, 2019. ISBN13: 978-94-034-1926-8

BELAK, A.: Health-system limitations of Roma health in Slovakia: A qualitative study. Bratislava: WHO Country office in Slovakia, 2013.

Book chapters

BELAK, A.: Segregovaní Rómovia a zdravotné politiky: etické a praktické rozpory. In. T. Podolinská, T. Hrustič (eds.), Čierno-biele svety. Rómovia v majoritnej spoločnosti na Slovensku. Bratislava: Ústav etnológie SAV, VEDA, 2015.

BELAK, A.: Responding to health literacy needs of the Roma in Slovakia. In: Dodson S, Good S, Osborne RH (eds) Health literacy toolkit for lowand middle-income countries: a series of information sheets to empower communities and strengthen health systems. New Delhi, WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia

Academic papers

BELAK, A., Filakovska-Bobakova, D., Geckova-Madarasova, A., van Dijk, J. P., & Reijneveld, S. A. (2019). Why don't healthcare front-liners do more for segregated Roma? Exploring unequal care in Slovakia. Social Science & Medicine [revision under review]

BELAK, A., Madarasova Geckova, A., van Dijk, J. P., & Reijneveld, S. A. (2019). What Roma nonadherence is likely and what drives it? Reply to Broz and Nunes. International Journal of Public Health, 64(5)

BELAK, A., Madarasova Geckova, A., van Dijk, J. P., & Reijneveld, S. A. (2019). “Do my Roma and non-Roma patients need different care?” A brief step-by-step guideline for clinical practitioners. International Journal of Public Health, 64(7)

BELAK, A., & Filakovska Bobakova, D. (2018). Slovak approach to improvement of the national health-promotion interventions for segregated Roma. European Journal of Public Health, 28(suppl_4)

BELAK, A., Madarasova Geckova, A., van Dijk, J. P., & Reijneveld, S. A. (2018). Why don’t segregated Roma do more for their health? An explanatory framework from an ethnographic study in Slovakia. International Journal of Public Health, 63(9)

BELAK, A., Veselska, Z. D., Geckova, A. M., Dijk, J. P. v., & Reijneveld, S. A. (2017). How Well Do Health-Mediation Programs Address the Determinants of the Poor Health Status of Roma? A Longitudinal Case Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(12)

BELAK, A., Geckova, A. M., van Dijk, J. P., & Reijneveld, S. A. (2017). Health-endangering everyday settings and practices in a rural segregated Roma settlement in Slovakia: A descriptive summary from an exploratory longitudinal case study. BMC Public Health, 17(1)

Kolarcik, P., BELAK, A., & Osborne, R. (2015). The Ophelia (OPtimise HEalth LIteracy and Access) Process: Using health literacy alongside grounded and participatory approaches to develop interventions in partnership with marginalized populations. The European Health Psychologist, 17(6)

BELAK, A. (2015). Medicina v segregovanej romskej osade: Priklad z juhu stredneho Slovenska [Medicine in a segregated Romani settlement: An exapmple from South-Central Slovakia]. Romano Džaniben, 22(1)

BELAK, A. (2014). Segregated Roma and health-care system professionals in Slovakia: A comparison of perspectives on Roma health. The European Journal of Public Health, 24(suppl 2)