Professor Iveta Radičová has been a Vice-Chairwoman of the Slovak Christian Democratic Union – Democratic Party (Slovenská demokratická a kresťanská únia – Demokratická Strana, SDKÚ-DS) responsible for social affairs and healthcare, since 2006.
In 2005-2006 she served as Slovakia’s Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family. In 2006–2009 she was deputy at Slovak National Parliament. In 2010–2012 she served as Slovakia´s Prime Minister and also as Minister of Defence (2012)
She ran for the office of Slovak President in popular elections on 21 March 2009 as the common presidential candidate of all three opposition parties in the Slovak Parliament (Slovak Democratic and Christian Union - Democratic Party, The Party of Hungarian Coalition and the Christian Democratic Movement, all members of EPP).
Prof. Radičová has devoted most of her professional career to social and family policies. She received her master’s degree in sociology from Comenius University in Bratislava and her PhD. from the Slovak Academy of Sciences, where in 1979 – 1989 she coordinated the family policy research team. In 1992, she founded the non-profit Social Policy Analysis Centre, which she headed until being appointed Director of the Slovak Academy of Science’s Institute of Sociology in 2005.
Prof. Radičová has published and edited numerous books and studies mapping the transformation of the social-system in Slovakia and other post-socialist countries. She has taught as a visiting professor at universities in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, UK and US. As an expert, she has advised various government bodies on social and family policies, participated in the approximation of European legislation in the area of employment and social affairs before Slovakia’s accession to the EU and also carried out studies for the World Bank on poverty. She continues to act as an expert in European projects focusing on the coordination of social security systems and exchanging information about Member State’s social policies (MISSOC, TRESS).
Information on Professor Radicova’s schedule during her Spring Term 2013 stay in Oxford can be found here