Zoltán Elekes holds a PhD in economics from the Doctoral School of Economics, University of Szeged, Hungary since 2018. In his thesis he studied the role of import and multinational enterprises in the economic diversification of microregions. His research area is a combination of evolutionary economic geography and social network analysis. He has published in leading field journals including Regional Studies and European Planning Studies. He is the 2019 recipient of the Excellent Young Regional Scientist Award of the Hungarian Regional Science Association, the Hungarian section of ERSA.
He has been working as a junior research fellow at the Agglomeration and Social Networks Lendület Research Group, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies in Hungary since 2017. He is also affiliated to the Department of Geography, Umeå University, working as a senior research assistant, where he studies the role of co-worker networks in the wage-mobility of low-wage workers in Sweden. He has also gained experience in teaching Micro- and Macroeconomics, Regional Economics, Local Economic Development and Knowledge Networks in Business for undergraduates at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Szeged.