The Făgăraș Research Institute aims to develop interdisciplinary activities in research, education, and policy analysis. The Summer School will, therefore, bring together people who are passionate about various research and action topics.

The Summer School is designed to create a space for interdisciplinary interactions, in order to facilitate collaboration among researchers, practitioners, students, and people from the local community.

The courses will take place throughout the summer, i.e., from June to August, and will be offered by researchers and practitioners from the Institute’s network.

2020 Făgăraș Summer School

2019 Făgăraș Summer School

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Ana Marica

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Anca Molnoș, Ph.D.

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Andrei Morar

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Daniela Langusi, Ph.D.

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Elizabeth Maloba

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Irina Toma, M.A.

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Laura Ranca, M.A.

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Lev Fejes, Ph.D.

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Maria Chirilă

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Monica Popescu, Ph.D.

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Oana Lup, Ph.D.

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Patrick Mpedzisi

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Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

Ana Marica

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Anca Molnoș, Ph.D.

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Daniela Langusi, Ph.D.

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Elizabeth Maloba

Elizabeth has twenty years’ experience in addressing complex challenges - she works in cross-sectoral, trans-professional, multistakeholder settings to foster collaborative initiatives; and support shifts in strategies, policies, frameworks and business models. Her expertise is drawn from work in International Cooperation, Development Cooperation, and Private Sector. She works in cross-cultural groups, from grassroots levels to global platforms, to support development of leadership, teams, policies, strategies, plans, and models that contribute to transformation. She works with various staff levels – from entry level to director level – in either individual or group sessions, in both face-to-face and virtual settings. She is passionate about small businesses and draws from lessons in her journey as an entrepreneur to support founders and leaders in growth stage businesses along their journey. She brings skills in capacity building, knowledge management, facilitation, conflict resolution and management to diverse assignments. She has experience across sectors – Agriculture, Health, Financial Services, Retail and Hospitality – and has worked with organisations such as GIZ, UN Women, IFAD, Syngenta, African Heritage, Fila East Africa, Procasur, Nature Kenya, IREN, IHPMR, Ipsos-Synovate, Save the Children, Strathmore Business School to name a few. She holds a number of certificates in corporate governance, leadership, consulting, conflict management, e-learning and business coaching, and a postgraduate diploma in financial management. She lives in Nairobi, works across the World, and speaks English, Swahili, German and French.
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Irina Toma, M.A.

Irina Toma is associate consultant with Highclere Consulting (Brașov), where she is working on Horizon 2020 research projects and public policy analysis. She has an MA in Environmental Management and Policy from Utrecht University and over seven years experience working with several NGOs in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She worked in reporting sustainablity indicators for Global Reporting Initiative. With Fairfood International Irina conducted the research component for several advocacy campaigns for increasing the sustanability of supply chains and the revienues of agricultural workers and small farmers from Philipines, Central America and Madagascar. She returned to contribute to innovation and best practice transfer and for finding adequate strategies for agricultural and regional development. Currently Irina is developing her partnerships and projects through being part of the FRI network and building her consultancy website www.EPMsustainability.eu.
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NGO and research reports

Fairfood International - Paradise Lost: The bitter reality behind working in the Philippine Pineapple Industry (2013) Fair Trade Advocacy Office – Competition Law Exemptions & Sector Sustain. Agreements (Mar 2016) Alliance Environnement (on behalf of European Commission DG AGRI) - Evaluation of the impact of the CAP on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions – case study report for Romania (Dec 2017) Highclere Consulting - AGRILINK D2.2- The role of advisory services in farmers’ decision making for innovation uptake. Insights from case studies in ROMANIA Highclere Consulting - SALSA D6.1 - Report on enabling conditions and existing policy instruments that are to, directly or indirectly, promote the development of small farms and a corresponding tailoring of international cooperation and agricultural research for development Highclere Consulting - SALSA D6.2 - Strategic framework for guiding decision-makers in the choice of appropriate support instruments (including the related evaluation and learning arrangements)

Academic and media publications

ARC 2020 - Digitization in Romanian Agriculture – Three Appropriate Solutions (03/2019) Global Food Security - "Small-scale farming and food security – policy perspectives from Eastern Europe" (Pending Review) (09/2019) Global Food Security - "Supporting the role of small farms in the European regional food systems: What role for the science-policy interface?" (Pending review) (09/2019)

Laura Ranca, M.A.

Drd. Laura Ranca is a project coordinator with Tactical Tech’s Exposing the Invisible project. Before joining Tactical Tech in January 2018, she worked for two years as a program specialist with the investigative journalism portfolio of the Independent Journalism Program at Open Society Foundation in London. Prior to that, she was a reporter and researcher with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and with RISE Project – a community of investigative journalists, developers and activists in Romania. At RISE, among others, she coordinated the development of Visual Investigative Scenarios (VIS), a data visualization platform, which assists investigative journalists, activists and researchers in mapping complex organised crime networks. Earlier on, Laura also worked as a public information officer with the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and as a program coordinator and reporter with the Center for Media, Data and Society at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Lev Fejes, Ph.D.

Lev holds a doctorate in criminal justice of the School of Criminal Justice within Michigan State University (MSU) and an MA in Nonprofit Organization Management from Babeș-Bolyai University. As the Head of Research at the Association for Community Relations he is responsible for coordinating the organization’s research efforts related to philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. An enthusiast of research methods, he utilizes his research experience developed at the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) in designing and implementing studies aimed at furthering the understanding of philanthropic behavior in Romania and at informing decisions with regards to the development needs of Romanian NGOs. His area of expertise includes anti-counterfeiting strategies, consumer behavior, corporate social responsibility, philanthropy and public policy. His main academic research interests relate to criminology, specifically product counterfeiting, cue utilization by consumers and law enforcement in the detection of counterfeit products, and the harmful effects of product counterfeiting on the global economy and public health. He is also interested in more applied research on the topics of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy and is passionate about turning the world into a better place for each and all. Contact: lev@arcromania.ro
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Maria Chirilă

Ana-Maria is Assistant Manager at the Făgăraș Research Institute. Also, she is a student at the Department for Biotechnical Systems Engineering, Faculty for Environmental Protection, University of Oradea. Ana-Maria considers that community engagement is an important part of one’s lifestyle, therefore, she is supporting the activity of the Țara Făgărașului Community Foundation and is a member of Carpati.org. Ana-Maria believes that what others do, and their actions, influence us all, therefore it is important that we create and collaborate, as we are sharing life experiences every day. Ana-Maria is passionate about exploring new places and sports, such as endurance biking, swimming, hiking, and gastronomy.

Monica Popescu, Ph.D.

Dr. Monica Popescu is Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of African Literatures at McGill University. She is the author of South African Literature Beyond the Cold War (which won the 2012 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities) and The Politics of Violence in Post-Communist Films, and co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing on Alternative Solidarities: Black Diasporas and Cultural Alliances during the Cold War. She has published articles on postapartheid literature, African culture and the Cold War, postcommunist cultures and nationalism which have appeared in journals like Studies in the Novel, Research in African Literatures, Current Writing, and The Yale Journal of Criticism. She is currently completing a book manuscript on “Postcolonial Cultures, African Literatures, and the Cold War.”
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Oana Lup, Ph.D.

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Patrick Mpedzisi

Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

Dr. Ștefan Cibian is a member of the Board and the executive director of the Făgăraș Research Institute. Stefan is an Academy Associate with Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs, he is also teaching courses related to international development at Babeș-Bolyai University and manages Cibian Consulting S.R.L. In what concerns teaching and research, Stefan is focused on development and statehood in Sub-Saharan Africa, development policy, development assistance, international organizations, migration, and human rights. Stefan’s core interest in research is focused on international development, community development, Africa-EU relations, development policy, international relations theory, peacebuilding and fragile states, the link between research, policy, and practice, higher education policy and global affairs, including the EU. In terms of geographic focus, Stefan is primarily concerned with Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union, and transatlantic relations. In his consulting and civil society work, Stefan is focusing on civil society development in CEE, contributing to the development of civil society organizations. Stefan is the President of FOND, the Romanian NGDO Platform, the Treasurer of CONCORD – the European NGO Confederation for Humanitarian Aid and Development. He is also a board member for the following organizations: ARCADIA – The Romanian Association for International Cooperation and Development, Țara Făgărașului Community Foundation (FCTF), UiPath Foundation, and the Foundation for Youth Involvement (FIT). Stefan received his Ph.D. degree in political science and international relations (2012) as well as his M.A. in public policy (2006) from CEU – the Central European University. He also holds a BA in political science (2004, from Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and in law (2005, 1st of December 2019 University, Alba Iulia, Romania).
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