The last two decades tested the resilience of societies around the globe, irrespective of their wealth, geographical location, or political regime. The economic crisis of 2008, ongoing violent conflicts on most continents, the migration crisis of 2015-2016 in Europe, increased levels of  terrorism and cyber-crimes, and, not least, the COVID-19 pandemic, that reduced economic activity and mobility to an extent not encountered to date.

While human societies faced various types of crises throughout history, the ability to respond adequately differs. It is influenced, among others, by advancements in technology, economy, policy, democratization, and civic preparedness. It is also influenced by the increased levels of cooperation at an international level. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 marks an important moment in international cooperation, demonstrating the determination of the global community to end poverty and improve the wellbeing of people in both developed and developing countries by 2030. However, the COVID-19-related crisis is having a deep impact on most SDGs (negative, and sometimes positive) and is putting a pressure on international collaboration and organizations.

The purpose of this program is to research and analyze how various societal characteristics influence the preparedness of societies to successfully face various types of crises. In other words, how societies increase their resilience in order to confront crisis, while not hampering their future development.

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Anca Molnoș, Ph.D.

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Cosmin Iliescu

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Georgi Georgiev

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Ioana Hașu-Georgiev, M.A.

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Irina Toma, M.A.

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Laura Ranca, M.A.

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Laura Vișan, Ph.D.

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Lev Fejes, Ph.D.

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Magdalena Dragan, Ph.D.

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Maria Cucu

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Mihai Ghircoiaș

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Oana Lup, Ph.D.

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Paul Stiniguță

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Silvia Fierăscu, Ph.D.

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Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

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Teodora Capotă, Ph.D.

Anca Molnoș, Ph.D.

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Cosmin Iliescu

Iliescu Cosmin-Alexandru has a strong interest in bridging the gap between STEM and the Humanities, building a better and more complex perspective about the world, economically and politically. His fields of interests range from literature and philosophy to making STEM more accessible through ‘popular science.’ He is using journalism as his main tool to tackle the divers topics in which he is interested and to connect people with topics outside their professional background. Regarding himself as an ‘enthusiastic Jack of all trades,’ he is a volunteer an participant at courses and events of FRI and member of YRC. He is in the final year of his bachelor's degree in Automotive Engineering at Transylvania University of Brașov, Romania. Currently working on his senior thesis “The electric future of the European Automotive Industry,” where he wants to offer a more accessible view for the Romanian public about European Union’s (EU) & European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA)'s future plans regarding the automotive sector, taking into account how the industrial, policy, and R&D sectors advance in the current environmental context. Together with a small team of students and teachers, using a validated model from University of Ghent (Belgium), he managed to create and organize Tomorrow Hub, a co-working hub at the R&D Institute of Transylvania University. The Hub has the purpose to create a common ground through entrepreneurship mindset, for start-up related events and projects, regardless of their thematic background. Having the role of Community Builder, he managed PR campaigns through events that took place in important economic centers of Romania (Bucharest, Iasi, Brasov) and in Belgium (Bruxelles), with the purpose of creating sustainable partnerships. He has a big interest in social entrepreneurship, considering it a very important and accessible tool for bootstrapping economic growth in underdeveloped and shrinking communities. Fellow of ‘Journalist for good deeds’ scholarship offered by Țara Făgărașului Community Foundation, he realized articles with the purpose of promoting organizations, projects and people with a high positive impact in the community of Țara Făgărașului.  

Georgi Georgiev

Georgi Georgiev is a doctoral candidate in comparative history at the Central European University, Budapest (CEU). He was a Visiting Predoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics” (October-November 2018). He completed an MA in Central European history at CEU. Georgi’s research experience includes extensive study of the Radio Free Europe archival collections hosted by the Blinken Open Society Archives in Budapest. Georgi’s PhD project focuses on methods of information gathering during the Cold War, with a special emphasis on acoustic information gathering and noise as an object of research. His work explores the intersection between science, technology, and politics.
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Ioana Hașu-Georgiev, M.A.

Ioana Hașu-Georgiev is interested in Romania’s recent past, researching aspects related to the armed anti-communist resistance. She holds an M.A. from the Central European University (2015) and is an accredited independent researcher at the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives (2011). She explores in her research the less known aspects of the anti-communist struggle, such as the role of women in the resistance, postmemory and trans-generational trauma, traumatic amnesia, the relation between forgetting, remembering, and healing. In 2012 she created an interactive workshop for children, Grandparents’ Times, focusing on the early communist period and repression. The workshop is offered in schools, high schools, and camps.  In 2018 she launched an exposition at the Țara Făgărașului Museum entitled The Women in the Resistance, invisible actors of the anti-communist struggle.  In the last 10 years, Ioana gave public lectures and participated in conferences organized by the Institute for the Investigation of Crimes committed by the Communist Regime. Ioana has over 15 years of experience in mass-media, among others, working for BBC Romania and Radio France Internationale.
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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.

Laura Vișan, Ph.D.

Laura Visan is an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Arts, Culture and Media (ACM) at the University of Toronto Scarborough and has a Ph.D. in communication from York University and Ryerson University in Toronto. She researched the process of social capital formation through civic participation and networking in the case of Romanian immigrants from Toronto. Ha­ving grown up in Romania, Laura has also written about the popular culture artefacts of the Nicolae Ceauşescu era, with a focus on the 1970s and 1980s. She has taught at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and at York University in Toronto.
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“Recuperate, Recycle, Reuse: Adaptive Solutions for the Socialist Architecture of Bucharest”. In Lisa B. W. Drummond and Douglas Young (Eds.), Socialist and Post-Socialist Urbanisms. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2020; pp. 168-184 “Political Engagement through Civic Transnationalism: Romanian Diasporas and the 2014 Presidential Elections”, in Reading Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, Third Edition. Oxford University Press, 2017 “Reading Cutezatorii and Watching Jackie Chan – Romanian Children and the Communist Propaganda (1970s and 1980s). Medialni Studia (Media Studies), Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University Prague, II 2013, Pp. 212-228.  Available online at: http://medialnistudia.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/6_laura-visan.pdf “(Dis)Connected: Romanian Canadians in Cyberspace”. Romanian Journal of Communication, Romanian Journal of Communication and Public Relations. Pp. 113-127. Vol. 15 No. 1 (29). April 2013. ISSN 1454-8100. Available online at: http://journalofcommunication.ro/29/visan_29.pdf “Creating Social Capital Resources: A Case Study of Romanian Immigrants in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area”. Working Papers series no. 93 / 2012, CERIS, the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement; available online at: http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/WP93_Visan.pdf Romanian Immigrants Go to Church” – Illumine – The Journal of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria, 2012; vol 11, no. 1. Available online at: http://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/Illumine/issue/view/763/showTocPartially Color– Rethinking Exterior and Interior Spaces in Communist Romania” – Anthropology of Eastern Europe Review, Vol. 29, No 2 / Fall 2011,  51-66; available online at: http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/aeer/ “Houses that Cry: Online Civic Participation in Post-Communist Romania” – McMaster Journal of Communication, Vol. 7, Issue 1, 2011; available online at: http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/mjc/vol7/iss1/3/

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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Magdalena Dragan, Ph.D.

Dr. Magdalena Drăgan is a researcher at the Geography Department of the Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca Branch. She studied Geography-French Language and Literature at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. She got a PhD in Regional Geography from the same university. Main interests are post-communist changes (demographic, economic and landscape changes) taking place in rural areas. Currently she works on a study on the management of the commons (forests and pastures) in Romania. She lives outside Cluj-Napoca with husband, son, a dog and five cats.

Other publications:

Drăgan Magdalena, Cocean Gabriela, 2018, Drivers of Change in Post-communist Agriculture in the Apuseni Mountains,  Transylvanian Review, XXVII,(1), p. 21 – 33.
Drăgan Magdalena, 2016, Locuințe secundare și case de vacanță în Munții Apuseni, Geographia Napocensis, X (2), p. 19 – 25. Drăgan Magdalena, Gabriela Cocean, 2015, Constraints on tourism development caused by the road network in the Apuseni Mountains, Romanian Review of Regional Studies, vol. XI, nr. 2, pp. 85-94. Drăgan Magdalena, 2013, The reorganization of economic activities in the Apuseni Mountains, Rev. Roum. Géogr/Rom. Journ. Geogr., 57, (1), p. 55 – 62.

Maria Cucu

Maria is studying at “Radu Negru” National Highschool in Făgăraș and she has always wanted to be involved in the development of her local community. She is open to challenges, willing to learn more and more, and getting to know new ideas. She is an active person, both personally and socially. Therefore, she participated in organizing many events, as a volunteer, and attended different personal development courses. Although Mathematics has always been the main subject of study for her, she has always been eager to learn more about literature, arts, music, and history.
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Mihai Ghircoiaș

Mihai Ghircoiaș is a member of the FRI Research Club. Also, Mihai is studying natural sciences at the National College Radu Negru Fagaras and he is a volunteer at the Association Ms. Maria Brâncoveanu. In the previous years, Mihai was a member of the YouthBank Făgăraș team, a program of the Țara Făgărașului Community Foundation and volunteer at Zestrea Buciumului. Mihai finalized the Duke of Edinburgh Award silver and bronze levels and took the HSK1 language exam in Chinese.

Oana Lup, Ph.D.

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Paul Stiniguță

Paul Stiniguță is studying math and informatics at the National College Radu Negru in Făgăraș. Paul’s main interest is discovering as much as possible about the universe and the world, through browsing the internet, reading books and watching documentary films.  He also likes cycling and spends his free time playing video games, watching films and on YouTube. Paul is a member of the FRI Research Club since 2019 and hopes to contribute to the activity of the Institute and learn together with the other members of the Club.

Silvia Fierăscu, Ph.D.

Dr. Silvia Fierăscu has a PhD in Comparative Politics and Network Science from Central European University. Her research focuses primarily on quality of governance, political-business relations, and statistical analyses of network data. Silvia is involved in various interdisciplinary projects, translating complex problems into real-time applications for organizational management, political communication, and better governance.

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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Teodora Capotă, Ph.D.