Mapping Civil Society response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Cluj

The research project aims to analyze the experiences of Cluj civil society during the COVID-19 pandemic, its mobilization, and the type of support received and offered to third parties.  The research is implemented in partnership with the Association for Community Relations (ARC) and is commissioned by the Urban Innovation Division...

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Community spaces and their role during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond

COVID-19 has disrupted the way we carry out our activities to an unprecedented level. States of emergency and lockdown impact directly the activity of community spaces that exist to empower local communities. These community spaces are the kind of physical infrastructure that is central for any network as it provides...

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COVID-19 and Impact Management: Tools for enhancing civil society impact

We are confronted with a pandemic that is about to change the world in fundamental ways – including the activity of civil society organizations (CSOs), small and large. The ability of CSOs to understand current transformations and at the same time demonstrate impact is central to their sustainability prospects, given...

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Crime and Criminal Justice enforcement in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. A natural experiment

The pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus produce conditions that cannot otherwise be created, offering researchers an opportunity to develop procedural approximations to true experiments (Fagan, 1990). The differential lockdown of various cities in Romania allows us to observe and measure differences in the naturally occurring conditions (i.e. “the intervention”)...

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COVID-19 and Increasing Global Trends in Authoritarianism

We are witnessing a global resurgence of authoritarianism. Amid crisis, such tendencies increase. Closer to home, the broader Central and Eastern European region is slowly moving away from the post-1989 trend of democracy consolidation. A strong counter-reaction to the democratization efforts of the last three decades can be identified in...

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