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Urban Practitioners Network

The Urban Practitioners Network is a space for common support and sharing innovative practices between motivated urban professionals. The Network is now being established and aims to bring together professionals from various countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM

Team Proiect Urban Practitioners Network

Lev Fejes, Ph.D.

Team Proiect Urban Practitioners Network

Maria Chirilă

Team Proiect Urban Practitioners Network

Mihai Racu, Ph.D.

Team Proiect Urban Practitioners Network

Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

Lev Fejes, Ph.D.

Lev holds a doctorate in criminal justice from 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 (ARC) he is responsible for coordinating the organization’s research efforts related to philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. He is a founding member of the Initiative for European Democratic Culture (ICDE) think-tank, and a Research Fellow at the Făgaraș Research Institute and Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD). An enthusiast of research methods, at ARC he utilizes his research experience developed at the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) within MSU 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. In his other capacities, Lev pursues various topics related mainly to urban safety and policing. 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, product counterfeiting, policing and urban safety. He is also interested in more applied research on the topics of philanthropy and corporate social responsibility and is passionate about turning the world into a better place for each and all.
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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.
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Mihai Racu, Ph.D.

Dr. Mihai Racu is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and Vice-president at the Romanian Architects’ Union Cluj Chapter. He is an architect and urban planner concerned with the sustainable development of the built environment. Since 2012 he’s been teaching at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He presented his PhD thesis concerning the coherence of recent Romanian urban developments analysed using digital methods in 2015. He published several articles that look at the particularities of urban sprawl in local contexts.

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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Departments/units: Policy Analysis and Outreach Department, Center on Global Affairs and Post Development

Regions: Europe, Global

Topics: Cities, Architecture and Urbanism, Philanthropy and Community Development, Civil Society, European Union

The project aims to build an interdisciplinary network of professionals who care for the quality of public and collective spaces, aimed at providing support and learning opportunities for its members. While we see a value-added for such a network in the Balkans and Central and Eastern Europe, we foresee a global network that provides the necessary space for common support and sharing innovative practices. The project would consist of two parts. The first part consists in forming the interdisciplinary network of professionals working on increasing the quality of the built environment – public and collective spaces, with a special focus on rural areas and small towns, but not only. The second part is a regional launch event in the form of workshops focused on sharing experiences and good-/bad-practices.

International

Team: Silvia Chakarova and Nurhan Redzheb from Place make

Founder: International Alumni Center Berlin