Dr Iuliana Precupețu, Principal Investigator, senior researcher

Iuliana Precupetu is a senior researcher specialising in quality of life, social inequality, health inequalities and social exclusion in later life. She has an extensive experience in carrying out both quantitative and qualitative research and, over the years, she coordinated several research projects concerning vulnerable populations. She was the principal investigator for Romania of the project A comparative perspective on precarious prosperity and household strategies in Romania and Switzerland in times of economic strain, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI). She was also country team coordinator of the project GINI Growing Inequalities’ Impacts, funded by the 7th Framework Programme of EU. Her most recent peer-reviewed article is: Precupetu, Iuliana, Marja Aartsen and Marian Vasile. 2019. “Social Exclusion and Mental Wellbeing in Older Romanians”, Social Inclusion, 7(3), pp. 4-16.

Dr Marian Vasile, senior researcher

Marian Vasile is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest, teaching quantitative methodology and the course Studies of happiness and quality of life. He is a member of the Romanian Group for the Study of Social Values. His domains of interest are quality of life, social values, lifestyles, sociology of health, and social exclusion in later life. In his publications, he looks at the effects of context for happiness, life satisfaction, mental well-being, and self-rated health. Marian has considerable experience in survey research and statistical data analysis, being trained in advanced methods: latent class analysis, multilevel regression, and structural equation modelling.

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Dr Cosmina-Elena Pop, researcher

Cosmina-Elena Pop is researcher at The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) and at the Research Institute for Quality of Life, Romanian Academy. She received the PhD in Sociology in 2010 from University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work for thesis “Subjective quality of life” under coordination of professor Ioan Mărginean. Her research interests are quality of life, subjective well-being, social indicators, health, children quality of life, old-age social exclusion. She was involved in a COST Action project as MC substitute (CA COST Action CA15122 „Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion: Collaborations in Research and Policy (ROSEnet)”) and she worked in several national and international research projects. She is member of Romanian Sociological Association and European Sociological Association.

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Dr Laura Tufă, researcher

Dr. Laura Tufă is a Researcher  with interests in several areas: social study of classifications, social construction of age categories, working lives & employment strategies, housing trajectories and inequalities, research labor, and research ethics. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bucharest with a thesis about how ethical practices in research labor are deterred or sustained by institutional arrangements. Currently also working for The Research Institute for Quality of Life (Romanian Academy),  in 2019 she was a Visiting Researcher at HIVA Research Institute for Work and Society (Leuven, Belgium) with a project concerning old age post-retirement labor inequalities. Laura’s latest peer-reviewed scientific publication informs policy response by providing input about how family contexts affect dealing with precarity, more precisely on the fallacies of intergenerational support in households situated above the poverty threshold: Intergenerational support as a reaction to socio-economic crisis: alteration of solidarity within precarious Romanian households (Preoteasa, A. M., Vlase, I., & Tufă, L. A. 2018, published in European Societies).

Dr Diana Dumitrescu, research assistant

Diana-Alexandra Dumitrescu is an teaching assistant at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest, Sociology Department. She has a BA in Sociology from the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (UB, RO), an MA in Global Media and Communication (University of Warwick, UK) and an MA in Sociology – Security Studies (UB, RO). She defended her PhD thesis, ”Strategic Communication in the Field of National Security Management” in 2020 within the Doctoral School in Sociology, University of Bucharest, Romania. Her main areas of focus revolve around research methodology, strategic communication, public opinion studies and political sociology.

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Rosa Maria Radogna, research assistant/PHD student

Rosa Maria Radogna has a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in Sociology, both at University of Salento in Lecce, Italy. Later, she was granted by the same university with a Leonardo da Vinci scholarship which allowed her to have a training period in Romania in an NGO. After other short experiences in Romania, she moved permanently in Bucharest in 2015.Currently, she is a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Sociology – University of Bucharest. Her doctoral research focuses on the impact of migration on left behind families of female migrants from Romania and Ukraine working in Italy as caregivers.She also collaborates as a volunteer with a NGO, being a mentor for the Italian volunteers involved in the European program European Solidarity Corps.

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Filuța Ioniță, administrative and financial manager

Filuța Ioniță – European Projects Officer, University of Bucharest. She studied political science and obtained a Master’s Degree in Romanian politics. During the last three years, she attended several training courses related to public procurement, project management and financial aspects of Horizon 2020 Programme. At present, she manages projects funded through the EEA Financial Mechanism in Romania, various European grants, and community programmes (AUF, AAL, ERANET, Horizon 2020, Justice Programme) as well as national funded projects through UEFISCDI.

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