Young Researchers Grants 2017 

Andrei Ion – Emotional intelligence in the workplace: no stones unturned

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Andrei Ion holds a teaching position as Associate Professor at the University of Bucharest, Psychology department. Andrei’s key research interest resides in investigation the role and importance of individual differences in the workplace. This line of research led to several contributions to the field of I/O psychology and individual differences. Andrei was the principal investigator in several research endeavors resulting in publications in top ranked journals such as Journal of Personality Assessment, Personality and Individual Differences, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Journal of Career Assessment and Journal of Counseling Psychology. Andrei holds a PhD in Organizational Psychology. Andrei serves as a reviewer for various journals such as: Psihologia Resurselor Umane or European Journal of Psychological Assessment. Andrei Ion has annually attended to different scientific conferences in his field of interest: I-O Psychology and Psychological Assessment. He presented papers at prestigious conferences such as: International Test Commission Conference, Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology Conference, European Association of Psychological Assessment Conference. Since 2014 Andrei Ion serves as reviewer the Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Most importantly, Andrei holds a position leadership position within SIOP, being a member in the International Affairs Committee since 2015.

ICUB Fellowships for Young Researchers 2017

Popescu Alina – Learning to Dress in a Communist Style: Fashion, Politics and Consumption Culture in Romania during the 1950s and the early 1960s

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Alina Popescu holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and a PhD in Political Sciences (Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique) from the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense. Her thesis entitled ‘Les films étaient en couleurs, mais la réalité était grise. Cinéma et censure en Roumanie sous Nicolae Ceausescu’ focused on the censorship of films depicting the Romanian society, from the 1950s to the 1980s. During her doctoral studies she received several scholarships from CIERA Paris, AUF, ICR or Balassi Institute to conduct archival and ethnographic research in Romania, Hungary and Germany. In 2013 she was a fellow at the Marc Bloch Zentrum in Berlin. In the last two years she has been involved in a research project on the Romanian Union of Artists at the University of Bucharest. She has researched and published on diverse aspects of art, cinema and politics in Romania after WWII, including the phenomenon of censorship, the cultural exchanges between East and West or the activity of the political police. Her main research interests are in the field of cultural and social history of Communism, with a focus on the visual culture of that period.

Abaseaca Raluca – Post-2011 Social Movements in Central and Eastern Europe: Activists attitudes towards Europe

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Abăseacă Raluca holds a (Joint) PhD degree from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium with a thesis focusing on social movements in Central and Eastern Europe in the context of the economic crisis of 2008. Starting with December 2016, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium, where she was affiliated with SMAG/CriDIS (“Social movements in the global age” Research Group/Interdisciplinary Research Center Democracy, Institutions, Subjectivity). She has recently published papers in collective volumes (Institutul European, Iasi), internationally-indexed journals like Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, Nationalities Papers, East European Politics, Sociologies, independent global media platforms like openDemocracy. Her main research interests lie in the fields of social movements studies and political sociology. The research activities that she has conducted until now could be sum up around three main axes: the relation between grievances and social mobilization in the context of the economic crisis, political radicalization, the interrelation between past, public memory and contentious collective action.

Giugăl Aurelian – The Romanian Electoral System and its Effects: The Case of the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Parliamentary Elections


Aurelian Giugăl holds a PhD in political science from the University of Bucharest, with a thesis focusing on electoral geography (Dobrudja region). Between June 2014 and September 2017, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal South-East European Journal of Political Science (SEEJPS). In 2010 was Research Collaborator at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol. In 2015 was the postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of World Economy, Romania Academy. In the same period (2015), he spent a term at the Sapienza – Università di Roma as a Visiting Postdoctoral Student, where he was affiliated with the Dipartamento Di Scienze Documentarie Linguistico Filologiche E Geografiche. He is a collaborator researcher – Interdisciplinary Center of Advanced Research on Territorial Dynamics (CICADIT), University of Bucharest. He is the author and co-author of books published in Romania (Geografia electorală a Dobrogei postcomuniste: 1992-2012, Atlasul electoral al României: 1990-2009) and of numerous articles published in international scholarly journals (Transitions, Space and Politics, East European Politics and Societies & Cultures). He is currently completing a research concerning the 2008 Romanian electoral law and its effects, i.e. increasing the number of Parliamentary seats. His main research interests lie in the field of human geography, primarily on the topics of electoral geography & political geography.

Volacu Alexandru – An Inquiry into the Normative Foundations of Conditional Duties to Vote

Volacu - pictureAlexandru Volacu holds a PhD in Political Science from the National University of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA), with a thesis focusing on rationality assumptions in theories of distributive justice. In 2015 he spent a term at the University of Oxford as a Visiting Doctoral Student, where he was affiliated with the Department of Politics and International Relations and the Centre for the Study of Social Justice. His main research interests lie in the field of contemporary analytical political theory, primarily on the topics of distributive justice, the ideal/non-ideal theory debate and the ethics of voting. Secondary research interests include a range of topics from the fields of rational choice theory, behavioural economics and game theory. He has published articles in prestigious, ISI-indexed, international journals such as Philosophical Studies, Ethical Perspectives, Contemporary Political Theory, Journal of Philosophical Research, Journal of International Relations and Development and Croatian Journal of Philosophy. In total, he has published over 30 scientific or philosophical articles in internationally-indexed journals, collective volumes or as conference papers, has co-authored one book (Tritonic Press, Bucharest) and co-edited a collective volume (Ibidem-Verlag, Stuttgart). Alexandru Volacu is also a Teaching Assistant at SNSPA, the Director of the Bucharest Center for Political Theory and a Co-Editor in Chief of the Romanian Journal of Society and Politics.