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(draft Last-updated: December 9th, 2011 - by Dr. Liliana TÖRÖK)
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"SOCIO-ECONOMICS AND HUMANITIES" RESEARCH TEAM 


TEAM IN 2007-2011 PERIOD

Specialists of DDNIRD constantly involved in researches dealing with environmental studies, demography, social geography and regional studies, having the "Socio-economics and humanities " team as main research team:

Scientific Researcher gr. III
biol. BOTA Diana - research on tourism, ecological education, socio-economic systems

Scientific Researcher
Ec. BOZAGEVICI Raluca - research on tourism, ecological education, socio-economic systems
Geogr. NICHIFOR Cristina - research on tourism, ecological education, socio-economic systems
Geogr. MARIN Eugenia - research on anthropology, socio-economic systems
Geogr. SELA Florentina - research on anthropology, socio-economic systems


Specialist of DDNIRD occazionaly involved in researches dealing with environmental studies, demography, social geography and regional studies, having the "Socio-economics and humanities" team as secondary research team:

Scientific Researcher gr. I
Dr.Eng. NÄ‚VODARU Ion - research on aquaculture, fishing, socio-economic systems



HISTORY / TRADITION

The department’s research focuses on the impact of various social and economic trends and policies in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve and other national and international wetlands. By mapping the social and physical infrastructure of wetland’s human settlements, Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development actively participates in identification and understanding of the community problems, and contributes to strategic developmental plans. In its work the experts from the socio-economic department use different knowledge and methods to collect and review survey data, preparing a bottom to top way of tackling issues occurred at different levels (local, regional, national, transnational) and integrating needs assessment. The basic tools and methods used in research design, data collection and data analysis are content analysis, cost-benefit analysis, ethnographic research, demographic analysis, stakeholder analyses, focus groups, interviewing (structured and semi-structured interviews), observation (an information gathering technique based on personal observation and recording of human activities and behavior), Rapid Rural Appraisal (a broad-level evaluation, usually through consultation with experts and stakeholders, that provides a general overview of the relationship between humans and natural resources), social impact assessment (used to predict impacts related to implementation of management resources or policy changes).

The department's research can be divided into the following areas:
- population geography
- economic geography with an emphasis on questions concerning the structure of sparsely-populated areas
- ecotourism
- environment and natural resources
- geographical systems analysis

PROJECTS IN 2007-2011 PERIOD

In the last 5 years the team-members were involved in 7 projects dealing with studies on socio-ecomomic aspects of the life

 

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Tourism 1 1    

The team-members involved to the above mentioned projects contributed to:

- the analysis on how there were managed a series of case studies across the globe in order to compare the success and failure of different biodiversity conservation approaches
- the development of policy recommendations and approaches for sustainable development
- the socio-economic and technical design for a Transactional Environmental Support System 
- evaluation of social impact of the ban and commercial fishing of sturgeons in Romania
- the development of beluga sturgeon related tourist route involving local fishermen communities
- dissemination of the information to the stakeholders concerning the flood protection policy
- the evaluation of the main aspects related to the tourism's carrying capacity and impact within Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve
- guidance concerning how the camping places identified by the DDNIRD team inside of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve should be equipped to have a minimal impact on the biodiversity of the area

DISSEMINATION

Scientific papers:

Bozagievici R.,
Navodaru, I., Marin, E., Bota, D., 2011. Study on the willingness of Sfantu Gheorghe fishermen community, from Danube Delta, to involve in decision making regarding biodiversity conservation by switching from sturgeon fishing to other natural resources”. Scientific Annals of the Danube Delta Institute, vol. 17, pp.119-126.
Navodaru I., Poruncia, A., Bozagievici, R., Bota, D., 2008, Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. Section 5.15, pp. 138-141. IN: Manos B., Papathanasiou J. (eds), Governance and Ecosystem Management for the Conservation of Biodiversity. ZITI Publishing, Thessaloniki , ISBN 978-960-243-647-9.
Bozagievici R., Navodaru, I., Bota, D., 2008, Macin Montains National Park, section 5.16., pp. 142-145. IN: Manos B., Papathanasiou J. (eds), Governance and Ecosystem Management for the Conservation of Biodiversity. ZITI Publishing, Thessaloniki ,. ISBN 978-960-243-647-9
Bozagievici R., Navodaru, I., Bota, D., 2008, Governance and management of biodiversity in Macin Mountains National Park, Romania, Scientific Annals of the Danube Delta Institute, vol. 14, pp. 9-14
Bozagievici R., Nichifor C., 2007, Tourist circulation dynamics in DDBR between 2004 and 2006, Scientific Annals of the Danube Delta Institute, vol. 13 pp. 175-178
Nichifor C., Bota D., Bozagievici R., 2007, The Codes of Conduct – interpretation elements for practicing a sustainable tourism in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, Scientific Annals of the Danube Delta Institute, vol. 13 pp. 193-200
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The team-members involved to the above mentioned projects contributed to:

The team-members involved to the above mentioned projects contributed to:
 
     

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