Alexandru Volacu, Director
Alexandru is an Assistant Lecturer at the National University of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA). He did a postdoctoral fellowship between 2017-2018 and has previously obtained his PhD in Political Science in 2016 at the former university, 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 Center for the Study of Social Justice. Between 2013 and the present time he has taught 15 different subjects in 3 different faculties, ranging from classes on normative theory to political science, public administration and European studies, both at an undergraduate and a graduate level. 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 international journals such as Political Studies, Philosophical Studies, Ethical Perspectives, Contemporary Political Theory, Journal of Philosophical Research, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Journal of International Relations and Development, Philosophia and others. 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 and co-edited a collective volume. Since the autumn of 2016, Alexandru Volacu is also the Co-Editor in Chief of the Romanian Journal of Society and Politics, having been an Editor of the journal since 2014. His full academic profile is available at: https://snspa.academia.edu/AlexandruVolacu.
Adelin Dumitru, Secretary-General
Adelin is a graduate student at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) and researcher at the Center for Public Innovation. He currently undertakes research on transitional justice, self-serving bias and intergenerational justice. His research interests span from geopolitics to distributive justice, having published articles on the security and development of the Central Asian Republics, on the possibility of transcending the informational asymmetry between universities and the government through the employment of open educational resources, on how we could explain from a historical institutionalist perspective the transition of Czechoslovakia to democracy and on how path dependency led to the widespread adoption of environmental politics in the European Union. At the Center for Public Innovation he has monitored the implementation of the new Romanian political parties law and has written several articles and public policy reports on the subject. Adelin previously worked for the European Institute of Romania, the Aspen Institute and for the Open Society Romania. He was also a reviewer for several academic journals from Romania. His Google Scholar profile can be seen at: https://scholar.google.ro/citations?user=nk-ATZ4AAAAJ&hl=ro&oi=ao and his academic profile can be consulted at: https://snspa.academia.edu/AdelinDumitru.
Oana Derviş, Deputy-Director
Nicolae-Emanuel Dobrei, Deputy-Director
Nic is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences, National University of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA). He got his PhD in 2012 and currently teaches different courses and seminars in political theory. His main reasearch interest is in democratic theory, both from the analytic tradition and from critical theory, with a focus on theories of legitimacy and democratic citizenship. He is also interested in issues related to the analysis of ideologies and history of political thought.