Assessing the impact of Social Responsibility initiatives and mechanisms on stakeholders and its influence on organisational change 

Dr. Alin STANCU (coord.)
$: 275 440 RON / cca. 65 000 EUR (UEFISCDI: PN-II-RU-PD-2012-3-0443, 1 mai 2013 - 29 oct.2015)

Childminders in Bucharest: a shadowed category between law, employment and social norms / 
Bonele în Bucureşti: o categorie în umbra normelor juridice, profesionale şi sociale

Dr. Ionela BĂLUŢĂ & Dr. Anca DOHOTARIU (coord.)

EN: This research explores the issue of childminders working on the Bucharest black market. Through methodological and conceptual lenses that draw upon interdisciplinary topics such as gender, public policies and the family policy/politics nexus, it aims to identify the mechanisms through which the socio-professional category of childminders tends to be juridcally invisible and legislatively ignored, a fact which may increase the risk of social inequality and discrimination.  

RO: Această cercertare sociologică calitativă explorează problematica bonelor care lucrează pe piaţa neagră în Bucureşti. Pornind de la o abordare interdisciplinară (gen, politici publice şi politici familiale), studiul îşi propune să identifice mecanismele prin care categoria socio-profesională a bonelor tinde să fie mai degrabă invizibilă şi ignorată din punct de vedere juridic şi legislativ, ceea ce poate favoriza riscul de discriminare şi inegalitate socială.

Dr. Laura NISTOR (coord.)
$: 85 140 RON / cca. 20 000 EUR (UEFISCDI: PN-II-RU-PD-2012-3-0157, 1 mai 2013 - 29 oct. 2014)

EN: The general objective of the project is to provide an integrative empirical analysis regarding environmentally sustainable consumption patterns in Romania. The project intends to investigate the following three major aspects in connection with the practice of sustainable consumption: 1) The profile of those people who engage in this type of consumption; 2) Their main motivations in terms of values, attitudes and knowledge and 3) The most specific and recurrent discourses they attach to sustainable consumption patterns in order to justify and comment their choices. The originality and novelty of the project consist in four major issues. Firstly, the project can be perceived as a scholarly contribution to the field of environmental sociology, by summing up and completing with newer and methodologically diverse data a specific case of environmentally significant behaviour and its specific facets in the case of Romania. The second originality point consists in the ways in which the phenomenon under discussion is going to be approached, i.e. in terms of the quantitative and qualitative interplay through which I expect to reveal an integrative and comprehensive picture in relation to several facets of sustainable consumption. The third issue of originality stays in the fact that the project allows not only to explore the case of the well-known attitude – behaviour gap, i.e. the question if specific attitudes are translated in specific behaviours, or in our case, if sustainable consumption practices can be traced back to pro-environmental values and attitudes, but also to investigate other specific hypotheses of the social psychological literature, for instance that of the role of the specificity of attitudes in predicting specific behaviours. Fourthly, by integrating several approaches of sustainable consumption, i.e. the economic approach (the WTP-approach), the sociological approach (analysis of profiles) and the social-psychological approach (the role of values, attitudes and knowledge in inducing the behaviour), the project intends to develop a fundamentally integrative approach - epistemologically, disciplinarily and methodologically (More details).