“Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu (LBUS) is located in Sibiu, in the centre of Romania. Sibiu is one of the most important cultural centres of Romania and was designated the European Capital of Culture for the year 2007. Sibiu is an also a multilingual city, with people from different religions.
LBUS is a public institution of higher education with nine faculties and more distance education centres in different cities. The total number of students in 2013 is 16 562. Students come from all counties of Romania, but also from foreign countries. LBUS concluded cooperation agreements with 108 universities, of which four consortia, 33 cooperation agreements and partnerships 61 Erasmus.
One of the largest faculties is the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. The bachelor and master specializations include social sciences, social work, communications sciences, political sciences, international relations, psychology and others. The specialists from here worked in several projects concerning specific problems of social development. They have skills in social politics and social work, pedagogical and psychological training, they are experimented in cross-disciplinary approach and have good contacts and partnerships with public institutions, non-profits and non-governmental organizations in the field of social work and social entrepreneurship
Delia Stefenel, PhD, works as associate teaching assistant at “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Romania, Department of Social and Human Sciences.
She was also leading the research laboratory of Sociology of Migration within Contemporary Balkania in Athens, Greece.
She also worked as university teaching assistant in two public Hellenic universities, at the Department of Balkan Studies of the Western Macedonia University, and at the Department of Languages, Philology and Culture of the Black See Countries of the Democritus University of Thrace.
She is certificated to work as Intercultural Mediator and Social Entrepreneur.
She has been involved in charge of national and transnational expert and researcher in European based projects aiming to struggle unemployment, to enhance local and national policies on socio-economic and cultural issues or to promote social entrepreneurship. In the last years, she have been successful in conducting individual research and cross-cultural team research on hard to reach populations (e.g. illegal/clandestine migrants, Roma youth, unemployed people), along with strong data collection and analysis among ethnic and cultural diverse communities.
To date her research has produced empirical papers, published in domestic and international journals, books and proceedings, or invited talks to more than eighty conferences and meetings. Among her main research interests are: migrants’ acculturation, psychological youth development, Roma integration, social entrepreneurship, cross-cultural communication, well-being, discrimination, regional/national policies and ethnic entrepreneurship.
Ioana-Narcisa CREȚU, is Professor PhD. at the Lucian-Blaga-University in Sibiu, Department for Journalism, PR, Sociology and Psychology. She is also the Vice Dean for International Relations and Students of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. Her research fields are Social and Intercultural Communication and Media Communication. She accomplished study and research goals at the University of Bonn (1993-1994) and Tübingen (1999-2000) in Germany and at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands (2001-2003). She conducted eight audiovisual projects about social issues (emigration, unemployment, poverty, religion, social relations etc.) in the Saxon villages in the county of Sibiu and surroundings: A grain of hope (2009-2010, Our glorious past (2010-2011), The Misery of the Harbach Valley (2011-2012), In vino veritas (2012-2013), Cabbage, goat and neighbors (2013-2014), God doesn’t beat with the stick (2014-2015), Messages (2015-2016), Clean/Dirty (work in progress). She worked in international projects teams with 35 partners from 5 different countries (Germany, Austria, Romania, Ukraine and Moldavia) as regional coordinator.
She published more than 10 books and over 100 articles, she is a member in professional associations (Associations of Trainers in Journalism and Communication, Romanian Association of PR) and she is quoted in several publications (International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Studies in Social Sciences etc.). As a volunteer she is member of the Women Association in Sibiu and runs a shelter for abused women, victims of violence and trafficking women.