Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies @ University of Bucharest

CoEIA

Project title: Benefits and constraints of joint decision making in Romania. From public participation to collaborative Environmental Impact Assessment

Project number: PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2019-1039

Contract no.: TE 51/28.08.2020

Funding body: Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)

Budget: 431.900 RON

Period: 2020-2022

Research team:

Andreea Niță – Principal investigator coordinator

Laurentiu Rozylowicz – Senior researcher

Mihai Răzvan Niță – researcher

Athanasios Alexandru Gavilidis – Post-doctoral researcher

Constantina Alina Hossu – Post-doctoral researcher

Cristina Mitincu – Ph.D. student

Aim

The goal of the project is to develop a novel framework for increasing the effectiveness and accuracy of the Environmental Impact Assessment process by exploring the interplay between actors and providing practical solutions for a proper collaboration for sustainable development.

Specific objectives:

– to investigate the EIA studies quality and identify the roles of EIA actors within every stage of the procedure to positively influence the EIA outcome;

– to identify the main benefits, issues and common conflicts of the EIA procedure at national and international level;

– to identify the predictors of successful and participatory EIA, by analyzing the efficiency, constraints, and hierarchy of involved actors;

– to evaluate the fragmentation and connectedness of EIA networks, by identifying critical network hubs and opportunities to strengthen connections, using state-of-the-art multilevel models for cross-sectional EIA networks.

– to assess strategic networking opportunities, predict alternative network scenarios, fortify the linkages between decision-makers, practitioners, and stakeholders at international, national, and local levels.

Main results

Articles

Nita A., Rozylowicz L. (2020) Dynamics of the international environmental treaties – perspectives for future cooperation. Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining – Accepted

Conferences

Nita A.Rozylowicz L. (2021) Exploring network approaches to highlight trends and perspectives of international cooperation for the environment.The 3rd North American Social Networks Conference (NASN2021)

Nita A., Rozylowicz L. (2020) Dynamics of the international environmental treaties – perspectives for future cooperation. 2020 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), 7-10 December, The Hague, Netherlands (virtual)

Mitincu C.G., Hossu. A., Gavrilidis A., Nita M.R., Nita A. (2020) Benefits and constraints of joint decision making in Romania. From public participation to collaborative Environmental Impact Assessment. The 2nd International Conference on “Re-shaping Territories, Environment and Societies: New Challenges for Geography” 20 – 21 November, Bucharest, Romania

Gavrilidis A.A., Mirea A., Niță A., Motoiu G.A., Magdici M. (2020) Assessing the media portrayal of high-profile investments in relation with the Environmental Impact Assessment procedure, The 2nd International Conference on “Re-shaping Territories, Environment and Societies: New Challenges for Geography” 20 – 21 November, Bucharest, Romania

Mitincu C.G., Iojă I.C., Hossu C.A., Artmann M., Niță A., Niță M.R., (2020) Content analysis as a tool for evaluating the sustainability of environmental permits, The 8th European Environmental Evaluators Network Forum (EEEN2020) Environmental Evaluation Supporting the Implementation of SDGs and Transformative Policymaking, 4-5 November, Finnish Environment Institute, Online

Nita. A., Hossu A.C., Mitincu C.G., Gavrilidis A.A., Niță M.R. (2020) Multilateral agreements cooperation to minimize environmental impact (poster presentation). ELI/IALE Conference, 6-8 September, Bucharest, Romania

Reports

Work in progress