Dr. Ioan Durnescu is Senior Lecturer at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work. He teaches and conducts research in the probation and prison fields. His special interest is comparative probation. He is one of the editors of the Probation in Europe (WOLF) and the Understanding penal practice (Routledge). Ioan Durnescu is also co-editor of the European Journal of Probation, a journal published by the University of Bucharest in partnership with SAGE Publishing. He is also member in a number of prestigious organizations: he is board member of the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) and former chair of the Community Sanctions and Measures Working group within the European Society of Criminology.
Dr. Thomas Ugelvik is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of Tromsø. His main research interest is in prisons and other places of incarceration. He has published extensively on the everyday life behind bars in journals such as Ethnography, European Journal of Criminology, Punishment and Society and Qualitative Inquiry. He is a series co-editor of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series, and author of Power and Resistance in Prison: Doing Time, Doing Freedom (2014).
Andrada Istrate studied sociology at the University of Bucharest and sociology and social anthropology at Central European University, Budapest. For the past five years, she has researched the Romanian gambling scene, with a particular interest in forms of professionalization among poker players. She is currently working on her PhD dissertation about the Romanian pyramid schemes of the 1990s, focusing on how people produce and circulate new notions of time, person, hope, value, money and morality.
Antoanela-Cristina Teoroc has graduated the Faculty of Social Work, University of Babes-Bolyai from Cluj-Napoca. She works at București-Jilava Penitentiary since 1996 and since 2006 she is the Deputy Manager of Education and Psychosocial Assistance. In present she is a PhD attendant at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest with the thesis „The impact of therapeutic community program towards the inmates from București-Jilava Penitentiary”. Starting with 2007 she was involved in several work teams and implementation groups within European funds programs and since 2010, as chief of writing and implementation of European and EEA grants, she has enforced projects in the prison with inmates as target group with the general objectives of raising their quality of education and social inclusion.
Elena Pitiu is a sociologist, Bachelor of sociology in 2008, Master degree in Social Deviance and Crime in 2010, now PhD candidate at Doctoral School of Sociology, University of Bucharest.
Dr. Lucian Rotariu is a sociologist. He sustained his PhD thesis Penitentiary: Roles, Mechanisms and Institutional Sequences at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest. During his doctoral studies he assisted the courses Sociology of Deviance and Sociology of Law. The researcher has obtained several study and scientific performance scholarships from Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest and Romanian Academy. He has organized humanitarian projects and published a poetry volume. He is the author of Jilava: A social radiography of a penitentiary. His study interests are represented by deviance, delinquency, the operationalization of the concept of freedom, social transposition of the rights and obligations of inmates in the penitentiary space and their reintegration in society.
Filuța Ioniță is financial administrator at University of Bucharest. She studied political science and obtained a master’s degree in the field of Romanian politics. During the last three years she attended several training courses: Quality management system in higher education institution, Public Procurement Expert, ProjectManagementand Evaluation of Projects funded through european grants. At present she manages projects funded through the EEA Financial Mechanism, through various european grants and comunity programmes (FP7, Horizon2020, Justice Programme) as well as projects funded through the National Plan of Research, Development and Innovation(PN II).
Dorina Damșa has a broader interest in issues of inequality, poverty, and exclusion, particularly at the intersection of gender, class, and ethnicity. She holds an M. Phil. in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the Norwegian Center for Human Rights at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law. Prior she worked as researcher for the National Institute for Human Rights and in Red Cross & City Mission projects.