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Project Director

Monica is an environmental anthropologist. She has conducted extensive etnographic fieldwork and sociological surveys in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. Her research topics are land commons, forests, pastoral practices, timber logging and trade, human-animal relations, nature conservation and rewilding. Currently she is affiliated with the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany.




George is a social anthropologist interested in political ecology and construction&protection of natural heritage. The title of his PhD research at IMT Lucca, Italy, is "Wilderness Production and Protection in Eastern Europe: Towards a synthesized critique of neoliberal conservation and its impact on forest livelihoods."



Irina is a sociologist, a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Sociology at the University of Bucharest, Romania. She has ample research experience, both academic and applied, in the areas of cooperative practice, social economy and financial exclusion.



Stefan is a PhD student in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. His research examines the interplay of power, capital and environment in the Carpathian forest commons, and the cash crop farms of South-Eastern Romania.


Photography & Editing

Arryn is a visual artist. He has a Doctorate of Visual Arts from the Queensland College of Art, Australia, where he taught painting from 2005-2012.  He has held solo exhibitions in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. He contributes to our project with photography and editing of visual and written content. 

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