Workshop for Young Researchers


Exploring Global Perspectives: The Future of Economics and Social Sciences

13-14 June 2024, Bucharest, Romania

Mini Track Chairs

  • Marius CONSTANTIN, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

  • Guest speaker – Donatella PRIVITERA, University of Catania, Italy

  • Andra MECU, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

This workshop is dedicated to young researchers who are at the beginning of their scientific research career. The workshop welcomes papers from PhD candidates and young researchers with an interest in business administration or in economics, hence providing a unique platform to present innovative ideas, share insights, and engage in thought-provoking discussions. In addition, this workshop is not just a forum for presenting papers; it is an incubator for ideas that challenge conventional wisdom, propose novel frameworks, and contribute to the theoretical and practical advancement of business administration and economics. All the papers presented at the workshop will undergo initial screening by the chairs who will provide feedback to all submitting authors. Later, the best papers will be considered for the peer review process and publication in a dedicated ICESS volume, in case of paper acceptance.

Marius Constantin

is Assistant Professor in the Department of Agri-food and Environmental Economics at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. His research primarily focuses on agricultural economics, with a particular emphasis on competitiveness. He has participated in a best-practice sharing program at the University of Georgia, USA, focusing on the synergy among agri-environmental research, education, and extension—an initiative housed within the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences. Moreover, Marius Constantin has also been involved in various teaching and research missions at the Catholic University of Valencia “San Vicente Mártir” and the Institute of Agricultural Economics in Belgrade. In recognition of his outstanding research activity, Marius Constantin has been honored with two awards at the Excellence Gala, an event organized by the Bucharest University of Economic Studies.

Donatella Privitera – Guest Speaker

graduated with honors in Economics and Commerce, with an MSc in Agri-food Economics, is a full professor of Geography. She teaches economic geography with implications for tourism, environmental changes, and urbanization processes at the University of Catania (Department of Educational Sciences). Currently, she is the coordinator of the Tourism Sciences degree course; a member of the university research center “Geographical Design and Research Center – Progeo” and of Cutgana “University Center for the Protection and Management of Natural Environments and Agro-ecosystems”. Her research focuses primarily on topics in economic geography, food and tourism. In particular, she deals with: territorial valorization for tourism purposes with a focus on gastronomic tourism; sustainability and sustainable urban mobility; technological innovation in tourism. Currently, she is the head of the local unit in Catania for the “Emplacing Food. Narratives, policies and spaces in Italy” research project supported by the Italian National Research Programme 2020.

Andra Mecu

As a Ph.D. student and research assistant at the Faculty of International Business and Economics within the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, she delves into the intricacies of climate risk management through innovative methodologies and techniques. Her research undertakings hitherto have revolved around an exhaustive exploration of extant research in climate risk management, spanning both the European Union and Romania. Moreover, she meticulously scrutinizes the EU’s pivotal measures towards climate change adaptation, leveraging the Union’s global leadership in climate mitigation.

Beyond academia, her active engagement in extracurricular and social endeavors has earned her recognition and accolades at various galas, underscoring her commitment to broader societal concerns beyond the confines of her academic pursuits.