The A.I.Cuza University of Iasi

The „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, inaugurated on October 26, 1860 is the oldest institution of higher education in Romania with a tradition of excellence and innovation in education and research. With over 23,000 the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University is composed of 15 faculties.

The Department of Sociology and Social Work

The Department of Sociology and Social Work is part of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences of “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași and conducts advanced research and teaching activities. The Department of Sociology and Social Work currently provides three bachelor’s degree programs, namely sociology (since 1990), social work (since 1991) and human resources (since 2012), and five master’s degree programs, namely Community Safety and Violence Control; the Family and Family Resources Management; Probation, Mediation and Social Work for Victims of Crime; European Master’s Degree on the Protection of the Rights of the Child; Social Planning and Supervision. The Department of Sociology and Social Work employs highly qualified human resources.

All 19 members of the tenured teaching staff have their PhD degrees and have attended training and retraining courses at prestigious foreign universities. Nine of them have won postdoctoral fellowships, and five have PhD thesis advisor habilitation.

The research work carried out by the teaching staff of the Department is very dynamic and covers specific sociology, social work and human resources topics. The research findings are disseminated by means of numerous scientific papers published in scientific journals ranked in international databases, in individual books, in collective books, in chapters and studies published by prestigious Romanian and foreign publishing houses.

The Department has organized scientific conferences with guests both from Romania and from abroad, like for instance the French-Romanian School of Methodology in Social Sciences (since 2002), Recent Trends in Social Sciences (since 2012) or Days of Social Work (since 2013). The teaching staff of the department have been involved in scientific research projects, in human resources development and institutional development projects with domestic (CNCSIS) and international (FP6, FP7, Tempus, Erasmus, POSDRU, COST) funding, as well as in bilateral and cross-border cooperation projects.


Dana Cojocaru

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She is Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Work of the Faculty of Phylosophy, „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi Iaşi where she teaches Sociology of Family, Sociology of Childhood, Methodology of Social Research, and Assessment of Social Work Programs.

Her doctoral thesis in sociology concerns the functioning of foster families and how children are cared in these settings, the particularities of care in the substitutive parenting context and the way the equation parent – child is constructed in the child protection system conditions.

She followed a postdoctoral  program in the ethics and health policy domain; she took part in numerous researches in the area of the social, and in assessing several social assistance programs implemented by both public and private providers and focused on vulnerable families.

Daniela Cojocaru

University Professor; PhD in Sociology (1996); Internship at the University “René Descartes”, at  INRP Paris, at the EHESS ,  member of ASR, AISLF, and AIFRIS. Areas: Sociology, Research Methodology, Sociology of Education, Community Development Sociology, Sociology of Health; attending congresses, conferences, sociology and social work seminars;  Author of : ROMANIA. SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES, Editura Institutul European, 2008; SOCIETATEA ROMANEASCA IN TRANZITIE Ed Institutul European, in 2012. SOCIOLOGII ACTUALE Ed FILES, Cluj, 2014 etc.

Collective volumes in Romania: TRATAT SOCIOLOGY Ed Belladi, Craiova, 2010, TRATAT DE ASISTENTA SOCIALA  Polirom, 2013 etc.

Collective volumes abroad: SOCIAL WORK AND IMMIGRATION, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2006; HISTORY OF SOCIAL WORK IN EUROPE, Ed Vuibert, Paris, 2008. PUBLIC POLICY, SOCIAL ACTION, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2010 etc .; articles in specific magazines etc.