Maria-Carmen Pantea is Professor at the Social Work Department, BBU. Her research interests are in the area of Youth Studies, in particular young people’s relationship with work in its various forms: university-to-work transitions, vocational education and training, overqualification, entrepreneurship, volunteering. She is member of the Advisory Group of the Pool of European Youth Researchers of the EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership. Maria-Carmen is member of the European Commission expert group on quality investment in education and training and an editorial board member of Journal of Youth Studies. In 2020-2021 she was one of two researchers contracted to support the EU Youth Dialogue as part of the German and the Portuguese EU Council Presidencies. She is the author of ‘Precarity and Vocational Education and Training. Craftsmanship and Employability in Romania. London’, Palgrave (2019). PhD in Sociology (BBU), MA with Merit in Gender Studies (Central European University) and MSc in Evidence-Based Social Interventions (Oxford).
- studii de tineret
- educație și formare profesională
- formare antreprenorială
- raporturile absolvenţilor de învăţământ superior cu piaţa muncii
2022-2024: Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research Development and Innovation, Exploratory Research Projects (PN-III-P4-PCE-2021-0366)
Project: ”Opportunities and constraints for career development of non-STEM graduates: A mixed method approach (jobs4non-STEM)”
2018-2020: Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research Development and Innovation, Projects for Young Research Teams (PN-III-DCD-RU-TE-2016-1)
Project: “University-to-work transition. A qualitative inquiry on overqualification among Romanian young people”
2015-2017: Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research Development and Innovation, Projects for Young Research Teams (PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-0011)
Project: “A youth-centered analysis of the changes in the nature and meaning of work”
Topic: sociological research on Vocational education and training (VET)
Individual Research Grant 34030/2013: Social Enterprises: opportunities and risk factors
2010/ 2011: Local Government and Public Sector Service Initiative (OSI/ Budapest)
Fellowship to undertake research on Reintegration Initiatives for Returning Roma Migrants
2007/ 2008: Center for Advanced Study, Sofia.
Fellowship: Shaken Order: Authority and Social Trust in Post-Communist Societies
2006/ 2007: Open Society Institute (OSI)
International Policy Fellowship. Research: “Combating Roma Child Labor through Education in Romania: Challenges and the Need for Child-centered Roma Policies”.
2004/ 2005: Open Society Institute Europe, Higher Education Support Programme Academic Fellowship Program
Returning Scholar Fellowship for teaching at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, BBU Cluj Napoca.
2003/ 2004: Civic Education Project (CEP)
CEP Local Faculty Fellowship for teaching at BBU, Romania.