Faces and Causes of Roma marginalization. Tools and methods for evaluation and data collection

Contextual inquiry to the UNDP/World Bank/EC Regional Roma Survey 2011, focusing on Hungary, Romania, Serbia. A joint initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Open Society Foundation’s Roma Initiatives Office (RIO) and the Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma Inclusion program, and the Central European University/Center for Policy Studies (CEU CPS).


The research was conducted between December 2012  and June 2013 in Hungary, Romania and Serbia. It was coordinated by the Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Centre for Policy Research at the Central European University. It was supported by United Nations Development Program, Bratislava. Foundation Desire acted in this research as the Romanian partner coordinating the investigations conducted in five counties (Alba, Arad, Călărași, Dolj and Iași), in a total of 25 localities (5 small cities and 20 communes). The country report will be made public after the publication of the final report by UNDP.

Faces and Causes of Roma marginalization_project brief_2013

The research team from Romania was composed of: Cătălin Dîrțu, Ramona Făcăleț, Adrian-Nicolae Furtună, Margareta Hertțanu, Iulia Hossu, Elena Mihalache, Rafaela Maria Muraru, Florina Pop, Mihaela Preda, Daniel Tudora, Andrei Mihail Tudor at the level of 25 localities, and Nicolae Arsene, Violeta Dumitru, Victor Făcăleț, Marcela Șerban and Alina Tuța at the level of five county centers, coordinated by Enikő Vincze.

Based on the long version of the final Romanian report accomplished  in June 2013, a scholarly article with the title Mapping Roma Marginalization in Local Contexts was published in the Special issue of Studia UBB Sociologia (Volume 58 (LVIII) 2013, December, Issue 2), pp. 111-155, alongside with the first results of the SPAREX researchon the Spatialization and racialization of social exclusion.


Phase 2 of the contextual research is continued with Phase 3 aiming to explore the dynamics of inter-ethnic relations at local level in the social, economic, political, and cultural domains explaining the faces of Roma exclusion and the potential pathways to inclusion. The contextual research as a whole is expected to be finalized by April 2014.  Foundation Desire acts as main coordinator of Phase 3.

The Romanian team composed by Cătălin Dîrțu,  Adrian-Nicolae Furtună, Bogdan Herțanu, Rafaela Maria Muraru, Florina Pop, Mihaela Preda, and Enikő Vincze (coordinator) is conducting in-depth research in the cities of Aiud (Alba county) and Calafat (Dolj county), and in the commune Lungani (Iași county).