Department of Human Geography and Regional Development

Dr. Bianca Mitrică


Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy ( is the main institution of fundamental and applied geographical research in Romania established in 1944. It carries out integrated research in Geomorphology, Hydrology, Biogeography, Climatology, GIS Systems, Geography of Population and Settlements, Political Geography, Geography of Land Use, Geography of Industry and Services, Regional Development and Environmental Geography focusing on investigating the relationships between the components of the physical and biotic environment and of the social and economic milieu, as well as their spatial distribution in connection with global environmental change.


Participation in European/FP and other related projects


FP6 - Climate change and variability: impact on Central and Eastern Europe (CLAVIER) (2006-2009); FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network - Changing hydro-meteorological risks – as analyzed by a new generation of European scientists (CHANGES)(2011-2014); Cross-Border Cooperation Programme – Romanian-Bulgarian cross-border joint natural and technological hazards assessment in the Danube floodplain. The Calafat-Vidin - Turnu Măgurele-Nikopole sector (2012-2013); FP7 – Building Capacity for Black Sea Catchment Observation and Assessment System supporting Sustainable Development (EnviroGRIDS) (2009-2013); EUSDR Project - Crossing the borders: Geographic and Structural Characteristics of Cross-Border Cooperation in the Danube Region (2014-2015)

Main tasks and interest in this project

  •   Contribution to WP1 - WP3

  •   Contributions to WP4 (dissemination) and management WP5

  •   In charge for the case study in Romania

Case Study 3: Buzau Carpathians and Subcarpathians (Romania). This focuses on the distinctive ethnic cultural heritage associated with rural lifestyles in the mountain region of Romania, where agriculture follows many traditional patterns found in Europe one hundred years ago.

Scientific team


Bianca Mitrică, Ph.D. (F) Senior Researcher at Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy, Head of Human Geography and Regional Development Department. The main fields’ works are: Urban Geography, Geography of Population, Economic Geography and Regional Development. Over 100 papers and book chapters on urban development, urban functionality, metropolitan areas, urban industry, population, socio-economic disparities, population vulnerability to different natural hazards. She contributed in the accomplishment of 25 national research grants and international projects


Dan Bălteanu, (M) Director of the Institute of Geography, Member of the Romanian Academy, Chair of the Romanian National Committee on Global Environmental Change. His academic competences are in the field of environment with a focus on the human-environment interaction, natural and technological hazards, land use/land cover change, climate change impacts. He is the author and editor of over 20 volumes and more than 250 scientific papers published in national and international specialist journals, many of them dealing with the impact of extreme climate events on the environment.


Irena Mocanu, Ph.D. (F) Senior Researcher at Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy. Contributions in the accomplishment of 17 national research, 1 international project. She published 14 chapters/maps in books, atlas, scientific monograph; over 70 scientific articles focused on different field of interest (e.g. geography of labour, economic geography, socio-economic vulnerability to different natural hazards, rural geography, regional development).


Ines Grigorescu. Ph.D. (F) Senior Researcher at Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy, Environment and GIS Department, has expertise in studying man-environment relationships and environmental change in urban and metropolitan areas. She was involved in different national and international research projects.


Monica Dumitrașcu. Ph.D. (F) Senior Researcher, Deputy Director of the Institute of Geography with main research activities are in field of environmental change, land use changes and GIS analysis. She published over 100 papers on landscape change and environment issues in Romania; complex assessment of man-environment relationships mainly focusing on natural hazards; community-oriented raising awareness and dissemination activities; activities related to stakeholder’s communication on climate change-related issues etc. She was involved as coordinator or participant in several national and international research.


Cristina Dumitrică, Ph.D. (F) Senior Researcher in geophysics and remote sensing at the Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy, Physical Geography Department. She was involved in national and international research contracts, grants and research themes. Her academic competences are in the fields related to remote sensing image data processing for environmental and urban studies, GIS spatial modeling and database management; natural and technological hazards; environmental geology and hydrogeology. She is the author of over 40 scientific papers published in national and international specialist journals.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation under grant agreement no. 870644