Codul proiectului: DISRUR/14-AUF
Project funded under PN III Programme/ Sub-programme 3.1. Bilateral/multilateral/ Module AUF-RO
Implementation Period: August 2016 – October 2017
Project Budget: 67.388 RON
Contracting Authority: Institute for Atomic Physics (Institutul de Fizică Atomică – IFA)


  • Project coordinator: Babeş-Bolyai University, Centre for Regional Geography, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
  • Partner universities: West University of Timişoara, Centre for Regional Development, Cross-border Studies and Territorial Planning, Timişoara (Romania); Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, Chişinău (Republic of Moldova); Université d’Angers, ESO-Angers-CNRS, Angers (France)

About the project:
DISRUR represents a complex international project of inter-university collaboration, with a strong interdisciplinary character. Its impact materializes into a joint working methodology, a complex database, results recognized nationally and internationally, transfer of knowledge and best practice models, and new prospects of academic collaboration, or with other institutions, on similar topics. DISRUR project aims to become a scientific, objective support for decision makers in policies and documents on alleviating regional disparities.

The general objective of the project is to develop recommendation guidelines on alleviating demographic disparities in the Romanian rural areas, focused on the Poiana Ruscă Mountains. Subscribing to the provisions of the existing European and national documents, the specific objectives of the project include identifying the rural demographic gaps existing in the analysed areas, highlighting the local communities’ perception on demographic disparities, identifying some feasible solutions, including the proposal of recommendations to alleviate demographic disparities in rural areas, and raising the awareness of the academic and local community on the consequences of perpetuating these social phenomena.

Planned phases and activities:
In order to ensure the interdisciplinarity of the created partnership and the transfer of best practice models from the partner states, three distinct work phases were established, each of them focused on a specific type of activity, as follows:

Phase I. Diagnostic analysis of the rural areas in terms of demographic disparities
I.1. Theoretical and methodological benchmarks on rural demographic disparities
I.2. Diagnostic analysis of some rural areas by addressing demographic disparities
I.3. Field research

Phase II. Best practices on alleviating regional disparities in rural areas
II.1. Identification of best practices in the European area on alleviating demographic disparities in rural areas
II.2. Elaboration of recommendations on alleviating demographic disparities in rural areas

Phase III. Dissemination of DISRUR project results
III.1. Elaboration and dissemination of studies
III.2. Elaboration of progress and final reports

Outputs and results:
The expected results include scientific papers published in nationally and internationally recognized journals (indexed in Web of Science and in other international databases), presentation of results in conferences in the field, promotion of project results in mass media, and a guide with recommendations for reviving rural areas affected by demographic disparities.

Contact persons:

Professor Pompei COCEAN
Babeş-Bolyai University
Centre for Regional Geography
Cluj-Napoca, România
Tel.: (+40) 264 597570
E-mail: cgrcluj@gmail.com

Professor Nicolae POPA
West University of Timişoara, Centre for Regional Development, Cross-border Studies and Territorial Planning, Timişoara, Romania
Tel.: (+40) 256 592218
E-mail: nicolae.popa@e-uvt.ro

Associate Professor Valeriu SAINSUS
Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, Chişinău, Republic of Moldova
Tel.: (+373) 22 224128

Associate Professor Emmanuel BIOTEAU
Université d’Angers, Angers, France
Tel.: (+33) 241 226349
E-mail: emmanuel.bioteau@univ-angers.fr