Flavia Durach

Flavia Durach

  • flavia.durach@yahoo.com
  • The Faculty of Communication and Public Relations - The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
  • Doctoral School in Communication
Participant in 2014
Work history 01/2013-present
Senior Manager, Editorial Department
Rentrop & Straton – Publishing house and business consultancy group
Management, Publishing, Marketing

11/2012-present
Project Manager
Research Project: Euroscepticism in Romania, in the context of the economic crisis
The Faculty of Communication and Public Relations
The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
Bucharest (Romania)

03/2012 – 06/2012
Project Team Member
Research Project: Euro Crisis: social perception, media framing and public debate (Coord. : Prof. Univ. Dr. Nicoleta Corbu)
The Faculty of Communication and Public Relations
The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
Bucharest (Romania)

02/2011 - 04/2011
Project team member – Project: Romania’s Adhesion to Schengen- social perception, media framing and public debate (Coord. : Prof. Univ. Dr. Alina Bârgăoanu)
The Faculty of Communication and Public Relations
The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
Bucharest (Romania)
Study history 2012-present
Phd Candidate
The Doctoral School in Communication
The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
Bucharest (Romania)

2010 – 2012
Master in Project Management (in English)
The Faculty of Communication and Public Relations
The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
Bucharest (Romania)

2010
Course in Project and Programme Management
Roland Gareis Consulting
Bucharest (Romania)

2007 - 2010
Graduate studies
The Faculty of Communication and Public Relations
The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
Bucharest (Romania)

2006
ESOL examinations- CAMBRIDGE Certificate in Advanced English-Grade A
Brasov (Romania)

2004
CODECS Foundation for Leadership- British Council The Educational Programme ”The Third Millenium's Leaders”, Emotional Intelligence Module
Brasov (Romania)

Phd Projects

2014

Euroscepticism in Romania. Trends and Evolution in the Context of the Economic Crisis

The current economic crisis sheds a new light on the issue of Euroscepticism. For the first time in the history of the European Union, public contestation threatens the stability and continuity of European integration. The favourite arguments of Eurosceptics include the following: European institutions concentrate power in excessively beurocratic structures in which the decision-making process is opaque and vague, the EU has become very distant from its citizens, the EU supports unpopular politics that threaten the sovereignty of the nation state, the extended Union is imbalanced and suffers greatly from the North-South and East-West lines of fracture.
Furthermore, European leaders are forced to acknowledge and deal with the growing discontentment of the masses. Public opinion surveys across Europe suggest that more and more citizens mistrust the EU and consider an exit from the euro zone and/or the Union as a viable option. For the first time in history, the process of European integration is no longer taken for granted.
In this context, my thesis investigates the connection between rising Euroscepticism and the economic crisis. My argument is that economic difficulties overlap with other pre-existent vulnerabilities of the European project, turning an economic and financial crisis into a crisis of the European Union as a whole. The focus of my investigation will be on the public opinion in Romania. My research objectives include the investigation of Romanian Euroscepticism (or its opposite- euroenthusiasm), at the level of the public opinion in the context of the economic crisis. Furthermore, I am interested in the way the Romanian media framed the subject of the eurozone crisis in certain key-moments of its evolution. Overall, I would like to identify the manner in which the crisis of the EU is perceived in Romania, a new (and still enthusiastic) member state.
According to these objectives, my research project consists of three methods, each investigating a different side of the problem: secondary data analysis using official Eurobarometer data from 2009 to 2013, focus groups- as a qualitative method of investigating Euroscepticism-, and content analysis on media coverage of the eurozone crisis.
I expect the public opinion in Romania to be more supportive of the EU than EU average, even if follows the same declining trend identifiable all across Europe. I also expect both the general public and the media to perceive the crisis of the EU in a rather superficial manner and to remain fairly Euroenthusiastic.

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