Research Study: Romania/Sustainability

Invitation to participate in a research study: What can communist Romania teach us about sustainable development? 

Leea Rebeca Ruta, third-year undergraduate double majoring in Liberal Arts and History and Global Studies, under the supervision of Professor Jean L. Manore, Department of History and Global Studies & WHA member, is conducting a research project, funded by the “Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture – Introduction to undergraduate research scholarship” (FRQSC). 

Please note the following opportunity for participation in this research project: A Case Study of Eastern European Spaces: What Can Communist Romania Teach Us about Sustainability? 

The purpose of the study is to research “sustainability” during communist Romania. The research will focus mostly on environmental history to see how ex-communist dictator and President Nicolae Ceaușescu (1965-1989) transformed Romania’s environment into a sustainable “haven”. 

The project is seeking a few dozen participants, between 20 and 40 people. They would have to have been born between 1921 and 1989 and must have lived some years in Romania between 1921 and 1989. They may be able to fill in some of the gaps that are not found in scholarly sources. 

For a detailed picture of the project and eligibility criteria, please consult the attached documents. In the eventuality that the PDFs do not appear, please consult the following article on Leea’s LinkedIn.

If you are Romanian, or know someone from Romania who fits the criteria and who might be interested in participating in this study, please let them know, if possible. 

For any other information, please contact Leea Rebeca Ruta at Professor Jean Manore can be reached by email at or 819-822-9600 ext. 2623. The Ethics Review Committee for Student Research approved this project on August 4, 2022, File No: 102608. If you have any concerns regarding this project, you may contact Dr. Courtney Plante, Chair of the Ethics Review Committee for Student Research, at 819-822-9600, ext. 2393, or by e-mail at, or Dr. Andrew Webster, Vice-Principal Academic and Research by e-mail at

Thank you for your time and consideration.