- Sustainability science
- Complex adaptive systems as social-ecological systems
- Biosphere stewardship
- Natural resource management and governance
- Cultural ecosystem services
- Agent-based modelling
Codruța Savu’s research interests revolve around a better understanding of the complex relationships that link people and nature, the role of culture in shaping these interactions
Savu was drawn to the SRC’s central vision of the intertwined relationship between humans and nature. Her general interest resides in how the more traditional dichotomic approach between people and their environment could be overcome to lead to a more sustainable future. In particular, she would like to explore these interlinks by deepening her agent-based modelling skills while also employing other novel methods.
Having an academic background rooted in both natural and social sciences, Savu has obtained a bachelor’s degree in systems ecology and sustainable development from the University of Bucharest. Before that she studied political science with French language, centred around political philosophy and history of ideas at the same university.
In-between her formal studies, Savu has worked for more than a decade in several transnational companies, where she held numerous roles ranging from assistant manager to leading the regional software services department for one of the Tech Giants.
While undertaking her ecology bachelor studies, she worked as a volunteer within the University’s Research Centre in Systems Ecology and Sustainability. There, she was involved in several projects, mostly related to the Long Term Social-Ecological Research site Braila Islands, a group of wetland habitats situated in the lower Danube area.
In addition to that, Savu has also done volunteer work within the NGO sector. She worked as a volunteer for WWF Romania, engaging in the Local Economy and Nature Conservation in the Danube Region (LENA) project funded by Interreg Danube Transnational Programme as well as in their Restoration of Danube Floodplains project. Likewise, she has volunteered for five years with the Romanian Anti-AIDS Association, being involved in numerous projectsand communication campaigns, where she has learnt to use theatre and artas a powerful form of communication.