Adina Dumitru

I am a Senior Researcher at the University of A Coruna (Spain) and Director of a recently established Specialization Campus in Sustainability Research.

My current research focuses on the psychological determinants of sustainable lifestyles, their relationship to wellbeing and the development of indicators for the impact of nature-based solutions on social cohesion, empowerment and health. I am currently a lead researcher (WP lead) in the H2020 projects CONNECTING NATURE and SMARTEES

My previous research work included being part of the scientific coordination of the FP7 GLAMURS project, together with Prof. Ricardo García Mira, and contributing to the development of a theory of social innovation within the TRANSIT project, by focusing on motivations to join social innovation initiatives and the psychological dimensions of agency and empowerment. I previously worked as assistant coordinator and researcher in the LOCAW FP7 project, focusing on greening organizations through the promotion of worker autonomy and pro-environmental behaviour.

As part of the advisory boards of other European projects, such as the EUCalc and ProGIreg or the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme of the UN, I take an active part in the debates at the forefront of people-environment studies.

I have received my Doctorate in Psychology from the University of A Coruna, and my MA in Political Science from Washington State University, where I was a junior Fulbright Scholar.

Most relevant publications 

  • Frantzeskaki, N., Dumitru, A., Wittmayer, J., Avelino, F., & Moore, M. L. (2018). To Transform Cities, Support Civil Society. The Urban Planet: Knowledge Towards Sustainable Cities, 281.
  • Dumitru, A. & García Mira (coord.) (2017). Green Lifestyles, Alternative Models and Upscaling Regional Sustainability. GLAMURS Final Report.  A Coruña: Instituto Xoan Vicente Viqueira ISBN: 978-84-932694-7-0.
  • Haxeltine, A., Pel, B., Wittmayer, J., Dumitru, A., Kemp, R., & Avelino, F. (2017). Building a middle-range theory of Transformative Social Innovation; theoretical pitfalls and methodological responses. European Public & Social Innovation Review2(1), 59-77. 
  • Ruepert, A., Keizer, K., Steg, L., Maricchiolo, F., Carrus, G., Dumitru, A., … & Moza, D. (2016). Environmental considerations in the organizational context: a pathway to pro-environmental behaviour at work. Energy Research & Social Science, 17, 59-70.
  • Avelino, F., Wittmayer, J. M., Pel, B., Weaver, P., Dumitru, A., Haxeltine, A., … & O’Riordan, T. (2017). Transformative social innovation and (dis) empowerment. Technological Forecasting and Social Change.
  • Frantzeskaki, N., Dumitru, A., Anguelovski, I., Avelino, F., Bach, M., Best, B., … & Haxeltine, A. (2016). Elucidating the changing roles of civil society in urban sustainability transitions. Current opinion in environmental sustainability, 22, 41-50.
  • Longhurst, N., Avelino, F., Wittmayer, J., Weaver, P., Dumitru, A., Hielscher, S., … & Elle, M. (2016). Experimenting with alternative economies: four emergent counter-narratives of urban economic development. Current opinion in environmental sustainability22, 69-74.
  • Dumitru, A., De Gregorio, E., Bonnes, M., Bonaiuto, M., Carrus, G., Garcia-Mira, R., & Maricchiolo, F. (2016). Low carbon energy behaviors in  the workplace: A qualitative study in Italy and Spain. Energy Research & Social Science, 13, 49-59.
  • Orr, P., Brooks, K., Papadopoulou, L., Bonaiuto, M.,  Carrus, G., De Dominicis, S., Ariccio, S., Stancu, A., Ilin, C., Garcia Mira, R., Martínez, H., Dumitru, A., Lema-Blanco, I., Steinberga, I., Strode, I., Hrabar, M. and Kobal, J. (2015). Survey on Public Perceptions of Environmental Risks. Printed edition: A Coruña: Instituto Xoan Vicente Viqueira.  ISBN 978-92-79-54020-2.
  • Avelino, F., Dumitru, A., Longhurst, N., Wittmayer, J., Hielscher, S., Weaver, P., … & Elle, M. (2015). Transitions towards new economies? A transformative social innovation perspective.
  • García Mira, R. & Dumitru, A. (Eds.) (2014). Urban Sustainability: Innovative Spaces, Vulnerabilities and Opportunities. A Coruña, Spain: Deputación Provincial &Instituto Xoan Vicente Viqueira. ISBN: 978-84-9812-243-5.
  • García Mira & Dumitru, A. (coord.) (2014). Low Carbon at Work- Modeling Agents and Organizations to achieve Transitions to a Low Carbon Europe. LOCAW Reseach Report.  A Coruña: Instituto Xoan Vicente Viqueira.ISBN: 978-84-932694-6-3.
  • García-Mira, R., Steg, L., Bonnes, M., Ruepert, A., Dumitru, A., Bonaiuto, M., … & Ilin, C. (2013). Testing causal models of behavior to define pathways for change in organizations. Pathways, Transitions and Backcasting for Low-Carbon and Sustainable Lifestyles. Sustainable Consumption Transitions Series, (3), 122-136.
  • Dumitru, A., García-Mira, R., Vega-Marcote, P., Muñoz-Cantero, M., Steg, L., Ruepert, A., … & Maricchiolo, F. (2013). Pathways to sustainable change in organizations. Pathways, Transitions and Backcasting for Low-Carbon and Sustainable Lifestyles. Sustainable Consumption Transitions Series, (3), 236-250.
  • García-Mira, R.; García-González, C.; Dumitru, A.; & Barreiro-Rivas, XL (2012), The social dimension of forest fires: Risk, responsibility, and participation. En S. Kabisch, A. Kunath, P. Schweizer-Ries, and A. Steinführer (Eds.), Vulnerability, Risks, and Complexity. Impacts of Global Change on Human Habitats (pp. 103-119). Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe.
  • Bomfim, Z., García-Mira, R., Dumitru, A., Alves, S. y Fraga, A. (2011).Vulnerabilidades socio-ambientales: Obstáculos y caminos hacia la sostenibilidad. En B. Fernández-Ramírez, C. Hidalgo, C. Salvador y M.J. Méndez (Eds.): Psicología Ambiental 2011: Entre los estudios urbanos y el análisis de la sostenibilidad (pp. 91-104). Almería: Universidad de Almería, PSICAMB.
  • Dumitru, A. (2009) La sostenibilidad y la política ambiental: valores y corrupción. En García-Mira, R. & Vega-Marcote, P. (eds.) Sostenibilidad, valores y cultura ambiental, Pirámide.
  • García-Mira, R. & Dumitru, A. (2009), Reprezentarea si integrarea cognitiva a spatiului urban. In A. Stan (Coord.): Diversitate & Consistenta (pp. 24-44). Colectia Psihologia Moderna. Sibiu, Romania: Editura Alma Mater & Arhip Art.
  • García-Mira, R.; Dumitru, A. & Goluboff, M. (2009), Designing sustainable cities: Requalifying old minds for new spaces. In H. Turgut & Y.I. Güney (Eds.), Revitalising Built Environments: Requalifying Old Places for New Uses. Proceedings IAPS-CSBE & Housing network. International Symposium 12-16 October 2009, Istanbul. CD. ISBN 978-975-561-359-8.
  • García-Mira, R.; Vega-Marcote, P. & Dumitru, a. (2009). Sostenibilidad y cultura ambiental. In J. Tous & J.M. Fabra (Eds.): Actas del XI Congreso de Psicología Social “Sociedad, Trabajo y Medio Ambiente”, Tarragona, 1-3 Octubre 2009. Universitat Rovira i Virgili, COP Cataluña & Universitat de Tarragona. ISBN: 978-84-692-5684-8.
  • Ortega-Andeane, P., Dumitru, A. (2006) Measurement and evaluation of the impact of the environment on the emotional well-being of cancer patients. En Aragon, R.S., Loving, R.D., Aragon, S.R. (Eds.) Social Psychology in Mexico, Volume XI. Official Volume of the Mexican Conference of Social Psychology.
  • Dumitru, A. ; García-Mira, R. ; Ilin, C. y Maricutoiu (2011). Evaluating the relationship between place attachment, residential evaluations and satisfaction in t hree Romanian cities. Proceedings of the International symposium of CSBE-HOUSING IAPS Networks. Daegu, Korea, 10-14-Octubre 2011. Publicado en CD.
  • García-Mira, R.; Vega, P. y Dumitru, A. (2009). Sostenibilidad y Cultura Ambiental. En J. Tous y J.M. Fabra (Eds.). Actas del XI Congreso de Psicología Social (pp. 71-76 ). ISBN 978-84-692-5684-8. Tarragona: Universitat Rovira i Virgil, Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Cataluña y Universidad de Tarragona.
  • García-Mira, R.; Dumitru, A. y Goluboff, M. (2009). Designing sustainable Cities: Requalifying Old Minds for New Spaces. En H. Turgut y Y. Ince (Eds), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Revitalising built environments: Requalifying Old Places for New Uses (pp. 1-10), CD. ISBN: 978-975-561-359-8. Estambul, Turquía.

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