We aim at producing scientific knowledge and explanation of current and historic events and processes, based on empirical evidences accumulated with innovative methods through field research and experimental studies.


To contribute to the advancement of top-notch studies in political science in Romania through independent research.


To develop the society by producing knowledge and increasing the quality of education.

Executive Board

Isabela Mares


Isabela Mares is a political scientist and is the president of the Foundation. Isabela Mares has earned a PhD in political science at Harvard University and has taught at Stanford University, Sciences Po (Paris) and the Central European University in Budapest. She is currently a professor of political science at Columbia University. Isabela Mares is the author of three books, published with Cambridge University Press and of many articles published in leading academic publications of the United States, such as the Annual Review of Political Science, World Politics, International Organization, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies and Comparative Politics.


Aurelian Muntean


Aurelian Muntean (PhD. in sociology at SNSPA Bucharest) is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies. His research interests range from electoral studies, political parties, and legislative-executive relations, to labor relations and church-state relations. He was Fulbright Senior Scholar at Columbia University, East European Scholar at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Washington D.C, and International Policy Fellow at OSI Budapest. He has published in Electoral Studies, Social Change Review, Romanian Journal of Society and Politics, Journal for the Study of Religion and Ideologies, and chapters in various edited volumes.


George Matu

PhD. Candidate, SNSPA, Bucharest

Lacrima Iuga

Research Fellow at Innovation Research Foundation

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