Session 5

Environmental values and environmental change. Building green citizenship in East-Central Europe
Laura Nistor (lecturer, PhD., “Sapientia” University Cluj)
Filip Alexandrescu (doctoral student, University of Toronto)

Chair: Laura Nistor,
Sapientia University Cluj-Napoca

Environmental Knowledge and Values in Alternative Food Networks in Hungary
Bálint Balázs
, Szent Istvan University, Hungary

Teenage Perspectives on Urban Environments. Case Studies from Contemporary Bucharest
Ioana Florea
, University of Bucharest

Alternative Communities as a Way to Environmental Change. The case of Ukraine
Tetyana Diyeva, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Establishing ‘Environmental Stewards’ in East-Central Europe
La Porte, Cleanup&Greenup, Inc. New York

Social Facts and Environmental Facts. A reconsideration of Durkheim’s Legacy in American Sociology
Filip Alexandrescu, University of Toronto

Chair: Filip Alexandrescu,
University of Toronto

Energy-saving Renovation Works in Private Dwellings and Environmental Knowledge. A Comparison between Bulgaria & Latvia
Françoise Bartiaux, Véronique Gosselain,  Liga Ozolina, Evita Garâ, Dobrina Vassileva, Grozdanka Stamova
Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium); Ekodoma (Latvia); Black Sea Regional Energy Centre (Bulgaria)

Greening Information Technologies . An Emerging Policy Research Agenda
Rozália Klára Bakó, Sapientia University, Cluj-Napoca

What is ‘Water’? An Alternative Study of Danube Delta
Alexandru Iorga, University of Bucharest

Building up environmental concern: media coverage of the “Roşia Montană case” for over a decade
Viorica Alina Pop, Universitatea Creştină “Dimitrie Cantemir” Bucureşti

Contributed paper:

The case of East-Central European citizenship in terms of willingness to pay for pollution prevention
Laura Nistor,
Sapientia University, Cluj-Napoca


Explanations rooted in the postmaterialism thesis, respectively in the affluence hypothesis assess that until economical surviving is more important than the quality of the life, environmental values, attitudes, and practices have little chance to develop. In the case of the East-Central European region the above assumption is further accentuated by the legacy of the communist past. During the communist regime environmental protection was a superficial concern of the institutions, civil society was underdeveloped and citizens had little opportunity to know about or mobilize for environmental protection.

Right before the regime change some seeds of environmental mobilization speared throughout the region and in the first years of the transitions process environmental NGOs quickly emerged and proliferated. The green euphoria however has soon vaporised and now the region appears as an environmental laggard compared to the West, especially when we are looking for patterns concerning environmental behaviours.

This session aims to bring together contributions in the area of environmental values, attitudes and behaviors and those concerned with the dynamic interactions between social life and ecosystems at various scales, ranging from the local to the global.

We are particularly interested in contributions which are grounded in empirical research no matter qualitative or quantitative and investigate the actual manifestations, respectively longitudinal evolution of environmental values, attitudes, and behaviours of the general public (either in singular localities and countries of the region or throughout the post-communist Europe), respectively the attitude – behaviour rupture respectively congruency.

We also encourage papers dealing with case-studies of environmental initiatives (e.g. ecological modernization and standardization, public-private partnerships, projects initiated by NGOs, grassroots’ struggles, etc.) and with the assessment of the social reception and role of such initiatives in building green citizenship.

Studies asking pertinent questions about the role and contribution of sociology in approaching environmental issues in the region are also welcome.

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