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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Dr. Monica Vasile

Visiting Scholar


  • economic and environmental anthropology
  • natural resources policy
  • corruption and illegal logging in postsocialist contexts


Monica Vasile born in Romania in 1980, studied and taught Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Bucharest, where she obtained her PhD in 2008. From 2008 to 2009 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Köln, and from 2009 to 2013 a researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle-Saale. She has conducted research in different mountainous regions of Romania and has been concerned with issues of individual and collective action in relation to natural resources, both historically and in the present. She published and presented on themes related to local governance of forest commons, property relations, forest-dependent economies, illegal logging, corruption and environmental conservation. Her current project examines production and trade of timber in Romania, with a focus on local informal economy and social relations entailed by commercial practices.

Monica Vasile was a visiting scholar at IRI THESys after a 3 month fellowship. 

Selected publications

Forthcoming 2014. Traders and weddings: ritual inflation in Transylvania, in edited volume, eds. Steven Gudeman and Chris Hann, Economy and Ritual in Eurasia, London: Berghahn Books

2009. Corruption in Romanian forestry: morality and local practice in the context of privatization, [English] Revista Româna de Sociologie (Romanian Revue of Sociology) 20, 1-2, pp. 105-120

2009. Regles de propriete et pratiques locales dans les forets communes villageoises de Vrancea: l'obstea d'aujourd'hui (Roumanie) [in French] pp. 93-105 in "Transitions foncières dans les Balkans: Roumanie, Albanie, Grèce" Options Méditerranéennes: Série A. no. 82. Montpellier: CIHEAM-IAMM, 108 p.

2008. Nature conservation, conflict and discourses around forest management: communities and protected areas from Meridional Carpathians, [English] Sociologie Românească (Romanian Sociology) 6, 3-4, pp. 87-100


THESys Project

'Forest loss and timber trade in Romanian Carpathians'

Associative Environmentality