Marina (PhD Political Science University of Essex, United Kingdom) tries to understand the effects of information on people’s opinions, preferences and behaviour and to find ways in which social science knowledge can be used to address real world issues.
A graduate in fine arts of the University of Arts, Bucharest and in political science from the University of Bucharest and the Central European University, Budapest, Marina is the president and founder of MRC.
Currently Assistant Professor in Political Communication (tenured) at the Central European University in Budapest. Previously she held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Essex, United Kingdom (2008 – 2012), taught at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, and at the School of Public Policy, University College London. She is a co-author of the book Embodying Democracy. Electoral System Design in Post-Communist Europe (Palgrave-Macmillan).
Marina got her taste for daring research projects by taking part in the ESRC-funded Elections and Political Transformation in Post-Communist Europe project at the University of Essex (1999-2002), which was followed by a range of projects in the UK and Romania. Currently she is the principal investigator of the research project Less Hate More Speech. An experimental and comparative study in media and political elites ability to nurture civil, tolerant, pro-democratic citizens, funded primarily through the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014.