Profile of Miss Catrinel Cotae "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urban Planning

Catrinel Cotae

Urban planner Ph.D., junior architect, visualist, researching the circular economy approach in architecture and urban planning.

General research interests

Urban and Regional Planning, Strategic Regional Development, Sustainable Development, Ecological Economics: Ecosystem Services, Circular Economy, Household Analysis, Planning and Policy, Territorial Development, Sustainability, Environmental and Climate change, Societal impact and policy, Territorial Analysis, Urban Composition, Urban Design, Presentation and representation techniques in territorial planning.

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

Regional development models in the context of a circular economy

PhD Abstract

The research project focuses on investigating whether the concept of a circular economy can be used as a mitigative solution for environmental risks and if it can be included in the regional development strategies in Romania. The study is part of an extended research process, attempting to clarify which domains will be influenced by the potential future implementation of a new economic model in Romania.
Despite a socio-economic context marked by resilience, it is interesting to see whether the circularity principle can help Romania develop better and improve its economic and environmental performances. The research proposes the development of an approach in which statistical instruments are being used to better understand the correlations and dependencies between the territorial phenomena. The use of such an approach is beneficial for the decision making process (in administration and within research or policy making groups toiling with regional or territorial development), allowing an in-depth investigation of what it means to choose different paths, in terms of allotting resources to support development in one domain instead of another.
This investigation makes use of statistic modelling techniques and is supported by a wide array of indices or indicators. The circular economy principle is considered for this study as it has several distinctive competencies, making it more suitable from an operational perspective, than the other sectoral approaches. For instance, from a macroeconomic perspective, it offers net benefits by ensuring an efficient use of the resources used to fuel the economy while alleviating existing environmental pressures. Similarly, from a microeconomic point of view, it poses interest to the companies, as it has the potential to generate higher profits and turnovers, aside representing an opportunity for innovative business niche creation.
Such an approach is expected to have an impact on the generation of jobs for young workforce and to improve the competitiveness of local companies. The aim of the study is, however, higher. It looks into alternatives for decoupling the domestic material consumption from economic development, while attempting to raise awareness concerning resource consumption and the associated environmental risks. This is done by promoting sustainable practices in the business, social and even administrative environment. The result of this research is an adaptable planning tool that presents the interaction between societal traits and the outcomes of domestic material consumption and environmental degradation.