6/2/2021

Volume 6, number 2, Autumn 2021


Editorial board pp. 1-2 | Full text (PDF)

Contents pp. 3-4 | Full text (PDF)


RESEARCH


ROA CLUJ: REKO TYPE SUSTAINABLE MARKETING NETWORK IN ROMANIA

Kinga Xénia HAVADI-NAGY orcid

pp. 5-24 | Full text (PDF) | DOI: 10.23740/TID220211

The trend of sustainable consumption induces a change in the marketing strategies, applying a marketing type that promotes the culture of quality, and employs the principles of eco-rationality in choosing the tools of interaction with the consumers. The originally Finnish REKO (abbreviation of the Swedish “Rejäl Konsumtion”, meaning “Fair Consumption”) model of alternative food network (AFN) is a perfect example of implementing the principles of sustainable marketing. This survey focuses on ROA (Roade Online din Ardeal; Fruits/Harvest from Transylvania online), a REKO type direct marketing network, based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The aim of the study is to assess the chances and challenges of this type of AFN in the Romanian context. For this, we analyse the opportunities and impediments of development, and the cost and benefits of the AFN for the involved producers. The objective of the survey is to reveal the potential contribution of AFNs to sustainable production, marketing, and distribution of local products. The applied qualitative research is based on (1) an interview with a coordinator of the investigated initiative, (2) a survey among the involved producers, (3) participant observation as consumer, (4) informal discussions with the AFN stakeholders, and (5) secondary data analysis. As conclusions, we can state that Romania holds significant resources for the implementation of AFNs due to numerous favourable circumstances, such as the rising demand for qualitative local and regional products, and the willingness of consumers and producers to get involved in direct marketing networks. However, grassroot initiatives of direct marketing face administrative and legal challenges. The lack of real support of public policies, the weakly developed idea of self-government, and not firmly established in practice, confine the short food supply chains to a niche phenomenon.

SUSTAINABILITY, RESILIENCE AND WELLBEING CONVERGENCES FOR PLACE-BASED APPROACHES

Alexandru BĂNICĂ orcid, Ionel MUNTELE orcid, Marinela ISTRATE orcid

pp. 25-46 | Full text (PDF) | DOI: 10.23740/TID220212

The present article is a conceptual and bibliometric radiography of ‘the new trinity of governance’ (Joseph & McGregor, 2020) that includes sustainability, resilience, and wellbeing from the viewpoint of territorial approaches. First, the paper makes theoretical considerations of the three concepts by analysing their definition and characteristics. Second, the study proposes a bibliometric analysis of the three well-established concepts, taking into account the papers that include the relations between all three in a single framework. Third, we developed a content analysis considering only the most relevant papers in the proposed study area as we try to highlight the main theoretical and empirical implications of overlapping sustainability, resilience, and wellbeing from the viewpoint of place-based strategies and planning as reflected by current scientific research. The results show the prevalence of four major directions of research which include the three concepts as pillars for the theoretical and empirical approaches: 1) nature-centred assessments, 2) safe and sustainable human activities and critical services, 3) participative governance for planning human settlements, 4) individuals’ and communities’ culture and identities. Finally, the missing link that can transform all these convergent, but still diverse, perspectives is identified as being the capabilities theory of Amartya Sen. To accomplish this role, the classic theory was reinterpreted in a broader sustainability-related approach that takes into consideration the equity and wellbeing of individuals and communities, but also the equilibrium between nature and human development. Conclusively, if managed wisely, the new integrative approach could mark a paradigm shift that might push forward new ways of planning and governing sustainable, safe and liveable territories.

 

BOOK REVIEWS


ROMANIAN PASSENGERS LOOKING OUT OF THE TRAIN WINDOW. AN ATTEMPT OF CULTURAL HISTORY (1830-1930). REVIEW

Călători români privind pe fereastra trenului. O încercare de istorie culturală (18301930) / Radu MÂRZA

Reviewed by Claudia Septimia SABĂUorcid

pp. – | Full text (PDF) | DOI: 10.23740/TID220216


PRESENTING PLACE AND TERRITORIAL IDENTITIES IN EUROPE. A REVIEW

Representing Place and Territorial Identities in Europe. Discourses, Images and Practices/ Tiziana BANINI & Oana-Ramona ILOVAN

Reviewed by Paul MUTICĂ

pp. – | Full text (PDF) | DOI: 10.23740/TID220217