Dani Sandu is currently a Researcher at the Social and Political Sciences Department of the European University Institute, Italy. His current research is mostly focused on the effects of political socialization in communism and their legacies after transition to democracy. Equally, Dani has conducted research on and is interested in the effects of technological automation on the social and political structures of Central and Eastern European countries.
Previously, Dani has worked for the World Bank Group in the Europe and Central Asia region, particularly on social policy development, marginalized groups and youth studies. In addition, he has also worked for the Open Government Partnership, the European Commission Representation in Romania, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and multiple other international and national think-tanks and civil society organizations in Romania. He graduated his Master’s with a Fulbright scholarship from the University of Cincinnati, in the United States, and has other degrees from Romania.
Apart from his research career, Dani has also been active in the Romanian and regional public sphere, through written essays, television appearances and public presentations delivered for the Die Zeit Stiftung, TEDx Bucharest, Aspen Romania and other national and regional venues. Dani has also been active in Romanian civil society, being one of the founding members of Romania first fact-checking organization and the first data-illustrating initiative.