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Sociologist,

Associated Professor, PhD.

University of Oradea, Romania

About me:

Editorial activity

Memberships in scientific societies

  • International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS), www.isqols.org (nominated for Board of Directors, 2005-2006) – since 2004
  • International Sociological Association (ISA) - since 2010
  • European Sociological Association (ESA)   - since 2011
  • International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) - since 2011
  • Romanian Sociological Association – since 2000

Research groups

  • International Wellbeing Group - Primary Researcher www.deakin.edu.au/research/acqol/inter_wellbeing/index.htm
  • Center for the study of Social Transformations, University of Oradea
  • Romanian Network of Experts in Social Development (REPEDES)
  • World Database of Happiness - Scale Calibration Study, Co-investigator

Teaching (graduate courses) 

  • Social Indicators and Evaluation of the Quality of Life
  • Quality of Working Life
  • Social Statistics
  • Culture and communication
  • Advertising
  • The image of the organization
  • Public relations
(vezi pagina Cursurilor de master)

Teaching (undergraduate courses)

  • Quality of Life
  • Sociological Paradigms
  • Sociology of Contemporary Culture
  • History of Sociology
  • Advertising Techniques


New research

  • Probleme ale transformării scalelor de satisfacţie faţă de viaţă [Problems of transformation scales of satisfaction with life] In: Calitatea Vieţii, 17(1-2), 153-170.Abstract: Life satisfaction, a global cognitive evaluation of one’s life, is a very frequently used indicator in quality of life research ...
    Postat la 17 aug. 2014, 23:43 de către Sergiu Baltatescu
  • Transition is over, wait to see the benefits: a comparative evaluation of the effects of post-communist transition on life satisfaction Sergiu BălţătescuBălţătescu, Sergiu. (2006, 5-7 May). Transition is over, wait to see the benefits: a comparative evaluation of the effects of post-communist transition on life satisfaction. Paper ...
    Postat la 17 aug. 2014, 23:29 de către Sergiu Baltatescu
  • Towards a Sociological Theory of Subjective Well-Being Sergiu BaltatescuBaltatescu, Sergiu. (2007). Towards a Sociological Theory of Subjective Well-Being (July 4, 2007). Excerpt from the PhD thesis Happiness in the Social Context of Post-Communist Transition ...
    Postat la 25 iul. 2013, 04:59 de către Sergiu Baltatescu
  • Evenimente de viaţă şi bunăstarea subiectivă a adolescenţilor Sergiu BălţătescuIn:  S. Mitulescu (coord.), Studii în domeniul tineretului: traiectorii şi stiluri de viaţă. Lucrările seminarului de cercetare socială de tineret ANSIT, Editura Didactică şi Pedagogică, Bucureşti. pp. 64 ...
    Postat la 6 mar. 2013, 01:41 de către Sergiu Baltatescu
  • Subjective well-being and satisfaction with places of residence in the counties at the cross-border between Hungary and Romania Sergiu BălţătescuIn: M. Brie, I. Horga & S. Şipoş (Eds.), Ethnicity, Confession and Intercultural Dialogue at the European Union’s East Border Oradea: Debreceni Egyetem Press/Editura Universității din Oradea ...
    Postat la 7 feb. 2013, 22:40 de către Sergiu Baltatescu
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Ongoing projects


Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research (Editor-in-Chief: Alex Michalos)

Member in the editorial board, since 2009


Children's World
coordinator for Romania

See the project page: www.childrensworlds.org




Research interests:

(see also my complete List of Works)

Social indicators, quality of life, social change, sociology of transition

In my research I addressed some of the most debated issues in subjective well-being. The proposal for my bachelor degree dissertation was published in the Romanian scholarly journal “Quality of Life” under the title: Influence of subjective factors on the perception of quality of life.

In my second article printed in 1999 I was reporting the discovery of a regularity I called “backward sloping curve of subjective well-being”. That is, when people are asked to evaluate their subjective well-being and that of others (their families, friends, neighbors, peoples from town and peoples from country), the closer peoples are from the respondent, the more their subjective well-being is evaluated as higher (see a presentation in: Media, climate of opinion and subjective well-being). I tested this regularity on several samples, including at national level.

Between 1999 and 2006 I followed a doctoral program in sociology at the University of Bucharest. I was especially preoccupied by the methodological problems of using subjective well-being as a resource for modeling societal outputs of post-communist transition. These pursuits took me to make critical approaches to theories and methodologies in the field.

I addressed the Problems of transforming scales of life satisfaction, and I proposed the use of latent growth curves to model societal changes in subjective well-being (Stability of Happiness in a Changing Society: A Latent Growth Analysis on a Romanian Panel Data).

I explored the influence on subjective well-being of various factors, some of them not studied before: public mood (Mass-media, climate of opinion and subjective well-being), trust in institutions (Trust in Institutions and Well-Being: a State of the Art, Confidence in Government and Happiness in EU and US, and justice beliefs (Justice beliefs in post-communist countries and subjective well-being. A European comparative study).

As a result, I presented multiple evaluations of subjective well-being in post-communist countries using various types of subjective well-being measures - simple (Quality of life in Romania, Transition is over, wait to see the benefits: a comparative evaluation of the effects of post-communist transition on life satisfaction) and complex scales like International Wellbeing Index (Subjective wellbeing in a post-communist country. Romania’s international wellbeing index, (with R.A. Cummins)). Along with these approaches I studied well-being of different socio-demographic groups like adolescents (Sports Participation and Subjective Well-being of Adolescents: Mediation of Self-esteem and Leisure Satisfaction), and immigrants (Subjective well-being of immigrants in Europe and their evaluation of societal conditions. An exploratory study)

Other research interests

  • Sociology of adolescence
  • Modernization theory
  • Values,
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Social development indicators.

My DOCTORAL THESIS called "Happiness in the social context of transitional Romania" tries now to integrate these approaches in a comprehensive social indicators approach to the evaluation of post-communist transition in Romania.