Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu

“The Role of Religion and Religious Actors in Roma Social Inclusion: Towards a Participatory Approach” – PARI – RO-NO-2019-0586

Our country still has a lot of unused human potential in terms of the Roma population, relatively young compared to the majority Romanian population.

Their inclusion in the social and economic life has been the subject of much debate. 

Our project wonders what potential religious actors have in the inclusion of the Roma in the modern society.

The project has three directions: the first, to analyze the last 300 years in terms of the relationship of religious actors with the Roma community, the second direction aims at an in-depth analysis of exemplary communities through empirical research and development of pilot projects in Romania and Norway, and the third direction deals with the experience of relevant actors and volunteers and the encouragement of good practices to act towards Roma inclusion and to open perspectives for broader projects in the future.

The Team

Meet the team dedicated to making this project possible.

Stefan Tobler

Project Manager

Tor Slettebø


Sabina Luca


Stephanie Dietrich

Researcher & Coordinator

What We Do


— We make research

on the relationship between the religious actors and Roma people, on the history of the last 3 centuries in this sense and on the theological convictions that can lead to a better life together and a real inclusion.


— We build networks

between Romania and Norway through a strong partnership and among local faith communities that intend to cooperate in achieving the goals of our project.


— We encourage

coping with the mistakes of the past and finding new ways to deal with the problem of the present.


— We dare

to apply a promising method called participatory approach and to believe that change is possible.


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