Gabriel Bădescu is professor of political science and the director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at Babes-Bolyai University. His publications include five books, three edited collections, and more than 40 articles and book chapters on democratic and economic transitions, social capital, educational policies, research methodology, income inequality and labor migration. Between 2009 and 2010, Bădescu was the president of the Romanian Agency for Governmental Strategies, an organization whose core objective is to assist the government in defining and implementing its economic, social, public administration policies. Between 2011 and 2013, he was a member of the Romanian National Research Council. He is currently a member of the Romanian National Council of Higher Education Statistics and Forecast.