Stefan’s extensive international experience in leadership in the global research arena is including Canada, USA, UK, Israel, Austria, China, France, Italy, Hungary, Philippines, Serbia, Moldova, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Romania, Belgium and Georgia. He developed research programs in various topics in over 15 years of experience in building research collaborations between universities, industry and international partners by leading teams to achieve remarkable outcomes in cutting-edge research. Initiatives and strategic leadership in research led Stefan to being awarded the highest honor in education in Romania, The Order of “Merit of Education” as Knight.

A selection of research/development projects:

  • 2012-2013 – The Education Studio, Macquarie University
  • 2010-2012 – University corridors: from non-spaces to dynamic learning spaces.
  • 2012-2013 – Coordinator of Innovation and Scholarship Program, Macquarie University
  • 2011-2013 – The development of undergraduates’ awareness of, and engagement in, research. Brew, A. and Popenici, S (coordinators)
  • 2011-2013: “Visibility of undergraduate research across the university”  A. Brew and S. Popenici: research on visual representations and messages related with research activities and profiles across the university.
  • 2011-2012: Enhancing student engagement through small group pedagogies in a large class environment: a case study of the C5C Forum. Robertson, G. (coordinator), Popenici, S. (researcher):
  • 2006-2009: International Research Network on Imaginative Education (IRNIE)
  • 2006-2009: “Inclusion through Imagination: Focus on ADHD”. Tarnoveanu N. and Popenici S (coord.)
  • 2008: “International imaginative education” under Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – International Opportunities Fund. (Coord. Egan, K., Popenici, S.,  Fettes, M.,  and Blenkinsop, S.)
  • 2008: “Cultural capitals’ influence on educational performance”, Institute for Educational Sciences, S. Popenici (coord.)
  • 2007: “Educational management and culture of quality at school level”, Institute for Educational Sciences, O. Mantaluta, S. Popenici (coord.).
  • 2006: “Motivation for learning and social success”, Institute for Educational Sciences
  • 2000-2003: “Organisational cultures in education”, Institute for Educational Sciences Romania, S. Iosifescu (coord.), S. Popenici: Findings used for a Romanian “Educational Reform Project” co-funded by the government and the World Bank, as well as the “Transformation of Educational Management in Romania – TEMIR”.
  • 2001: “Education against racism, discrimination and anti-Semitism national project”, Ministry of Education and Research Romania, S. Popenici (coord.)
  • 2001 (consultant) “IEQ secondary education reform case studies” Institute for International Studies in Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2001 (consultant) “Education for Democratic Citizenship”, Council of Europe
  • 2000: “Database for financing educational system”, Institute for Educational Sciences, Bucharest, Romania (Popenici, S., Pescaru, A., Badescu, M.). Collection of studies, indicators and model for financing the Romanian educational system, used by policy makers and high-ranking Ministry of Education officials.
  • 1999: “A Study on Educational Reform’s Impact at School Level”, Institute for Educational Sciences, Bucharest, Romania (Popenici, S. & Blendea, P.). A research used to reform the model of the school inspection in Romania, used by the Ministry of Education to evaluate the impact of educational policies implemented after the start of the educational reform project.

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