We built COORP.
SCiDEV builds on the portfolio of its largest project, COORP – Collaborative Online and Offline Platform (COORP). COORP was a project undertaken by the co-founders of SCiDEV, which aimed at supporting the integration of the Albanian research community into the European Research Area, by connecting Albanian researchers locally, regionally and internationally, and strengthen quality of research and research skills. COORP was supported by PERFORM – Performing and Responsive Social Sciences – a project of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and the University of Fribourg from 2016 to 2018.
What we are good at?
Scientific and applied, action and policy-oriented research with best active researchers in Albania and Western Balkans using mixed methodoligies.
Exploring and implementing a vast number of innovation initiatives for private and public sector, education institutions, CSOs and communities.
Proven experience in data analyses and visualizations with most advance techniques and technologies. Big Data design and data warehouse management.
Policy and Strategic Papers
Experience in writing projects for strategic reforms, policy papers in Albania and other project based interventions..
Project writing, implementation, management and project monitoring and evaluation.
Media and Communication
Research, capacity development, action and advocacy for media independence, freedom and empowerment of communities through media and communication.
Western Balkan Process
Active participation on WBP representing young researchers at regional and international level.
Research and Science Communication
Communicating research and science to wider audiences and liaison between academia and media.
Women in Science
Advancing the role of women in STEM and social science and humanities, by creating visibility of role models, increasing access to opportunities, and move forward policy issues related to women in STEM.
Connect the academic diaspora with the Albanian scientific community, initiate mentoring and partnership programs, and contribute to the overall development of the SSRS.
With an academic background in law and humanities, Blerina has a longstanding experience in the development sector working with international organizations and projects mainly in the area of rule of law and policy-making, foremost in the Western Balkans. Experienced project manager and legal practitioner, with a focus on public institutions and capacity building, legal drafting, legal literacy, justice institutions and civic engagement.
Debora is an architect and artist working and living in Tirana, Albania. She has a wide experience in working for local and international private companies, in delivering design excellence, drafting of detailed local plans, and design execution. She has a deep interest in photography and arts, and how they relate to the development of urban spaces and needs of their inhabitants.
Erida Curraj is a good connoisseur of the business sector dynamics gained through more than 12 years of professional experience at national, regional, and international levels, mainly in Europe and China working with diverse actors from business representatives to higher education managers and academics. She has a deep outstanding working with European Commission and Western Balkan’s projects mainly focus in education and youth. She holds a Doctorate Degree in Industrial Design, a Joint PhD Programme between Ferrara and Polis University. She teaches a master course in Industrial Product Development at the Department of Art Design at Polis University, and Design course at Polytechnic University of Tirana.
Blerjana is an expert in project design, development, monitoring and evaluation. She has more than 7 years of professional experience in research and development in Albania and Western Balkans. She has completed her doctoral studies in Media and Communication Studies and a research fellowship at Uppsala University as a Swedish Institute Fellow. She holds a Master of Science in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science in UK. She has completed a research fellowship at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster under a Civil Society Scholar Award (2015) and a research stay at Department of Political Sciences and Sociology, University of Salzburg as a Sigma Agile Fellow (2014). She has been involved in the development and management of various research and capacity-building projects funded by European Union and other donors. She was part of the US International Visitor Leadership Programme in 2016 and is co-founder of COORP.
Experienced ICT project development and management consultant. Project writing, monitoring and evaluation for a variety of projects in the sectors of ICT local government, higher education, research and development management, ICT agricultural sector, Gene Bank Documentation (GBD), tourism and food safety traceability information systems. Lecturer with extensive experience on ICT training. Passionate data elaboration expert, data analyses and data visualization. Experience working in different industries since 2002, SME EU/EC and government institutions, with particular focus on projects related with information technologies, system development, and innovation projects.
Abi is a systems thinker with extensive experience in development projects in the Western Balkans. She holds an MPA from the State University of New York, USA, which she completed as a Fulbright Grantee. Additionally, she holds an MSc in System Dynamics from an Erasmus Mundus program offered jointly by the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, University of Bergen, Norway, and New University of Lisbon, Portugal, and a bachelor’s in International Economics and Management from the Bocconi University, Italy.
Abi’s professional background reflects her interest in good governance and evidence-informed decision-making practices. She has held management/coordination positions as well as research roles in projects dealing with topics such as social dialogue and research-to-policy linkages. Her research interests include education, employment and poverty reduction, digitalization as a tool for inclusion, and regional cooperation.