Professor Cristian IOJĂ


Professor in Environmental Research

Head of Department Regional Geography and Environment

Professor in the Faculty of Geography at the University of Bucharest

Senior Research in Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies

Curriculum Vitae


Cristian Iojă earned his PhD in Geography at the University of Bucharest. In 2015 obtain the Habilitation in Environmental Sciences and in 2017 in Geography. He is the Treasurer of Society for Urban Ecology and president of the Society for Urban Ecology – South Eastern Europe Chapter.

The research interests are focused on environmental assessment of different land-uses in urban areas, understanding the relation between built-up and green infrastructure, socio-economic drivers and promotion of urban sustainable planning. His current researches are linked by the assessment of nature-based solutions for urban sustainability and resilience. More of his research results are transferred at administrative level in National Strategy for Biological Conservation, Urban Master Plans, Environmental Actions Plans and protected areas management plans, in order to improve the decision makings process and natural ecosystems management.

Cristian Iojă was principal investigator of 11 national research grants funded by Romanian National Research Foundation or other public institutions. He has published 9 books and more papers related with environmental planning, urban green infrastructure, land-use changes and biodiversity conservation in Biological Conservation, Ecological Indicators, Applied Geography, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, Landscape and Urban Planning and other international journals.


Research interest

  • Urban ecology
  • Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Impact Assessment


Research project

  • Nature based solution for increasing sustainability and resilience in urban areas, Romanian Research Agency, 2017-2019 (
  • Experimental Methods for Ecosystems Services Assessment of Urban Lakes under Climate Changes (EMERSA), Romanian Research Agency, 2017-2018 (
  • Methodology for the management and resolution of environmental conflict in Natura 2000 network, Romanian Research Agency, 2015-2017(
  • Demonstrating and promoting natural values, to support the decision-making process in Romania” – NATURE4DECISION-MAKING – Mapping and assesment of urban ecosystem services, ROSA-WWF-ANPM, 2016-2017 (
  • Dynamic interaction between the natural and human components based on the synergy of ecological and socio-economic factors in the rapidly urbanizing landscapes, Romanian Research Agency, 2012-2016 (
  • Modeling of environmental impact generated by incompatible land uses in human settlements Romanian Research Agency, 2011-2014.


Selection of recent publications

  • Hossu C.A., Ioja I.C., Susskind, L.E., Badiu D.L., Hersperger A.M. (2018) Factors driving collaboration in natural resource conflict management: evidence from Romania. Ambio, 10.1007/s13280-018-1016-0, (IF 3,687, AIS 2,183) (Q1 Web of Sciences)
  • Artmann M., Kohler M., Meinel G., Gan J., Ioja I.C. (2017), How smart growth and green infrastructure can mutually support each other — A conceptual framework for compact and green cities. Ecological Indicators, 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.07.001, (IF 3,898, AIS 1,651) (Q1 Web of Sciences)
  • Zwierzchowska I., Hof A., Ioja I.C., Mueller C., Ponizy L., Breuste J., Mizgajski A. (2018) Multi-Scale Assessment of Cultural Ecosystem Services of Parks in Central European Cities, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 30(3), 84-97, 10.1016/j.ufug.2017.12.017, (IF 2,113, AIS 1,497) (Q1 Web of Sciences)
  • Hossu C.A., Ioja I.C., Nita M.R., Hartel T., Badiu D.L., Hersperger A.M. (2017) Need for a cross-sector approach in protected area management. Land Use Policy, 69, 586-597, 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.10.012 (IF 3,089, AIS 1,218) (Q1 Web of Sciences)
  • Artmann M., Chen X., Ioja C., Hof A., Onose D., Ponizy L., Lamovsek A.Z., Breuste J. (2017), The role of urban green spaces in care facilities for elderly people across European cities, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 27, 203-213, 10.1016/j.ufug.2017.08.007, (IF 2,113, AIS 1,497) (Q1 Web of Sciences)