I joined the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, in September 2012, as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow.
I have worked on Roma and minorities issues since 1999 in various grassroots, national and international environments. I served as a social worker in Roma communities, as youth worker and trainer for young people belonging to minority groups, and as observer of elections in West Balkans. From 2001 to 2004 I have coordinated European projects, including the “Roma and the Stability Pact in South-Eastern Europe” and “Roma use your ballot wisely,” of the OSCE/ODIHR. From 2005 to 2012, I was the Executive Director of Romani CRISS, a leading NGO that defends and promotes the rights of Roma in Romania.
I completed my PHD focusing on early childhood development of Roma children at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bucharest in 2012. My research was coordinated by Prof. Dr. Iulia Motoc.
Margareta Matache and David Mark, “Confined by narrow choices: the stories of Roma adolescents,” in Jacqueline Bhabha, ed., Realizing Adolescent Rights (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming)
Margareta Matache, “Early childhood development of Roma children: ideas, policies, instruments”, PHD thesis coordinated by prof. Iulia Motoc, University of Bucharest, 2012
Margareta Matache, “Gender equality, sense of belonging, both?,” in Iulia Motoc, ed., Women’s rights: from regional to universal in human rights-Essays in honor of Justice Bhagwati (University of Bucharest Publishing House, 2009)