Andra is pursuing a part-time doctorate in International Relations at University of Cambridge, focusing on the geopolitics of the Black Sea. She previously worked for the British Army, specialising in operational research, and think-tanks such as the Foreign Policy Centre, RUSI (Whitehall, London) and RAND Europe. Since 2018, and in a bid to change the outlook, Andra has dedicated herself to researching diaspora, civil society and good governance issues. She is particularly interested in social networks and their strategic capacity to effect change. She believes in societal transformation through civic participation and accountability. She also believes, quite strongly, in the civic identity and voluntary spirit of her fellow Romanians. Their astonishing capacity to mobilise for social justice truly inspired her to contribute.