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Dr. habil. Mihai Varga

Freie Universität Berlin

Mihai Varga

Mihai Varga
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Since 2021: Research associate in Sociology, permanent position, FU Berlin

2020-3: Principal Investigator, Horizon 2020 Project “De-Radicalisation: Detect, Resolve, Integrate”

2020: Substitute professor in Sociology, FU Berlin

2012-20: Research associate in Sociology, FU Berlin



2021: Habilitation (post-doctoral degree) in Sociology, FU Berlin

2011: PhD Amsterdam University, Sociology Department

2005: MA in European Studies, Viadrina-University, Frankfurt/Oder

2003: BA in Political Science, SNSPA Bucharest


Research areas

- illiberalism

- resilience through solidarity economy and informality

- development and international organisation discourses

- poverty and collective action (peri-urban and rural populations, workers)


Representative Publications

(forthcoming) Poverty reduction through land transfers? The World Bank’s titling reforms and the making of “subsistence” agriculture, forthcoming in World Development 135, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.105058

(2020) The return of economic nationalism to East Central Europe: Right‐wing intellectual milieus and anti‐liberal resentment. Nations and Nationalism 27(1), 206-222, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nana.12660

(2020, with Katharina Bluhm). Conservative Developmental Statism in East Central Europe and Russia. New Political Economy, 25 (4), 642-659, https://doi.org/10.1080/13563467.2019.1639146

(2019, edited with Katharina Bluhm) New conservatives in Russia and Eastern Europe. New York and London: Routledge.

(2014 & 2016) Worker protests in post-communist Romania and Ukraine: Striking with tied hands. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press.