Massimiliano Vaira

Role: Professore Associato
Telephone: +39 0382 984810




Organizzazione della pubblica amministrazione [a.y. 2019/2020]
Sociologia dell'organizzazione [a.y. 2019/2020]

Office hours

Mercoledì ore 11-13


Massimiliano Vaira is Associate Professor of Sociology of Economy and Work and teaches Organization and Governance of Educational Systems, Sociological Theory, Sociology of Organization at Pavia University. He got the PhD in Sociology in 2000 at University of Milan-Statale and he carried out researches at the Department of Social Science of the University of Turin as a granted researcher from 2001 to 2004. Since 2001 he is member of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER). He is also member of the Interdepartmental Center of Studies and Researches on Higher Education Systems (CIRSIS) at Pavia University.

Research interests

Research interests are in the field of Higher Education Studies, dealing with reform policies and change processes in national and comparative perspective, based on an organizational sociology theoretical framework, focusing particularly on the following research issues:

1. Reform policies and their effects on higher education institutions' organizational structures and academic work;
2. Processes of structural differentiation and vertical stratification of higher education institutions and the related problems regarding the reletionship between elite (based on excellence rhetoric) and mass higher education;
3. Higher education and academics' work evaluation policies, practices and structures;
4. Change processes in the systemic and institutional governance;
5. Structure and dynamics of academic work and career;
6. Relationships between higher education and economic context.