Dr Valerie Visanich

Dr Valerie Visanich

Dr Valerie Visanich


Senior Lecturer

Room 130
Old Humanities (OH)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2238
Valerie Visanich, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, at the University of Malta. She is on the Board of the Research Network on the Sociology of the Arts, European Sociological Association, and previously served as Chair for the Network. During her role as chair, she convened the ESA's international conference for the Research Networks Sociology of the Arts (RN2) and Sociology of Culture (RN7).

Valerie worked on a number of national tendered projects including acting as the project leader for the ‘Strategy for Culture for all Regions in Malta and Gozo’ and for the 'Economic, Social and Cultural Plan' (ESC Plan) for the administrative regions of Gozo and Central Malta, as part of the National Reform Programme Plan (NRP).

She is one of the authors of Malta’s national Cultural Policy (2020-2025) and forms part of the International Cultural Policy Transformations working group based in Zeppelin University, Germany.

Locally, she is the co-founder, a board member, and served as chair, of the Malta Sociological Association.

Her research interests are within the field of Sociology of the Arts, Cultural Policy, Generational studies and Sociology of Emotions. Her latest published work is her monograph entitled 'Education, Individualization and Neoliberalism: Youth in Southern Europe' (Bloomsbury). She is a co-editor (with Victoria Alexander and Christopher Mathieu), of the forthcoming book series 'The Sociology and Management of the Arts' (Routledge).

VISANICH, V., 2020. Education, Individualization and Neoliberalism. London: Bloomsbury.

VISANICH, V., 2018. Autonomy & Anxiety: Changes in the Lived Experiences of young women in Malta. Sage Open, January-March, pp. 1-10.

VISANICH, V., 2017. The Arts in Small State: The Case of Malta. In: A. CASTIGLIONI and S. FRANGI, eds, Opacity. Postmedia books: Milan, pp. 79-85.

VISANICH, V., 2017. Increased Particpation in the Festa - A Manifestation of Cultural Omnivores? In: A. DEBATTISTA and G. VELLA, eds, Perspectives on Cultrual Participation in Malta. Arts Council Malta, pp. 57-72.

VISANICH, V., 2017. The Structure-Agency Interplay: Sociology of the Arts in Malta. Antae, 4(2-3), pp. 231-242.

VISANICH, V., 2017. Youth in the Age of Anxiety: The Case of a Southern European Location. Contemporary Social Science, 12(3), pp. 1-14.

VISANICH, V. and SANT, T., 2017. Establishing a Creative Identity: Branding a Creative Space. City, Culture and Society, 12(3), pp. 33-45.

VISANICH, V., 2016. The Arts. In: M. BRIGUGLIO and M. BROWN, eds, Sociology in Malta. Miller, Luqa, pp. 259-272.

VISANICH, V., 2016. Consumerism and Leisure. In: M. BRIGUGLIO and M. BROWN, eds, Sociology in Malta. Miller, Luqa, pp. 273-286.

VISANICH, V., 2015. Festa Fandom, Individualised Youth and Cultural Consumption. In: A. AZZOPARDI, ed, Young People and the Festa in Malta. Best Press, pp. 89-108.

VISANICH, V., 2014. The Social Construction of Artistic Expression - A Journey of Two Artists. In: L. LAGANA, ed, Two Generations of Artistic Families. APS Bank, B'Kara, pp. 113-125.

VISANICH, V., 2013. Changes in the Transition from Dependency to Independency: Shifts in Youths’ School to Work Transition’, 7th International Academic Conference Conference proceedings, 1-4 September 2013 2013, International Institute of Social and Economic Science, pp. 771-785.

VISANICH, V., 2012. Generational Habitus of Youth During the 'Swinging' Sixties. A Case Study. Journal of Maltese History, 3(1), pp. 33-45.

VISANICH, V., 2009. Maltese Youth - A Brief Overview. In: J. CUTAJAR and G. CASSAR, eds, Social Transitions in Maltese Society. Miller, Luqa, pp. 199-206.

  • CIS5223 - Concepts, Techniques and Practical Aspects of Scientific Research
  • SOC1012 - Introducing Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • SOC2013 - Classical Sociology
  • SOC2066 - Sociology of Music
  • SOC2069 - Sociology of Emotions
  • SOC2073 - Visual Sociology
  • SOC3001 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1
  • SOC3002 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2
  • SOC3003 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1 - Theory and Institutions
  • SOC3004 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2 - Methodology and Applied
  • SOC5001 - Assimilating and Appraising the Literature
  • SOC5002 - Data Analysis
  • SOC5012 - Principles of Research Design
  • SOC5018 - Research Analysis in Practice
  • SOC5020 - Reflective Analysis for Professional Development
  • SST3001 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1
  • SST3002 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2