Valerie Visanich B.A. (Hons) (Melit), M.A. (Melit.), Ph.D. (Lough.) completed her doctoral studies in Sociology from Loughborough University. She is a resident lecturer in Sociology at the Department of Sociology, University of Malta. Her research interests are in the Sociology of the Arts and Cultural Sociology. Valerie is chair of the European Sociological Association, Research Network Sociology of Art (RN2)and the co-founder and chairperson of the Malta Sociological Association (VO/1323). She is part of the steering committee, established by the Ministry of Culture in Malta, to formulate the new Cultural Policy (2020-2025).
Valerie is the local convener within the Department of Sociology, University of Malta, in hosting of the European Sociological Association midterm conference, in Malta in 2018. She carried out high-level independent research, including in her role as project leader for PKF (Malta) for a number of national tendered projects, namely the compilation of the Economic, Social and Cultural Plan (ESC Plan) for the Administrative Regions of Gozo and Central Malta.
Recent academic publications include articles in journals Contemporary Social Science (Routledge), Sage Open (Sage), and City, Culture and Society (Elsevier).
LAS2019 - Popular Culture: Sixties Britain to Contemporary Times
SOC1012 - Introducing Research Methods in the Social Sciences