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Andrea Vargiu
- - Joined February 25, 2021
Main Expertise
Education and Training
Other expertise
Government and Public Administration
Highest Educational Qualification
Doctorate or higher
Biographical Info
Andrea Vargiu is associate professor of Sociology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Sassari (Italy) and President of the MA Course in Social work and Social policies. He coordinates the Foist Laboratory for Social Policies and Training Processes. The Foist Lab was founded in 1977 by Prof. Alberto Merler to promote equitable co-operation between community and university. Foist is partner of Living Knowledge network, the international network of Science Shops. Andrea has been recently appointed as Rector’s delegate for Third mission (Humanities and Social Sciences area) of the University of Sassari. Andrea has a solid record in action research and CBR. He studies civic engagement of universities, social policies and organized solidarity. His research activities have led him for the past few years to strongly engage his working group with citizens and civil society actors in a disadvantaged community of Sassari where a participatory platform for change through social innovation and integration (PISA) has been developed with the residents. Consistently with the Chart of Sassari for Community-University alliance, this has led to durable and equitable community-university co-operation. Andrea has been involved in EU funded projects such as PERARES - Public Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society (7thFP) and, more recently, EnRRICH - Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher education (H2020, WP6 coordinator). Presently in Allthings.BioPRO – Game changere for the bio-based economy (H2020). He co-ordinates the Italian hub of the K4C – Knowledge for Change programme which is led by the UNESCO chair in Community Based Research and Responsibility of Higher Education. In the last few years he has co-ordinated impact evaluation of large and medium sized projects to contrast educational poverty in Italy. Authored or co-authored some ten books all in Italian, as well as several papers mainly in Italian, English and French. Within ESA – European Sociological Association he has acted as Coordinator of RN27 – Research Network on Southern European Societies for two mandates. He has served as Member of the National Board of AIS – Italian Sociological Association from 2004 to 2007.