Enzo Colombo is Full Professor of Sociology of Culture and Intercultural Relations at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan, Italy. His research interests lie in everyday multiculturalism, active citizenship, cultural aspects of the globalisation process, young adults’ identification and civic participation. He has published in top peer-reviewed journals. He is author of Youth and the Politics of the Present. Coping with Complexity and Ambivalence (Routledge, 2019: eds. with P. Rebughini); Children of Immigrants in a Globalized World: A Generational Experience (Palgrave, 2012; with P. Rebughini) and Le società multiculturali (Carocci, 2011).
Paola Mattei (Ph.D. London School of Economics, 2005) is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan (2018-present). She was Associate Professor of Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, from 2010 until 2018. Her research examines comparative welfare reforms, health care and comparative education policy, with a focus of public accountability and governance reforms. She has published numerous articles on these subjects, as well as four books: Restructuring Welfare Organisations in Europe: From Democracy to Good Management? (Palgrave 2009); Secular Institutions, Islam and Education Policy. France and the U.S. in Comparative Perspective (with A. Aguilar, Palgrave, 2016); University Adaptation in Difficult Economic Times (ed., Oxford University Press, 2014); and Public Accountability and Health Care Governance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
Marco Maraffi (PhD in Sociology, University of Edinburgh, UK) is Full Professor of Sociology at the University of Milan. He has been supervising several research projects on public opinion, political culture and participation, voting behaviour, and social capital. He is currently working on three main themes: 1) the disintermediation of public opinion from traditional agencies; 2) the intergenerational transmission of attitudes; 3) Religion and secularization in Europe. In recent years he has been a Research Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Centre d’études européennes et politique comparée, Sciences Po, Paris, France (2016 and 2018) and Guest Senior Researcher, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS), Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan (2017)
Lorenzo Mosca is Full Professor of Digital Media and Datafied Society at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan. Previous to this appointment, he has been Associate Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence. He has been among the founding members of the Journal Partecipazione e Conflitto (http://siba-ese.unisalento.it/index.php/paco). He serves as associate editor of South European Society and Politics and the International Journal of E-Politics, as well as being member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Communication. His research interests lie at the intersection between political communication, political participation, and online politics. He has published articles in national and international Journals and, recently, (with D. della Porta, Joseba Fernandez and Hara Kouki) the book Movement parties in time of austerity (Polity Press, 2017).
Annalisa Murgia is Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan. In 2015-2016, she coordinated the European FP7 project GARCIA ‘Gendering the Academy and Research: Combating career Instability and Asymmetries.’ She is currently the Principal Investigator of the ERC project SHARE ‘Seizing the Hybrid Areas of work by Representing self-Employment’ (2017-2022). Her research interests include the role of subjectivity in shaping individual biographies, paying specific attention to precariousness, gender and the emerging forms of collective organising.
Francesca Pasquali is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan where she teaches political philosophy. Her research addresses methodological issues in political philosophy, such as the relationship between facts and principle, the comparison between realism and idealism, and the interplay between normative and empirical approaches. Her research interests focus also on processes of democratization, on the evaluation of authoritarian regimes, on democracy promotion and its justification. She is author of Transizioni politiche: democrazie imperfette o nuovi autoritarismi? (Egea, 2015) and of Virtuous Imbalance: Political Philosophy between Desirability and Feasibility (Ashgate, 2012).
Paola Rebughini is Full Professor of Sociology of Culture. She got a PhD in Sociology, at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales – Paris, and a European Marie Curie mobility grant as Research Fellow at the University of Warwick (UK). Her main research areas are social theory and cultural theory; sociology of migration, cultural diversity and pluralism; agency and collective action. Among her most recent publications: Youth and the politics of the present. Coping with complexity and ambivalence, Routledge, 2019 (eds. with E. Colombo); “Critical Agency and the Future of Critique” Current Sociology 66(1), 2018, pp. 3-19; “Embodied emotions between constructivism and ontologism: A reflection from the sociology of Alberto Melucci”, Social Science Information, 2018, pp. 644-661 (with A. Scribano).
Roberta Sassatelli is Full Professor of Sociology at the University of Milan (Italy). She has previously taught at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) and the University of Bologna (I). Her research focuses on the theory of consumer action, the sociology of consumer practices and the politics of contemporary consumer culture as well as the sociology of leisure and sport, the sociology of the body, sexuality and gender. She is also working on the sociology of emotions, visual studies, and ethnography. She has done empirical research on ethical consumption, consumer movements, fitness, health and active leisure, consumption and class boundaries, lifestyles and the economic crisis, fashion and gender, quality food circuits. Among her recent books you may find Italians and Food (Palgrave, 2019).
Sergio Splendore is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan (Italy). His research centers on media sociology with a deep interest in journalism studies and media production. He has authored or co-authored papers in these areas for International Journal of Press/Politics; International Journal of Public Opinion Research; Journalism; New Media & Society; Media, Culture and Society; Journalism Practice; and Sociology Compass. He is part of two international research network, The Worlds of Journalism Study and The NEPOCS-Network of European Political Communication Scholars.