Mihai Varga is a research fellow in sociology at the Eastern Europe Institute, Freie Universität Berlin. He was a Max Weber Fellow in 2011-2012 and has finished his doctoral studies at the Sociology Department of the University of Amsterdam with a dissertation on the political economy and sociology of labor relations in the post-communist context (February 2011).
Generally his research focuses on problems of interest representation and consequences for quality of democracy. Other areas of interest and/or teaching include employment relations, the development of the European Social and Employment Policy, of the European Neighborhood Policy, International Political Economy, sociology of social movements and in particular of the labor movement, qualitative research design, the post-communist far right.