Mario Diani is professor of Sociology at the University of Trento, which he joined in 2001 and where he served as head of the Department of Sociology and social research and as dean of the Faculty of Sociology. Earlier, he was Chair of Sociology at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (1996-2001), where he served as head of the Department of Government. Between 2010 and 2012 he was ICREA Research Professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.
His articles have appeared in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Theory and Society, Social Networks, Sociological Review, Acta Sociologica, European Journal of Social Theory, and Mobilization.
Recent or current research projects address the structure of civic urban networks in Cape Town, network theories of social movements and collective action, the structure of civil society in British cities, participation in the 2003 anti-war protests in Western democracies, social capital and multicultural democracy, global networks of mobilization on communication rights.