The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Mark CJ Stoddart – “Co-Existence or Conflict? The Role of Environmental Movements in the Oil-Tourism Interface in the North Atlantic”

On April 12th at 11am, Prof. Mark CJ Stoddart will present a paper on environmental movements in the oil-tourism interface.

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Prof. Mark CJ Stoddart will present a paper on environmental movements in the oil-tourism interface. The concept of the oil-tourism interface points to the ways in which tourism and oil are related. This often takes subtle, often mundane forms, such as the carbon footprint of tourist travel, or the impacts of climate change on tourism environments. However, contact points between tourism and oil can also come emerge through controversies over oil development in tourist destination areas. The project, “The Oil-Tourism Interface and Social-Ecological Change in the North Atlantic” takes a comparative approach to understand how societies in Atlantic Canada, Norway, Iceland, Scotland and Denmark navigate the relationship between oil extraction and nature-based tourism development as visions for living with coastal environments. This presentation focuses on the role that environmental movements play in intervening in the oil-tourism interface in three of the case study regions: Atlantic Canada, Norway, and Iceland. As a comparison of these cases shows, environmental movements can align with nature-based tourism in opposition to oil extraction, but this is more likely when new oil exploration and development is proposed in regions that already have a well-established tourism industry that relies on wilderness and wildlife as key attractors. The relevance of social movement for public policy related to offshore oil and nature-based tourism development in these regions will also be discussed.





"Standing up for Science" - a documentary by Dieter Rucht

A documentary by Dieter Rucht on the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C. - now available on YouTube.


COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series


Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the 1st Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), the European Council for Political Research (ECPR), and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).


Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Journal Article - 2017

Reshaping Citizenship through Collective Action: Performative and Prefigurative Practices in the 2013–2014 Cycle of Contention in Bosnia & Hercegovina

Chiara Milan
This essay analyses the strategic practices adopted by social movement actors during the 2013 and 2014 mobilisations in Bosnia & Hercegovina. By bridging critical citizenship studies with literature on social movements, it classifies them as belonging to the realm of activist citizenship, but also as having a performative and prefigurative dimension.