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Aberto Vannucci

Alberto Vannucci is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pisa. His latest books are Atlante della corruzione (Edizioni gruppo Abele, 2012), The Hidden Order of Corruption (Ashgate 2012, with Donatella Della Porta), Nero, grigio, sommerso: attori e politiche per l’emersione del lavoro irregolare (Felici 2009), Mani impunite. Vecchia e nuova corruzione in Italia […]

Salvatore Sberna

Research associate at the EUI from May 2012 for the project on “Anticorruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption”, directed by Bo Rothstein (FP 7). I am coordinator of the post-graduate ‘APC Program’ on Analysis, Prevention and Control of Organized Crime and Corruption, organized by the Department of Political and […]

Eduardo Romanos

External Collaborator Eduardo Romanos is a Ramón y Cajal Fellow in the Department of Sociology I (Social Change) at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has previously been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Trento, Italy, and a Juan de la Cierva Fellow at the Universidad Pública de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. Eduardo received his […]

Daniel Ritter

External Collaborator Daniel Ritter received his PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2010 after his completing his dissertation, “Why the Iranian Revolution was Nonviolent: Internationalized Social Change and the Iron Cage of Liberalism,” under the guidance of Mounira Charrad and Lester Kurtz. He spent the 2010/11 and 2011/12 academic […]

Herbert Reiter

Herbert Reiter is Research Associate at the European University Institute. He received his Pd.D. in history from the European University Institute (1988). He has published on the history of political asylum, the policing of protest, and the global justice movement. His current research focuses on the workers’ movement in democratization processes and on the comparative […]

Emin Poljarevic

External Collaborator Emin Poljarevic holds a PhD from the European University Institute. His current research interests intersect between social movement studies, studies of state repression, and dynamics of social motivations. He has published widely on social mobilization through political Islam in the MENA region and Salafism as a broad religious movement. His forthcoming volume on […]

Linda Lund Pedersen

Linda Lund Pedersen is a research associate at the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at the European University Institute. She is involved in the comparative research project on the public debates surrounding the Charlie Hebdo attacks, led by Prof. Donatella Della Porta. Simultaneously she is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Sociology and […]

Louisa Parks

External Collaborator Louisa Parks is a lecturer at the School of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Lincoln, UK. She completed her PhD, a study on the impacts of social movement campaigns at the European Union level, in early 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Donatella della Porta. Louisa has also worked on […]

Francis O’ Connor

Francis Patrick O’ Connor is from a rural area close to Limerick city in the south west of Ireland. He studied Sociology/Politics and Italian at NUI Galway and subsequently completed a Masters on Middle East Politics in SOAS. He defended his PhD thesis “Armed Social Movements and Insurgency. The PKK and its Communities of Support” at the European […]

Georgia Mavrodi

Georgia Mavrodi graduated in International Relations and Political Studies from the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki. She holds a Master of Arts in European Studies from the University of Bath and the Humboldt University of Berlin; and a Master of Research in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence, where she also earned […]

Alice Mattoni

Alice Mattoni is a research associate in the Centre for Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at the European University Institute, working with the ANTICORRP research team. Before joining COSMOS, she has been a Postdoctoral Associate Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Alice obtained her Master of Research and PhD in Political and […]

Hara Kouki

Hara Kouki is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at the European University Institute. She is currently involved in a research project on the social movements and political parties in times of crisis focusing on the case of Syriza in Greece. Hara is a historian and received her PhD from […]

Cesar Guzman-Concha

Research Associate, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze Cesar Guzman-Concha is a research fellow in the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa), at the Istituto di Scienze Umani e Sociali in Florence. He earned his PhD in Sociology from the University of Barcelona (2012), in the European PhD in Socioeconomic and Statistical Studies, after receiving a MA in Latin […]

Tiago Fernandes

Assistant professor of political science at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). He is the regional coordinator for Southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece) and France of the project Varieties of Democracy, directed by Michael Coppedge, based at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, U.S.A. He also codirects the project “Civil […]

Andrea Felicetti

Andrea is a Research Associate at the Center on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS). In 2014, he earned his PhD at the School of Politics and International Relations, Australian National University. During his PhD research he worked as a member of the Center for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance under the supervision of Prof. John Dryzek, […]

News

10/01/2022

SNS announces 14 fully-funded PhD positions

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The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy is pleased to announce 14 PhD fellowships beginning on November 1, 2022.

16/07/2021

Prof. della Porta to lead VolkswagenStiftung-funded ECSEuro project

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Reflecting the European challenge of transnational cooperation and multiple crises, this project asks how local political initiatives across Europe enact citizenship and solidarity and contribute to the vision of a more democratic Europe from below.

09/07/2021

SNS announces 7 fully-funded PhD positions

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The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore announces 7 fully-funded PhD positions. Deadline for applications: 21 August 2021.

28/09/2020

Four post-doctoral research positions on the pandemic

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The Scuola Normale Superiore announces four post-doctoral positions to be activated as part of the research project “After the coronavirus pandemic: The effects of the health emergency on society and knowledge.” 

26/02/2020

CFP Athens conference "Capitalism, Democracy, Contention: A Decade of Crisis" 13-15 May 2020

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Aspiring to shed light on the Greek experience in the era of crisis in a comparative, inter-disciplinary perspective, the Laboratory on Contentious Politics (Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Athens), the Centre on Social Movement Studies (Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence) and the Hellenic Political Science Association are organizing an international conference to be held at Panteion University, on 13, 14 and 15 May 2020.

12/12/2019

Prof. Donatella Della Porta to Be Awarded Honorary PhD

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On Friday 13, 2019, the University of the Peloponnese (PSIR) will award an honorary doctorate to Professor Donatella Della Porta, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore.

Publications

Journal Article - 2022

Populists in power and conspiracy theories

Andrea Pirro & Paul Taggart
Looking at three cases of populists in government – Orbán in Hungary, Trump in the United States, and Chávez in Venezuela – we examine the definition of conspiring elites (who), the circumstances under which conspiracy theories are propagated (when), and the ultimate purpose of conspiratorial framing (why).

Monograph - 2022

Resisting the Backlash: Street Protest in Italy

Donatella della Porta, Niccolò Bertuzzi, Daniela Chironi, Chiara Milan, Martín Portos & Lorenzo Zamponi
Drawing interview material, together with extensive data from the authors’ original social movement database, this book examines the development of social movements in resistance to perceived political "regression" and a growing right-wing backlash.

Journal Article - 2022

The mobilization for spatial justice in divided societies. Urban commons, trust reconstruction and socialist memory in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Chiara Milan
The article contributes to the urban studies literature and the study of social movements in divided societies by disclosing the distinctive features and mobilizing potential that the notion of urban commons retains in a war-torn society with a socialist legacy.

Journal Article - 2022

Casting a new light on the democratic spectator

Andrea Felicetti
Scholarship in relation to democratic theory tends to see spectatorship as a state in which citizens are politically uninterested, isolated, and passive. In this article, the author shows that positive spectatorship occurs when citizens show an interest in one or more political problems and, together with others, strive to understand them better.

Journal Article - 2022

Far right: The significance of an umbrella concept

Andrea Pirro
This contribution makes the case for a shift in boundaries between the (populist) radical right and the extreme right, arguing for the systematic use of the term ‘far right’.

Journal Article - 2022

Performing (during) the Coronavirus crisis: The Italian populist radical right between national opposition and subnational government

Andrea Pirro
The first year of COVID-19 confirmed the standing of the populist radical right in Italy. While sitting in opposition at the national level, Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy and Matteo Salvini's League shared common criticism of the Conte II government but experienced diverging trajectories in terms of popularity. These changes can be partly attributed to the different agency of their leaderships. Overall and collectively considered, the Italian populist radical right broke even during the first year of COVID-19, but the crisis exposed the first cracks in Salvini's leadership.

Monograph - 2022

Contentious Politics in Emergency Critical Junctures

Donatella della Porta
Based on existing research on the first phases of the pandemic Covid-19, this Element addresses the ways in with the health emergency had an impact on the repertoire of action, the organizational networks and the collective framing of progressive social movements that adapted to the pandemic conditions and the related crises, but also tried to transform them.

Edited Volume - 2021

Contentious Migrant Solidarity. Shrinking Spaces and Civil Society Contestation

Donatella della Porta & Elias Steinhilper
Building upon social movement and migration studies, this book maps the two sides of ‘contentious solidarity’: a shrinking civic space and its contestation by civil society.

Journal Article - 2021

Learning from Democratic Practices: New Perspectives in Institutional Design

Andrea Felicetti
Drawing from literature on democratic practices in social movements and democratic innovations, the article illustrates three ways to advance institutional design in the wake of the systemic turn.

Journal Article - 2021

Far-right protest mobilisation in Europe: Grievances, opportunities and resources

Pietro Castelli Gattinara, Caterina Froio & Andrea Pirro
In this article, we bridge previous research on the far right and social movements to advance hypotheses on the drivers of far-right protest mobilisation based on grievances, opportunities and resource mobilisation models. We use an original dataset combining novel data on 4,845 far-right protest events in 11 East and West European countries (2008–2018), with existing measures accounting for the (political, economic and cultural) context of mobilisation.