The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Grzegorz Piotrowski

I graduated from social anthropology and philosophy at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. I wrote my doctoral dissertation at the European University Institute in Florence Italy. The thesis, entitled “Alterglobalism in Postsocialism. A Study of Central and Eastern European Activists” was supervised by prof. Donatella della Porta and was defended in July 2011. In my PhD I focused on what kind of challenges alterglobal activists face in a post socialist environment and how they were trying to adapt and translate alterglobal ideas into local cultural settings. After my PhD studies I was a Junior Fellow at the Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Studies in Budapest, Hungary and later I worked as a research assistant for prof. Kerstin Jacobsson from Sodertorns University from Stockholm. I was hired for a project comparing Swedish, Polish and Russian pro-animal rights activists. Since January 2012 I am a research associate at Sodertorns University working for a project “Anarchists in the East and in the West” in which we are comparing anarchist activists from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland and Russia.

Research interests  : social movements, anarchism, squatting, alterglobalism, civil society

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