The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Hans Jonas Gunzelmann

PhD candidate

Jonas is a PhD Candidate in Political Science and Sociology at Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) and a member of COSMOS. His dissertation is about organizational change in the Catalan Independence Movement. Studying activist narratives, his research addresses the question of how organizational practices in social movements change during phases of intense contention. He is specifically interested in the role of deliberation and decision-making in movement assemblies.

Before coming to SNS, Jonas obtained an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Marburg with a thesis on gender and deliberative practices in cooperative organizations. He completed his undergraduate education at the Complutense University Madrid and the University of Marburg, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science.

During the academic year 2014-15, Jonas was a visiting graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a Hessen-Wisconsin scholarship. In fall 2018, he was a visiting researcher at the University of Barcelona.

Jonas has also worked for the transparency organization Parliamentwatch.

Research interests: Meeting Interaction, democratic theory, Critical Theory, and qualitative research methods



Call for Papers - International Conference on Feminist Alliances

The conference will focus on the role played by discourses, practices and politics in the construction and political consequences of feminist alliances with inequalities defined by class, race/ethnicity, citizenship, age, disability and sexuality.


Call for Papers - International Conference The Contentious Politics of Solidarity

The conference will focus on the contestation of acts of solidarity by counter-movements and the state, as well as on resistance to it by migrant and pro-migrant movements.


Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

The criminalization of protest is growing: there are many signals of this both in ‘hybrid’ regimes and in democratic countries. In this interview, Donatella della Porta discusses the dynamics and consequences of such trend.


Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.