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



Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.


Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.


Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019


Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.