The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Jacopo Custodi

PhD candidate

Jacopo Custodi is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Sociology at Scuola Normale Superiore. His research interests cover left-wing politics, radical left parties and left-wing populism, mostly in Southern Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. His current research project focuses on patriotism within radical left parties in Spain, Portugal and France.

Jacopo obtained a BA in Political Science (University of Pavia); a MA in Economics, Politics and International Institutions (University of Pavia) and a MA in Political Philosophy (Pompeu Fabra University – Barcelona). He also studied at the University of Edinburgh, University of Lisbon and University of Santiago de Compostela.

Research interests: radical left parties, Left-wing Populism, nationalism, and Post-Marxism



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.