The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Aidan McGarry


Dr Aidan McGarry is a Reader in International Politics at the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University, London. His research focuses on social movements, protest, political voice, and marginalised communities. He is the author of five books including Who Speaks for Roma? (Continuum: London); The Identity Dilemma: Social Movements and Collective Identity (edited with James Jasper: Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 2015); and Romaphobia: The Last Acceptable Racism in Europe (Zed: London, 2017). He is currently co-editing a book The Aesthetics of Global Protest: Visual Culture and Communication (Amsterdam University Press, 2019). His research has been
published in leading international journals including Ethnopolitics, Social Movement Studies, Ethnic and Migration Studies, Critical Social Policy and Ethnicities. He was Principal Investigator of an AHRC funded international project 'The Aesthetics of Protest: Visual Culture and Communication in Turkey’(www.aestheticsofprotest.com) which ran from 2016-2018. Aidan was previously a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York in 2013 and at COSMOS, Florence in November 2017. He is currently (2018-2019) a EURIAS/Marie Curie Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Amsterdam, where is writing a book on political voice.

Research interests: marginalized groups, protest, ROMA, political violence, and aesthetics



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

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.

Journal Article - 2019

The Modern Prince and the Sociological Imagination

Riccardo Emilio Chesta, Michael Burawoy
Michael Burawoy in Conversation with Riccardo Emilio Chesta