The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Alessandra Lo Piccolo

PhD candidate

Alessandra Lo Piccolo is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore, and a member of the Center on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS). Her research interests lie in the field of political sociology, and she has worked on themes such as voting behaviour and populist radical right parties.

Her PhD project aims at investigating political corruption and the impact of social movements forms of mobilization in the field of anti-corruption.

Alessandra holds a B.A. in Sociology (University of Bologna), a Master’s degree in Sociology and Social Research (University of Trento), and an Msc in Sociology (Tilburg University).

Research interests: political sociology, social movements, political corruption, anti-corruption movements, and mixed methods



Call for Papers - Social Movements and Parties in a Fractured Media Landscape

The call for papers is now open for a two-day symposium held under the auspices of the journal ‘Information, Communication & Society’ (iCS) at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, 1-2 July 2019.


A dialogue on labour, trade unions and conflicts

On the 22nd of March, from 4pm to 7pm, Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Maurizio Landini (Secretary General of CGIL) will discuss about labour, trade unions and conflicts.


Applications now open! Third Edition of the Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilisation

Applicants must send their application materials no later than March the 17th 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.