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Alice Mattoni

Research Fellow

Alice Mattoni is Assistant Professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore, where she works as the Principal Investigator of the research project PiCME – Political participation in Complex Media Environments: A Multi-Level and Multi-Method Approach funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research through the grant S.I.R. – Scientific Independence of young Researchers.

She has been a Research Fellow of the Centre on Social Movement Studies – COSMOS since 2013. There, she investigates social movement and civil society actors struggling against corruption and organized crime in the framework of the ANTICORRPT project, funded by the European Commission. She co-directs the COSMOS Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilization that runs every other year, starting in September 2013 and the Social Movement and Media Technologies seminars, organized together with the Centre of Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmisths University of London.

She is one of the editors of Interface, a journal for and about social movements and of Partecipazione e Conflitto – Participation and Conflict, two open-access and peer reviewed online publication. From 2011 to 2015 sge served as co-convener of the Standing Group on Participation and Mobilization at the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR), in which I she is now serving as one of the members of the Steering Committee. She also participates in the activities of the research group New Media and On-line Politics based at the Istituto Carlo Cattaneo.

From January 2011 to December 2012, Alice has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. She has a Master of Research and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, where she discussed her thesis in 2009. She graduated in Communication Sciences (Mass Communication) at the University of Padua, in 2003.

Research interests: precarious workers and their struggles, anti-corruption and organized crime protests, online political campaigning, qualitative research methods, and digital research methods

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News

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

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.

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.