The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Katarína Lukáčová

PhD candidate

Katarína is a PhD. Student in Transnational Governance at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence. Katarína particularly interested in fields such as European affairs, work organization or social dialogue initiatives.

Katarína has previous experience in researching industrial relations at Central European Labour Studies Institute, where she was focused on processing policy briefs and quantitative measurement of the most frequent topics discussed in European social dialogue (under European Commission EESDA VS/2017/0434). She holds a Master Degree in Economic Diplomacy at University of Economics in Bratislava. In her master thesis she analysed the Values of Europeans and their relation to the European Single Market, with deeper focus on Labour as significant value.

Her current research aims to explore the influence of technological innovations on the changes in governance and policy-making through social partners’ initiatives and policy-makers’ strategies in Visegrad countries. Particularly, the focus is on the role of governance in terms of the welfare policies, such as pension policies and employment policies.

Research interests: industrial relations, employment policies, social dialogue, and European policies



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.