The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Lorenzo Bosi

Research Fellow

Lorenzo Bosi is Assistant Professor (Ricercatore a Tempo Determinato) in Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore. He has received his Ph.D. in politics from Queen’s University, Belfast, in 2005 and is the past recipient of the ECRC (University of Kent), Jean Monnet and Marie Curie (EUI) post-doctorate fellowships. He is a political sociologist pursuing comparative analysis into the cross-disciplinary fields of social movements and political violence. He has directed and collaborated on a number of national and international research projects on topics relating to social movements, political violence, and political participation.

Since 2013, he is a Research Fellow of the Centre on Social Movement Studies – COSMOS at the European University Institute till January 2014 and now hosted by the Scuola Normale Superiore. Since 2014, he is also part of the editorial boards of the academic journals Mobilization and Partecipazione e Conflitto – Participation and Conflict. He is one of the two chairs of the Social Movements SN at the European Sociological Association (ESA).

For the next years his main research agenda is to investigate those socio-spatial relations between armed groups and their constituencies that drive shifting forms of political violence. In doing so he will seek to develop an analytical framework based on the notion of socio-spatial relation, which integrates sociological and geographical dimensions.

Research interests: political violence, qualitative research, political sociology, and social movements outcomes

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"Standing up for Science" - a documentary by Dieter Rucht

A documentary by Dieter Rucht on the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C. - now available on YouTube.


COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series


Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the 1st Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), the European Council for Political Research (ECPR), and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).


Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Journal Article - 2017

Reshaping Citizenship through Collective Action: Performative and Prefigurative Practices in the 2013–2014 Cycle of Contention in Bosnia & Hercegovina

Chiara Milan
This essay analyses the strategic practices adopted by social movement actors during the 2013 and 2014 mobilisations in Bosnia & Hercegovina. By bridging critical citizenship studies with literature on social movements, it classifies them as belonging to the realm of activist citizenship, but also as having a performative and prefigurative dimension.