The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Louisa Parks


External Collaborator

Louisa Parks is a lecturer at the School of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Lincoln, UK. She completed her PhD, a study on the impacts of social movement campaigns at the European Union level, in early 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Donatella della Porta. Louisa has also worked on the Subterranean Politics in Europe project focusing on protest in Italy under the financial crisis in 2011, as a parliamentary researcher in the European Parliament, and as an academic editor and translator. She has published work on accountability in the EU, protest in the EU, tracing the impacts of transnational movements, protest in Italy in 2011, and (forthcoming) framing in the climate movement.

Research interests: transnational social movements, European Union, civil society, frame analysis, and political process theory

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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.