The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Martín Portos García

PhD candidate

Martin was born in A Coruña (Spain, 1989). He holds a degree in Political Science and Administration from the University of Santiago de Compostela: first in his cohort and best academic performance in all disciplines at the regional level in 2011 (9.94 out of 10.00 and 3.98 in the 0-4 Spanish scale). He was an exchange student during a full academic year at the University of Westminster (London, UK; 2009-2010) and, additionally, he was awarded an Excellence Scholarship by the Galician regional Ministry to collaborate as a researcher in the project ‘Among Monarchy and Nation’ at the USC. He has attended to diverse complementary courses organized by the University of Muenster (Germany), CEACS (Fundación Juan March, Madrid), UIMP, etc. In addition, he has been an intern with the advisers of the cabinet of the Galician regional Ministry of Presidency, Public Administration and Justice (10/2010-02/2011). He has also gained an MSc in Politics Research (Comparative Government) at the University of Oxford (UK), for which he was granted a full scholarship by Fundación Caja Madrid (10/2011-09/2012). Since October 2012, he is enrolled as a full-time PhD researcher in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute at Florence (Italy), working under the supervision of Prof. Donatella della Porta. His main areas of interest are: comparative politics, European comparative politics and governments, social movements, collective action and contentious politics, democratic quality and democratization processes, politics and territorial organization, nationalism and federalism. His mother tongues are Galician and Spanish. Besides, his working languages are English, French and Portuguese; he also has a basic command of Italian and German. Finally, he has a good command of SPSS, STATA and Excel.

Research interests: indignados, social movements, crisis of representation, and trust and satisfaction in democracy

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Call for Papers - Cosmos Conference "The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism"

The Centre on Social Movement Studies, directed by Professor Donatella Della Porta, calls for papers addressing the recent global wave of student protests for a two-days conference to bel held in Florence, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), on 15-16 November 2017.


Video available for the International Conference – Beyond Borders: Refugees and Struggles in Europe Mobilization, Solidarity and Political Challenges in the Long Summer of Migration

Watch the video of the International Conference – Beyond Borders, which was held at Palazzo Strozzi on May 12, 2017


Marco Deseriis wins Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government

Dr. Marco Deseriis, Marie Curie Fellow and Research Fellow at Cosmos, has won the Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government (Danube University, Krems Au Donau, Austria)


Journal Article - 2017

Comparing Digital Protest Media Imaginaries: Anti-Austerity Movements in Greece, Italy & Spain

Emiliano Treré, Sandra Jeppensen and Alice Mattoni
Drawing on 60 semi­-structured interviews with activists involved in anti-austerity protests, the article brings together social movement studies and communications theories to compare digital protest media imaginaries in Greece, Spain and Italy

Journal Article - 2017

Technopopulism: The Emergence of a Discursive Formation

Marco Deseriis
This article argues that technopopulism is an emerging discursive formation that arises from the convergence of two preexisting discourses: populism and technolibertarianism. Whereas these discourses are historically distinct the global financial crisis and the 2011 wave of struggles precipitated the political conditions for their intersection and hybridization.