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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Niccolò Bertuzzi

Research Fellow

Niccolò Bertuzzi is a PhD in Applied Sociology and Methodology of Social Research at the University of Milano-Bicocca. He also studied sociology and anthropology at the Universities of Bologna, Turin, Paris-Sorbonne, Barcelona-Pompeu Fabra and Naciònal of Bogotà, and he worked on research projects for Istat and University of Milan.

His master thesis was about the representation of body and sexuality on the Italian Catholic press. His PhD research was about Italian animal advocacy; simultaneously he followed other social movements, protests and forms of participation, and in particular the one against Expo 2015. Some of his article has been recently published in international peer review journals.

From a methodological point of view, he’s interested in mixed methods and cross-paradigmatic approach, trying to use both qualitative and quantitative techniques; he’s also interested in the relational dimension of social movements and more general social phenomena.

He has always tried to flank his academic interests with a political engagement, both institutional and non-institutional; among other associations, he’s member of ADI and was student representative at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Turin.

 

Research interests: political sociology, collective mobilization, environmental movements, and human-animal studies

News

06/10/2017

Open Democracy Post - "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

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Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. This post at Open Democracy addresses this issue from a different angle.

24/09/2017

New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

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A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

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Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Monograph - 2017

Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis

Donatella Della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos and Anna Subirats Ribas
Out now "Social movements and referendum from below", the first book that bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. It draws on social movement theory to understand the nature of popular mobilisation in referendums using unique case studies such as the referendum on independence in Scotland, the consultations on independence in Catalonia, the Italian referendum on water, the referendum on the Troika proposals in Greece and the referendum on the debt repayment in Iceland.