The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Prisicilla Álamos-Concha

Visiting Scholar

I am PhD candidate in Political Science at the Université catholique de Louvain. Currently I am Visiting PhD student at EUI under the supervision of Mrs. Donatella Della Porta, studying the Political Violence (theoretical & empirical) under a comparative approach.My PhD thesis addresses the causes and mechanisms of the mass mobilization in overthrowing political regimes in MENA countries in a micro-macro level. I develop a Multi-Method Research Design, combining Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Process-Tracing (PT), in order to find out different pathways that contribute to the outcome, and to explore the causal forces between those configurations and the outcome, respectively. I have been Visiting PhD student at the Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA) as well as Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) of the University of Exeter, under the supervision of the Dr. Jonathan Githens-Mazer. In both experiences I focused on the role of the agency, memories and ethnicity in the collective action, specifically in a micro-level. I am also engaged in the COMPASSS international research group  on systematic comparative methods led by prof. Benoît Rihoux (UCLouvain) and whose works is being published in Political Research Quarterly 2013, 66(1) and Revue International de Politique Comparée 2013 (forthcoming).


Research interests: Social Movements & Revolution, Middle East & North Africa, Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Social Research Methods, and Concepts in Social Sciences



"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.