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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Raffaele Bazurli

PhD candidate

Raffaele was born in Gubbio (Italy, 1989). Since November 2015, he is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, under the supervision of prof. Donatella della Porta and the co-supervision of prof. Manuela Caiani. He is currently visiting the Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He mainly works at the intersection between public policy and social movement studies, adopting both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. His PhD dissertation concerns migration policy, as well as social movements by, in solidarity with, and against migrants – especially in the context of South European cities. He earned a BSc in Economics and Management for Arts, Culture and Communication at Bocconi University, Milan, where he graduated in 2011 with a thesis on Max Weber’s political thought. At the same university, in 2014, he got a MSc (cum laude) in Economics and Management of Public Administration and International Institutions, also spending a semester at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. For his master thesis, he extensively studied the protests against the New Turin-Lyon Line, an infrastructural project involving Italy and France, looking at the patterns of political participation and their policy outcomes. In 2013-2015 he worked as a teaching and research assistant at Bocconi University. There, he participated at various research projects funded by the EU on public administration, social innovation, and civic engagement.

Research interests: public policy, Immigration, Contentious politics, Local government, and urban politics

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News

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.