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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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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.

16/06/2018

Martin Portos wins the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017

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Martin Portos was just awarded with the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017 with his tesis “Voicing outrage, contending with austerity. Mobilization in Spain under the Great Recession”, realized under the supervision of prof. Donatella della Porta.

18/05/2018

Donatella della Porta at the Belleuve Forum in Berlin - May 23, 2018

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On May 23rd, 2018, the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks with Donatella della Porta, Christoph Möllers and David Van Reybrouck about anti-politics, anti-establishment and the dangers of indifference to the political to address the 2018 topic of the Forum "Society without Politics - Testing Liberal Democracies".

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Comparing hybrid media systems in the digital age: A theoretical framework for analysis

Alice Mattoni and Diego Ceccobelli
The relationship between media and politics today is deeply entrenched in the wide use of information and communication technologies to the point that scholars speak about the emergence of hybrid media systems in which older and newer media logics combine. However, it is still unclear how the configuration of hybrid media systems changes across countries today, especially with regard to the interconnection between media and politics. The article develops a theoretical framework to capture such national differences.

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.