The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Tiago Carvalho

Research Fellow

Tiago Carvalho is a research fellow in Political Science and Sociology at Scuola Normale in Florence. He holds a PhD is Sociology from the University of Cambridge, with a thesis on the anti-austerity cycle of protest in Portugal and Spain between 2008-2015. In his dissertation, he looked at how the relations between political parties, trade unions and social movements shaped the way the cycle unfolded and subsequently led to the transformation of the political landscape, formation of new political parties and coalition shifts.

Before this Tiago received his BA and MPhil in Sociology from the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) (2009 and 2011). Before starting his PhD in Cambridge, he worked in several research projects at the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon, and the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology at the University Institute of Lisbon. He was also a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the New University of Lisbon.

At Scuola Normale Superiore, Tiago is currently working on “Understanding Populism in time of crisis: causes and consequences”.

Research interests: anti-austerity movements, populism, and European crisis

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Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.


Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.


Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019


Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.

Journal Article - 2019

The Modern Prince and the Sociological Imagination

Riccardo Emilio Chesta, Michael Burawoy
Michael Burawoy in Conversation with Riccardo Emilio Chesta