The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Valerii Saenko

PhD candidate

Having degrees in development studies and business administration I decided to design an interdisciplinary research focusing on multinational corporations and their role in modern society specifically in development efforts. In my research I study the relations between local communities and multinational corporations where the latter are acting as de facto governments. Such relations raise a lot of questions regarding the power as (political) representation of local communities to influence corporate policy and practice.

More specifically I look at the mechanisms and theoretical concepts that organise and describe these relations such as Contract Farming and Corporate Social Responsibility. My main focus is on how companies work with local communities in the Global South with a specific case of sugar cane farming in Tanzania.

Research interests: power dynamics, local institutions, corporate social responsibility, inequality, and contract farming



Call for Papers - Social Movements and Parties in a Fractured Media Landscape

The call for papers is now open for a two-day symposium held under the auspices of the journal ‘Information, Communication & Society’ (iCS) at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, 1-2 July 2019.


A dialogue on labour, trade unions and conflicts

On the 22nd of March, from 4pm to 7pm, Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Maurizio Landini (Secretary General of CGIL) will discuss about labour, trade unions and conflicts.


Applications now open! Third Edition of the Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilisation

Applicants must send their application materials no later than March the 17th 2019.


Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

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.