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 - International Conference on Feminist Alliances

The conference will focus on the role played by discourses, practices and politics in the construction and political consequences of feminist alliances with inequalities defined by class, race/ethnicity, citizenship, age, disability and sexuality.


Call for Papers - International Conference The Contentious Politics of Solidarity

The conference will focus on the contestation of acts of solidarity by counter-movements and the state, as well as on resistance to it by migrant and pro-migrant movements.


Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

The criminalization of protest is growing: there are many signals of this both in ‘hybrid’ regimes and in democratic countries. In this interview, Donatella della Porta discusses the dynamics and consequences of such trend.


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.

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.