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Aberto Vannucci

Alberto Vannucci is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pisa. His latest books are Atlante della corruzione (Edizioni gruppo Abele, 2012), The Hidden Order of Corruption (Ashgate 2012, with Donatella Della Porta), Nero, grigio, sommerso: attori e politiche per l’emersione del lavoro irregolare (Felici 2009), Mani impunite. Vecchia e nuova corruzione in Italia […]

Salvatore Sberna

Research associate at the EUI from May 2012 for the project on “Anticorruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption”, directed by Bo Rothstein (FP 7). I am coordinator of the post-graduate ‘APC Program’ on Analysis, Prevention and Control of Organized Crime and Corruption, organized by the Department of Political and […]

Eduardo Romanos

External Collaborator Eduardo Romanos is a Ramón y Cajal Fellow in the Department of Sociology I (Social Change) at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has previously been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Trento, Italy, and a Juan de la Cierva Fellow at the Universidad Pública de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. Eduardo received his […]

Daniel Ritter

External Collaborator Daniel Ritter received his PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2010 after his completing his dissertation, “Why the Iranian Revolution was Nonviolent: Internationalized Social Change and the Iron Cage of Liberalism,” under the guidance of Mounira Charrad and Lester Kurtz. He spent the 2010/11 and 2011/12 academic […]

Herbert Reiter

Herbert Reiter is Research Associate at the European University Institute. He received his Pd.D. in history from the European University Institute (1988). He has published on the history of political asylum, the policing of protest, and the global justice movement. His current research focuses on the workers’ movement in democratization processes and on the comparative […]

Emin Poljarevic

External Collaborator Emin Poljarevic holds a PhD from the European University Institute. His current research interests intersect between social movement studies, studies of state repression, and dynamics of social motivations. He has published widely on social mobilization through political Islam in the MENA region and Salafism as a broad religious movement. His forthcoming volume on […]

Linda Lund Pedersen

Linda Lund Pedersen is a research associate at the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at the European University Institute. She is involved in the comparative research project on the public debates surrounding the Charlie Hebdo attacks, led by Prof. Donatella Della Porta. Simultaneously she is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Sociology and […]

Louisa Parks

External Collaborator Louisa Parks is a lecturer at the School of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Lincoln, UK. She completed her PhD, a study on the impacts of social movement campaigns at the European Union level, in early 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Donatella della Porta. Louisa has also worked on […]

Francis O’ Connor

Francis Patrick O’ Connor is from a rural area close to Limerick city in the south west of Ireland. He studied Sociology/Politics and Italian at NUI Galway and subsequently completed a Masters on Middle East Politics in SOAS. He defended his PhD thesis “Armed Social Movements and Insurgency. The PKK and its Communities of Support” at the European […]

Georgia Mavrodi

Georgia Mavrodi graduated in International Relations and Political Studies from the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki. She holds a Master of Arts in European Studies from the University of Bath and the Humboldt University of Berlin; and a Master of Research in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence, where she also earned […]

Alice Mattoni

Alice Mattoni is a research associate in the Centre for Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at the European University Institute, working with the ANTICORRP research team. Before joining COSMOS, she has been a Postdoctoral Associate Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Alice obtained her Master of Research and PhD in Political and […]

Hara Kouki

Hara Kouki is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at the European University Institute. She is currently involved in a research project on the social movements and political parties in times of crisis focusing on the case of Syriza in Greece. Hara is a historian and received her PhD from […]

Cesar Guzman-Concha

Research Associate, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze Cesar Guzman-Concha is a research fellow in the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa), at the Istituto di Scienze Umani e Sociali in Florence. He earned his PhD in Sociology from the University of Barcelona (2012), in the European PhD in Socioeconomic and Statistical Studies, after receiving a MA in Latin […]

Tiago Fernandes

Assistant professor of political science at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). He is the regional coordinator for Southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece) and France of the project Varieties of Democracy, directed by Michael Coppedge, based at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, U.S.A. He also codirects the project “Civil […]

Andrea Felicetti

Andrea is a Research Associate at the Center on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS). In 2014, he earned his PhD at the School of Politics and International Relations, Australian National University. During his PhD research he worked as a member of the Center for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance under the supervision of Prof. John Dryzek, […]

News

21/03/2024

CFP: Feminism as a method - Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies and Methods in Social Sciences

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International Conference 14-15 November 2024 Anastasia Barone, Giada Bonu Rosenkranz and Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore)

16/05/2023

CFP: Analyzing protest in the digital age. Challenges and opportunities in combining text and video sources

Organizers Donatella della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore Swen Hutter, Freie Universität Berlin & WZB Berlin Social Science Center Place and date WZB Berlin Social Science Center, December 7-8, 2023

22/02/2023

15 fully funded PhD positions

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The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy is pleased to announce 15 PhD fellowships beginning on November 1, 2023. The deadline for applications is April 13, 2023.

16/02/2023

Applications now open! Fourth Edition of the ECPR-COSMOS Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilisation

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Applicants must send their application materials no later than March the 17th 2023.

10/01/2022

SNS announces 14 fully-funded PhD positions

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The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy is pleased to announce 14 PhD fellowships beginning on November 1, 2022.

16/07/2021

Prof. della Porta to lead VolkswagenStiftung-funded ECSEuro project

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Reflecting the European challenge of transnational cooperation and multiple crises, this project asks how local political initiatives across Europe enact citizenship and solidarity and contribute to the vision of a more democratic Europe from below.

Publications

Journal Article - 2023

Resisting right-wing populism in power: a comparative analysis of the Facebook activities of social movements in Italy and the UK

Niccolò Pennucci
This paper aims to present a comparative study of the civil society reaction to right-wing populism in power through social media, by looking at cases in Italy and the United Kingdom.

Journal Article - 2023

Emotions in Action: the Role of Emotions in Refugee Solidarity Activism

Chiara Milan
This article investigates the different types of emotions that result from participation in refugee solidarity activism, investigating how they change over time and to what extent they explain why individuals remain involved in action in spite of unfavorable circumstances.

Journal Article - 2023

‘Love is over, this is going to be Turkey!’: cathartic resonance between the June 2013 protests in Turkey and Brazil

Batuhan Eren
This study addresses the question of why and how a protest can inspire individuals in distant countries. Taking the June 2013 protests in Turkey and Brazil as cases, it investigates the reasons why the Turkish protests were framed as one of the inspirational benchmarks by some Brazilian protesters.

Journal Article - 2023

Mutual aid and solidarity politics in times of emergency: direct social action and temporality in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic

Lorenzo Zamponi
From the spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures introduced created a series of social problems and needs that were partially addressed in Italy as well as in other countries by grassroots mutual aid initiatives. While many of these initiatives were strongly rooted in the Italian social movement and civil society landscape and the choice to engage in mutual aid activities was the result of long years of reflection and planning, the article shows how strongly the temporality of emergency affected the nature of these initiatives, their development and their outcomes, in particular with regard to the extraordinary number of people who volunteered and their relationship with politicisation processes.

Monograph - 2023

Populism and (Pop) Music

Manuela Caiani, Enrico Padoan
The book provides a detailed account of the links between production of popular culture to the rise of populism and contributes to studies on populism and popular culture in Italy, using a comparative approach and a cultural sociology perspective

Monograph - 2022

Labour conflicts in the digital age

Donatella della Porta, Riccardo Emilio Chesta, Lorenzo Cini
From Deliveroo to Amazon, digital platforms have drastically transformed the way we work. But how are these transformations being received and challenged by workers? This book provides a radical interpretation of the changing nature of worker movements in the digital age, developing an invaluable approach that combines social movement studies and industrial relations. Using case studies taken from Europe and North America, it offers a comparative perspective on the mobilizing trajectories of different platform workers and their distinct organizational forms and action repertoires.

Monograph - 2022

Resisting the Backlash: Street Protest in Italy

Donatella della Porta, Niccolò Bertuzzi, Daniela Chironi, Chiara Milan, Martín Portos & Lorenzo Zamponi
Drawing interview material, together with extensive data from the authors’ original social movement database, this book examines the development of social movements in resistance to perceived political "regression" and a growing right-wing backlash.

Journal Article - 2021

Learning from Democratic Practices: New Perspectives in Institutional Design

Andrea Felicetti
Drawing from literature on democratic practices in social movements and democratic innovations, the article illustrates three ways to advance institutional design in the wake of the systemic turn.

Monograph - 2021

Migrant Protest. Interactive Dynamics in Precarious Mobilizations

Elias Steinhilper
This book explores the interactions and spaces shaping the emergence, trajectory, and fragmentation of migrant protest in unfavorable contexts of marginalization.

Journal Article - 2021

Populism between voting and non-electoral participation

Andrea Pirro & Martín Portos
The article focuses on a neglected aspect of populist mobilisation, i.e. non-electoral participation (NEP), and elaborates on the extent to which populist party voters engage politically outside the polling station. While challenging common understandings of populism as inherently distrustful and apathetic, and protest as an exclusive practice of the left, the study critically places NEP at the heart of populism in general, and populist right politics in particular.