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Donatella Della Porta


Prof. Donatella Della Porta has moved from EUI to SNS (Scuola normale superiore) 

Professor of Sociology 

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 240/211DonatellaDellaPorta

Fax [+39] 055 4685 201 

Email: Donatella.DellaPorta@eui.eu

Secretary/Administrative Assistant: Adele.Battistini@eui.eu 

Office: BF 265, Badia Fiesolana 

EUI SPS Department

Via dei Roccettini 9

50014 San Domenico di Fiesole



Office Hours

For appointments please contact: Adele.Battistini@eui.eu 

Short Biography

Donatella Della Porta is professor of Sociology in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, where she directs the centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos)  and professor of Political science at the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (on leave of absence). She has directed the Demos project, devoted to the analysis of conceptions and practices of democracy in social movements in six European countries. She is now working ata major ERC project Mobilizing for Democracy, on civil society participation in democratization processes in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. She is co-editor of the European Political Science Reviews (ECPR-Cambridge University Press. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Mattei Dogan Prize for distinguished achievements in the field of political sociology. Her main fields of research are social movements, the policing of public order, participatory democracy and political corruption. Among her very recent publications are: Can Democracy be Saved?, Polity, 2013; Clandestine Political Violence, Cambridge 2'13; the Blackwell Enciclopaedia on Political and Social Movements (with D. Snow, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam), Mobilizing on the Extreme Right (with M. Caiani and C. Wagemann), Oxford University Press, 2012; Meeting Democracy (ed. With D. Rucht), Cambridge University Press, 2012; The Hidden Order of Corruption (with A. Vannucci), Ashgate 2012; Los movimientos sociales (with M. Diani), Madrid, CIS, 2011; Democrazie, Il Mulino, 2011; L’intervista qualitativa, Laterza 2011; (with M. Caiani), Social Movements and Europeanization, Oxford University Press, 2009; (ed.) Another Europe, Routledge, 2009; (ed.) Democracy in Social Movements, Palgrave, 2009; Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences (with M. Keating), Cambridge University Press; (with Gianni Piazza), Voices from the Valley; Voices from the Streat Berghan, 2008; The Global Justice Movement, Paradigm, 2007; (with M. Andretta, L. Mosca and H. Reiter), Globalization from Below, The University of Minnesota Press; (with A. Peterson and H. Reiter), The policing transnational protest, Ashgate 2006; (with M. Diani), Social Movements: an introduction, 2nd edition, Blackwell, 2006; (with S. Tarrow), Transnational Protest and Global Activism, Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.


  • Active: Italian, English, French, German
  • Passive: Spanish

Fields of Research and Supervision 

Social movements, political violence, terrorism, corruption, police and policies of public order. On these issues she has conducted investigations in Italy, France, Germany and Spain.

She has directed a project of comparative research on control of public mass demonstrations in Europe and one on the police in Italy.

Currently she is involved in several comparative projects on citizenships and social movements.

Research Projects

My main research interests concern social movements, political violence, terrorism, corruption, police and policies of public order. On these issues I have conducted investigations in Italy, France, Germany and Spain. I have directed a project of comparative research on control of public mass demonstrations in Europe and one on the police in Italy. Currently I am involved in several comparative projects on citizenships and social movements.

  • April 2012 till now. National coordinator and member of the steering committee of the EC financed project Anticorruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption.
  • January 2011 till now. National coordinator of the research project Caught in the Act of Protest: Contextualizing Contestation Project (CCC), financed bu ESF and EUI Research Council
  • January 2005 till now: Director of the comparative research project “Violent, Extremist, Terrorists Organizations” (VETO), analyzing the radical right in Italy, Germany and the United States. START Consortium, University of Maryland. .
  • September 2004 - December 2008 Director of the cross-national project on “Democracy in Movement and the Mobilization of the Society" - DEMOS, funded by the European Commission, 7 FP.

  • Director of GRACE - Gruppo di Ricerca sull'Azione Collettiva in Europa (Research Group on Collective Action in Europe).
  • Since December 2003, member of the research project on “Democrazia discorsiva”, funded by Ministero per l'Università e la ricerca scientifica.
  • Since January 2002, national partner of the cross-national project on The Contentious Politics of Unemployment in Europe: Political Claim-Making, Policy Deliberation and Exclusion from the Labour Market, funded by the European Union.
  • Since September 2001, national partner of the cross-national project on The Transformation of Political Mobilisation and Communication in European Public Spheres, funded by the European Union. 
  • December 2001-December 2003: National coordinator of a research project entitled "Partecipazione politica e rappresentanza: i comitati spontanei dei cittadini e le politiche pubbliche dei governi locali", funded by Ministero per l'Universita´ e la ricerca scientifica
  • 1998-2001: National partner of the cross-national project on "THe Transformation of Environmental Activism", funded by the European Union
  • 1993-1993. Director of a cross-national research project on the control of mass demonstrations in Europe, sponsored by the European University Institute, the Italian Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) and other national research institutes.


  • Mobilizing for democracy. Comparing 1989 and 2011. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • (With Michael Keating), 2013, Enfoques y metodologias de las ciencias sociales, Madrid, Akal
  • Can Democracy be Saved? Oxford, Polity Press, 2013
  • Clandestine Political Violence, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013
  • (With Dieter Rucht),  Meeting Democracy, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013
  • (With Davide Snow, Bert Klandermans and Doug McAdam (eds) ), Blackwell Encyclopedia on Social and Political Movements, Blackwell, 2013
  • (WIth Mario Diani), Los Movimientos Sociales, Madrid, Editorial Computense, 2012
  • (With Alberto Vannucci) The Hidden Order of Corruption: An institutional approach, Ashgate, 2012.
  • (With Lorenzo Bosi) (ed/s) Movimenti sociali e violenza politica; Special Issue of Partecipazione e conflitto, 3, 2011.
  • (With Mario Diani) Los Movimientos Sociales; Madrid, UCM-CIS, Debate Social Series, 2011.
  • Democrazie; Bologna, Il Mulino, 2011.
  • L'intervista qualitativa; Roma, Editori Laterza, 2010
  • (With M. Keating, eds.) Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences. A Pluralist Perspective, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • Introduzione alla scienza politica, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2008 (new expanded edition).
  • (With M. Cotta and L. Morlino), Scienza politica, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2008 (new expanded edition).
  • (With Gianni Piazza), Le ragioni del no. Le campagne contro la Tav in Val di Susa e il Ponte sullo Stretto, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2008.
  • (With Alberto Vannucci), Mani Impunite. Vecchia e nuova corruzione in Italia, Roma-bari, Laterza, 2007.
  • Et al., Global democracy and the World Social Forum, Boulder Co., Paradigm, 2007.
  • (ed.), The Global Justice Movement. Cross National and Transnational perspectives, Boulder Co. Paradigm, 2007.
  • O movimento por unma nova globalizacao, Sam Paulo do Brasil, Edicoes Loyola, 2007.
  • (With Abby Peterson and Herbert Reiter) (eds.), The Policing of Transnational Protest, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2006.
  • La Politica locale, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2006, third revised edition.
  • Wth Massimiliano Andretta, Lorenzo Mosca and Herbert Reiter, Globalization from Below, Minneapolis, The University of Minnesota Press, 2006.
  • With Olivier Fillieule (ed.), Police et manifestants, Paris, Presses de Science Po., 2006.
  • With Manuela Caiani, Quale Europa? Europeizzazione, identità e conflitti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2006
  • With Mario Diani, Social Movements: an introduction, 2nd edition, Oxford, Blackwell, 2006
  • With Sidney Tarrow (eds), Transnational Protest and Global Activism, New York, Rowman and Littlefield, 2005
  • (ed.), Comitati di cittadini e democrazia urbana, Cosenza, Rubbettino, 2004.
  • With Herbert Reiter, La protesta e il controllo. Movimenti e forze dell’ordine nell’era della globalizzazione, Milano, Berti/Altreconomia, 2004.
  • With Maurizio Cotta and Leonardo Morlino, Fondamenti di scienza politica, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2004.

Full List of Publications


First year researcher 2013/2014


Anti-Islamic Opposition and Rhetori: A Political Phenomenon from the Mainstream to the Extreme


CHESTA Riccardo Emilio (IT)

Speaking Truth to Society? Environmental Scientific Activism between Expert Organizations and Citizens Science



Social Movements and Political Opposition Groups in Authoritarian Regimes: Syrian Oppositions and their Foreign Donors, 2000-2014


MENDES Mariana (PT)

Tackling the past in a post-transitional setting: a study of grassroots movements in Brazil and Spain


RONE Julia (BG)
File Sharing as a Political Cause in Bulgaria: After Socialism, Before Democracy


Strategies and Action Repertoires of Animal Rights Movements in Germany and in Austria. Shaping Public Opinion and Influencing Legislation


Second year researchers 2012/2013

CHIRONI Daniela (IT)

The Radical Left Parties in Western Europe, Moving Between Desire for Continuity and Social Movement Dynamics. A Study of Three Different National Cases in a Comparative Perspective.



Non-Violent Resistance in Civil Wars. Towards a Dynamic Analysis of Complex Fields of Contention.



Beyond the Rebellion of the Indignant: A Challenge to Representative Democracies.



Mega Events and Urban Policies: Towards a New Planning Paradigm? The Limits of Traditional Strategic Spatial Planning. A Comparative Study: Barcelona 1992, London 2012, Rio de Janeiro 2016.



Populist Social Movements in Southern Europe: Limitations and Potentials.


Third year researchers 2011/2012

CINI Lorenzo (IT)

Deliberative Democracy in Theory and Practice. Making Participation and Deliberation Real.


KUEBLER Johanne  (DE)

The Co-Evolution of Internet Activism and Governmental Response in Authoritarian Regimes.



Ethnic Violence and Peace in Southern Kyrgyzstan.


LEAL Hugo Joel (PT)

A Complexity Approach to the Emergence of Social Movements in the Middle East and North Africa Region: The Case of Egypt.



Social Movements and the State: Participating, Staying Aside, or Opposing? A Comparative Case-Study of the Bolivian Cocaleros, the Mexican Zapatistas, and the Nicaraguan Sandinistas.


ORAL Didem (TR)

From Contentious Politics in to Social Movements: Conscientious Objection in Turkey and Israel.


Fourth year researchers 2010/2011


Les mobilisations collectives de nouveaux mouvements de genre (féministes, homosexuels) en France, en Grèce et en Espagne: interactions, réseaux, acteurs


HALL Bogumila (PL)

Contentious Middle East: Dynamics of Bottom-up Contention in Non-Democratic Settings and Obstacles to Regime Change



Le 'patto di mutuo soccorso': construire le conflit à apartir du territoire

O'CONNOR Francis Patrick (IL)

A Comparative Analysis of Framing Processes which Facilitate the Emergence of Political Violence. Ethnic and Religious Frames in Rwanda and Algeria



Precarious Workers' Unions in Greece and Spain: A Comparative Research on the Organisational Structures and their Movement Activity

WAGNER Benjamin (UK)

Participation, Integration and Co-optation: The Role of Participative Mechanisms in Shaping Authoritarian Governance in Tunisia and the MENA Region


Fifth year researchers 2009/2010

ATAK Kivanc (TR)

The Politico-Institutional Trajectory of Protest Policing: Post-1980 Turkey in Focus


DAVIS Donagh (IE)

Infiltrating History: Agency, Social Movement-Building and Systemic Crisis


HEMKER Robert (NL)

State Disintegration, Transnational Extra-Legal Activities and International Intervention: Towards a Political Analysis of Informality



Mobilization under Authoritarian Rule


ZAMPONI Lorenzo (IT)

Social Movements, Collective Memories and the Symbolic Construction of Conflict


Researchers 2008/2009

JENSEN, Helge (NO)

European and Arabic Traditions of Deliberation in Resource Management – Mutual Learning for Transnational Networking of Grassroot Communities


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