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Donatella Alessandra Della Porta

Professore Ordinario


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Donatella Della Porta is professor of political science, founding dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences and Director of the PhD program in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, where she also leads the Center on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos). Among the main topics of her research: social movements, political violence, corruption, democracy and political parties. She has directed a major ERC project Mobilizing for Democracy, on civil society participation in democratization processes in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. During her career, she has received prestigeous international prizes and recognitions such as the Forschungspreise of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, awarded in November 2021, for life achievements as a highly prominent international scholar; the Mattei Dogan Prize, awarded in 2011, for distinguished achievements in the field of political sociology, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Career Development Award in 1990. In 2012 she has been nominated member of the European Academy; in 2022, she has been nominated International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2023, she has been nominated Academica of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. She holds PhD Honoris Causa from the Universities of Gotenborg, Bucharest, Lausanne, Jyvaskyla, Peloponneso and Cyprus. She is the author or editor of 90 books, 150 journal articles and 150 contributions in edited volumes, Citations Google Scholar: h Index 99; 52000 citations, in (August 2023).

5 Most recent publications

  1. Della Porta, Donatella Contentious Politics in Emergency Critical Junctures (Cambridge University Press, 2022),
  2. Della Porta, Donatella Labour conflicts in the digital age (Bristol University Press 2022, with R. Chesta and L. Cini),
  3. Della Porta, Donatella The encyclopedia of political and social movements (Wiley, 2nd edition. 2022, with D. Snow, D. McAdam and B. Klandermans),
  4. Della Porta, Donatella and Mario Diani, Social Movements: An introduction, 3rd edition, Blackwell, 2020
  5. Della Porta, Donatella, Can Social Movements Save Democracy?, Polity, 2020.

Relevant previous projects:

2022-2023 Pro3, “The politics and policy of climate change”, Ministero della Ricerca, approximately 200,000 euros.

2022-2025 “Feminist Movements Revitalizing Democracy in Europe”, European Commission, Horizon Europe, approximately 2 million di euros.

2021-2025. “Enacting citizenship and solidarity in Europe from below”, Volkswagen Stiftung approximately 500000 euros.

2021-2023, “Partecipare e comunicare nella Pandemia”, Regione Toscana, approximately 200,000 euros.

2021-2023 “Transnational Political Contention in Europe”, TRAPOCO, European commission, approximately 300,000 euros.

2016-2022 “Corruzione politica e criminalità organizzata”, Regione Toscana, approximately 800,000 euros.

2018-2020 “Labour organization in Industry 4.0”, Regione Toscana, approximately 60,000 euros.

2016-2020 DEMOS, SNS 150,000 euros.

2015-19, CRY_OUT, Miur, 150,000 euros.

2015-2016 “The Contentious Politics of Education”, SNS 50,000 euros.

2011-2016. “Democracy in Europe and the Mobilization of the Society” European Research Council, Advanced Grant, 1,800,000 euros.

2011-2016. Anticorrp, European Commision, 7th FP project approximately 8,000,000 euros.

2006-2010. Start Project, University of Pennsylvania, US Dollars 150,000.

2003-2006. “Democracy in Europe and the mobilization of the society, financed by the EU, 1,000,000 euros.

2003—2005, “Democrazia discorsiva”, Ministero per l’Università e la ricerca scientifica, 60,000 euros.

2002—2005, “The Contentious Politics of Unemployment in Europe: Political Claim-Making, Policy Deliberation and Exclusion from the Labour Market”,European Commission. 70,000 euros.

Since September 2001, “The Transformation of Political Mobilisation and Communication in European Public Spheres”, European Commission 100,000 euros.

December 2001-December 2003, “Partecipazione politica e rappresentanza: I comitati spontanei dei cittadini e le politiche pubbliche dei governi locali”, Ministero per l’Università e la ricerca scientifica.  50,000 euros.

1998-2001, “The Transformation of Environmental Activism”, European Union. Lire 50,000,000


Methodological competences include in-depth interviews, focus groups, participant observation, life histories, protest event analysis, surveys.

Donatella della Porta is open to supervising students in areas related to:

  • Social movements
  • Political participation
  • Democratic theory
  • Political corruption
  • Political parties
  • Political violence

Supervisees SNS

  1. Caciagli, Carlotta (defended)
  2. Sigillò, Ester (defended)
  3. Aksahu, Huda (defended)
  4. Ana, Alexandra (defended)
  5. Stefanowski, Ivan (defended)
  6. Steinhilper, Elias (defended)
  7. Balunovic, Filip (defeded)
  8. Bazurli, Raffaele (defeded)
  9. Ruzhantsou, Aljaksandr (defeded)
  10. Selivanova, Galina (defeded)
  11. Christou, Stella (defeded)
  12. Goldman, Bartosz (defeded)
  13. Gunzelmann, Hans-Jonas (defeded)
  14. Meier, Larissa (defeded)
  15. Westerheuser, Linus (defeded)
  16. Bonu, Giada (defeded)
  17. Hofstetter, Joana (defeded)
  18. Kralj, Karlo (defeded)
  19. Lundstedt, Mans (defeded)
  20. Reinhard, Tobias
  21. Adami, Angela (submitted)
  22. Barone, Anastasia
  23. Burc, Rosa
  24. Lo Piccolo, Alessandra (submitted)
  25. Mannino, Carla
  26. Stagni, Federica (submitted)
  27. Saenko, Valerii (submitted)
  28. Wathne, Sophia (submitted)
  29. Elmasry, Sarah
  30. Eren, Batuhan
  31. Stragapede, Maria Nicola
  32. Cugnata, Giuseppe
  33. Franceschelli, Maria Chiara
  34. Platania, Giuseppe
  35. Velotti, Lorenzo
  36. Carl, Florian
  37. El Mauttaki, Ismail
  38. Filippini, Stefano
  39. Freire Saray, Rosario
  40. Lipari, Giuseppe
  41. Svennson, Anders
  42. Van der Horst, Jorinde
  43. Karazarifi, Lydia