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Lorenzo Bosi

Associate Professor


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Lorenzo Bosi Associate Professor in Political Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore, where he is part of the COSMOS (Centre on Social Movement Studies) research team. He has received his Ph.D. in politics from Queen’s University, Belfast, in 2005 and is the past recipient of the ECRC (University of Kent), Jean Monnet and Marie Curie (EUI) post-doctorate fellowships. He has received his national Italian ‘Abilitazione’ for full professorship in Political Science and Sociology, in 2021.

Prof Bosi published per-reviewed articles in, among others, the following journals: American Behavioral Scientist, European Societies, Journal of Historical Sociology, Journal of Youth Studies, Mobilization, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Partecipazione&Conflitto, Politics, Qualitative Sociology, Rivista Italiana di Sociologia, Social Forces, Social Movement Studies and Politics, Social Science History and for the following publishers: Amsterdam University Press, Ashgate, Cambridge University Press, Carrocci, ECPR Press, Il Mulino, and Oxford University press.

He is a political sociologist pursuing comparative analysis into the cross-disciplinary fields of social movements and political violence. He has directed and collaborated on a number of national and international research projects on topics relating to social movements, political violence, and political participation. Since 2019, he is Director’s delgate for SNS at the SAR Italia and UNHCR networks.

Most recent publications:

  • Bosi and Lavizzari. 2023. “How young activists responded to the first wave of the Covid-19 crisis in Italy: variation across trajectories of participation” Mobilization.
  • Bosi. 2022. “Life-history interviews” in Marco Giugni and Maria Grasso (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Political Participation Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Bosi, Lavizzari and Voli. 2022. “Comparing young people’s participation across political organizations from a life course perspective” Journal of Youth Studies.
  • Bosi and Uba. 2021. “When, where, and which kind of collective action matters?” Partecipazione e Conflitto.
  • Bosi and Zamponi. 2020. “Paths toward the Same Form of Collective Action: Direct Social Action in Times of Crisis in Italy” Social Forces.
  • Portos, Bosi and Zamponi. 2020. “Life beyond the ballot box: the political participation and non-participation of electoral abstainers” European Societies.
  • Bosi e Zamponi. 2019. Resistere alla Crisi. I percorsi dell’azione sociale diretta. Il Mulino, Bologna.

Relevant projects:

  • “Democratic Governance, Environmental and Climate Challenges, and Social Transformation: Deliberation, Inclusiveness, and Citizen Empowerment for Sustainable Food Systems” DEMETRA, Horizon
  • “Armed Groups Shifting Forms of Political Violence: a Socio-Spatial Relational Approach”, Internal SNS grant
  • “Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities”, EURYKA, H2020 (


Prof. Bosi is open to supervising empirically-oriented research in areas related to:

  • Social Movements
  • Political Violence
  • Political Sociology
  • Historical Sociology


  • Irina Aguiari
  • Hande Donmez Gulenoglu
  • Sarah ElMasry
  • Aly Tarek Aly Elraggal
  • Silvia Frosina
  • Alice Ferro
  • Desire Gaudosio
  • Lydia Letsch
  • Ahmed Loft
  • Alessandra Lo Piccolo
  • Carla Mannino
  • Tobias Reinhardt
  • Greta Rossi
  • Federica Stagni
  • Maria Nicola Stragapede