Political violence

The research activities bring together social movement scholars working on different – yet often related – aspects of political violence, such as riots and urban violence, processes of radicalization and de-radicalization, ethnic conflict, guerrilla warfare, insurgency, terrorism, rebellion, and civil war. This research group investigates the shifts from non violent action to political violence and vice-versa, as well as shifts within different forms of political violence across time and space, including research on civil wars. It grounds its research on the relational interplay between socio-political context (macro-level), organization dynamics (meso-level), and individual motivations (micro-level).

Current research project: "Shifting forms of political violence: a socio-spatial relational approach".


International conference: "Gaining Momentum Processual Perspectives in Research on Political Violence and Collective Action" Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), Florence, October 26-28, 2022 Organizers: Lorenzo Bosi (SNS) and Stefan Malthaner (HIS)

Lorenzo Bosi. Invited speaker at the workshop: The Margins of Insurgent Control, at Wageningen University in September 2022


Bosi, Lavizzari and Portos. 2021. “The impact of intolerance on young people’s online political participation” Politics Bosi and Uba 2021“Explaining youth radicalism as a positioning of the self at opposite extremes” Politics

Malthaner, della Porta and Bosi. 2021 “The Social Science of Political Violence: Processual Approaches” in Diego Muro and Tim Wilson (eds.) Contemporary Terrorism Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bosi. 2021. “A processual approach to political violence: how history matters” in Richard English (eds.) The Cambridge History of Terrorism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 106-123.