Transnational Political Contention in Europe (TraPoCo)

The research network investigates transnational political dynamics in Europe and the interaction of practices and processes that cross national borders and impact on the functioning of democracy inside and outside the EU, with regards on issues such as environmental protection and climate justice, migration, labour policies and anti-discrimination. The research team of SNS investigates migration-related issues and transnational activist networks in support of refugees.

TraPoCo is an international network of universities, think tanks, and associations that involves the Scuola Normale Superiore (Faculty of Political and Social Sciences), the think tank Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa (Trento), the University of Belgrade (Department of Sociology), University College Dublin (School of Politics and International Relations and UCD College of Business), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Institute of Forest, Environmental, and Natural Resources Policy) of Vienna, and the organization The Good Lobby (Bilbao/ Brussels). The University of Trento is an associate partner.

The "Jean Monnet Network" "Transnational Political Contention in Europe" (TraPoCo) is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union - GA 620881

Current research project

Solidarity movements in support of refugees along the Western Balkans route//Migration activism and the role of local governments

Events organised

International Conference on Transnational Political Contention and European Integration, Vienna, 21-22/09/2022

Events participated

4 April 2022, University College Dublin, "Changing paths of transnationalization in social movements", lecture of prof. Della Porta 18 May 2022, Scuola Normale Superiore, lecture of Prof. Aron Buzogany and Dr. Patrick Scherhaufer (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences - BOKU, Vienna) "Marginal environmentalism: Local environmental activism and global trends in the European neighborhood“ Partecipazione a conferenze di Chiara Milan: Council of European Studies, 28th International Conference of Europeanists, Lisbon "The environment of democracy". 29/06-1/07/2022 Europeanization and social movements in the Western Balkans: grassroots visions of Europe” conference “Beyond Euroscepticism: Narratives on Europe from below”, Scuola Normale Superiore, 2/12/2021 “Social Movements in Southeast Europe: New Avenues for Politics and Research”, Université Libre de Bruxelles- CEVIPOL (Centre d’Etude de la Vie Politique), 29/11/2021 “La rotta balcanica. Percorsi clinici per il contenzioso strategico”, Accademia, diritto e migrazioni, University of Tuscia, 26/05/2021“Bosnia: emergenza migranti ai confini dell’UE”, ISPI – tavola rotonda online, 19/01/2021 Partecipazione a conferenze di Federico Alagna: Conference Global implications of migratory movements, Utrecht University (NL), 11-12/11/2021 presentation 'Migration activism and 'municipal militancy' in the EU: A multi-scale perspective', TraPoCo conference in Vienna 21-22/09/2022

Research results

C. Milan 2020 “Refugee solidarity along the Western Balkans route, new challenges and a change of strategy in times of COVID-19” Interface 12 (1), July 2020, pp. 208-212 C. Milan forthcoming, "Grassroots European solidarity. Italian solidarity movements in the Western Balkans in the 1990s and 2020s and their visions of Europe". Co-authored with L. Chiodi. Southeastern Europe C. Milan forthcoming, "Refugee solidarity activism along the Western Balkans route. Reorganizing solidarity practices in times of pandemic"

F. Alagna (forthcoming), 'When the Local Goes Transnational: Scale Shift in EU City-based Migration Activism", in "Transnational Political Contention and European Integration", edited by Aron Buzogany and Chiara Milan

Forthcoming book, "Transnational Political Contention and European Integration", edited by Aron Buzogany and Chiara Milan


Kick off meeting and academic roundtable of the Jean Monnet Network “Transnational contention in the EU space - TraPoCo”, 6/10/2020,

Oltre i confini. Mobilitazioni transnazionali con i migranti ai confini dell'UE, 28/11/2020,