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Lorenzo Zamponi

Professore Associato



Lorenzo Zamponi is an assistant professor of sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence (Italy), where he is part of the COSMOS (Centre on Social Movement Studies) research team. He holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, obtained in 2015 with a thesis on the relationship between memory and social movements. He has worked on research projects on student and anti-austerity movements, youth political participation, the economic crisis and solidarity with refugees. He is currently working on the "CLIMACT – Communication as Organization: Social Media and Grassroots Participation in Climate Action Mobilizations" project.

His research interests include memory, contentious politics and media analysis. He is author of two monographs (Social Movements, Memory and Media: Narrative in Action in the Italian and Spanish Student Movements, 2018, Palgrave and, with Lorenzo Bosi, Resistere alla crisi. I percorsi dell'azione sociale diretta, 2019, Il Mulino) and of several peer-reviewed articles in international journals such as Social ForcesMobilizationSocial Movement StudiesJournal of European IntegrationActa Politica and European Societies, among others, focusing mainly on the recent wave of anti-austerity protest in Europe, on the cultural elements of social mobilisation and on the emergence of non-protest based forms of collective action.

Research Interests

social movements; memory; media analysis; comparative politics; qualitative interviews.