MOBILISE: Determinants of ‘Mobilisation’ at Home & Abroad: Analysing the Micro-Foundations of Out-Migration & Mass Protest

MOBILISE asks: When there is discontent, why do some people protest while others cross borders?

Connecting theoretical expectations from the migration and protest literatures, we examine: a) whether similar factors drive the choice to migrate and/or protest at the individual level; b) how context affects this mobilisation; c) whether these choices are independent of each other or mutually reinforcing/ undermining.

MOBILISE is funded through the Open Research Area (ORA) Scheme with direct support of the ESRC in the UK, the DFG in Germany, the ANR in France and the NWO in the Netherlands.

Movements that Care

In this project I study how activists take care of each other and how care practices influence the mobilization and radicalization of heavily aggrieved groups. I explore the reasons why some people mobilize motivated by others' grievances and why those aggrieved sometimes do not initially want to mobilize publicly. To solve this puzzle, I have developed a framework to study social movements based on the Politics of Care.

Research outputs:

  1. Santos, Felipe G. (2019), ”Social Movements and the Politics of Care: Empathy, Solidarity and Eviction Blockades”. Social Movement Studies .

  2. Edited volume (late draft): La Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca: 10 Años de Lucha por el Derecho a la Vivienda.

  3. Book Chapter (accepted): ”Cuidados y derecho a la vivienda: Cómo la PAH paró su primer desahucio” in Santos, Felipe G. et al.
    (eds.), La Plataforma de Afectados Por la Hipoteca: 10 años de Lucha por el Derecho a la Vivienda.

  4. Paper (late draft): "Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Eviction: Empowerment and Micromobilization Strategies in the Platform of Those Affected by Mortgages (PAH)"

  5. PhD dissertation: Santos, Felipe G., "Movements that Care: Empathy, Solidarity, and Empowerment in the Platform of Those Affected by Mortgages".

Ultra-Conservative Mobilization in the EU

During the recent years, we have seen a rise of anti-feminist and ultra-conservative discourses and social movements, in Europe and beyond. Through this project, Prof. Dorit Geva and I try to understand the strategies and discourses that ultra-conservative movements use to influence EU policy-making. We focus mostly on the mobilization that targeted the European Parliament and, arguably, made the so-called 'Estrela Report' fail.

Research outputs:

  1. Paper (early draft): Santos, Felipe G. and Dorit Geva, ”Jamming the System: Ultra-Conservative Strategies of European Parliament (De)Mobilization”

The Targets of Protests

In the past, contentious collective events targeted mostly public institutions. However, with the growing importance of private actors in society, activist groups have reacted and started to address them more and more often. This project aims at understanding what are the reasons that influence the selection of targets of protest events.

Research outputs:

  1. Paper (late draft): Santos, Felipe G. and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, ”Picking the Fight: How Social Movements Select their Targets”