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.

Research outputs:

  1. Paper (early draft): ”Lone Wolves: Determinants of Alone Participation in Protests” (with Olga Onuch)​

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. Paper (under review): "Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Eviction: Cultural Availability, Passive Recruitment and Empowerment in Social Movement Organizations."

  3. Encyclopedia chapter (forthcoming): "Care and Social Movements" in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, 2nd edition, edited by David A. Snow, Donatella della Porta and Doug McAdam.

  4. Paper (early draft): "Mutually Reinforcing Outcomes: the Impacts of 15M and the Platform of Those Affected by Mortgages to Each Other" (with Tiago Carvalho)

  5. Edited volume (forthcoming): La Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca: 10 Años de Lucha por el Derecho a la Vivienda. Icaria Editorial. (with Gabriele d'Adda, Montserrat Emperador, Ezequiel Ramón, Eduard Sala and Luis Sanmartin).

  6. Book Chapter (forthcoming): ”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. Icaria Editorial

  7. 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 (under review): ”The Populist Tactical Arsenal: Blocking Parliamentary Deliberation through Schmittian Politics and Thin Proceduralism.” (with Dorit Geva)