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  • Dr. Manuela Caiani

    • European Governance, Public Finance and Labor Markets
    Senior Fellow
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  • Major Areas of Research

    Social Movements and Contentious Politics, Europeanisation and the Public Sphere, Right-Wing Extremism in Europe and the USA, Discourse Analysis. 

  • Bild Manuela Caiani
  • Manuela Caiani is Associate Professor in Political Science at the Scuola Normale Superiore, affiliated scholar at the Cosmos Center for Social Movement Studies (SNS) and associated faculty at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna. She received her national Italian Abilitazione for full professorship in Political Science; and in Political Sociology, in 2017. Her research focuses on Social Movements and European mobilizations; Right Wing and Left Wing Populism; Far Right Politics (and the Internet); Transnationalization of collective action, social networks; Qualitative methods of social research (frame analysis, focus groups, qualitative interviews, etc.). Since 2019 she is Convenor of the Standing Group ‘Political Participation and Social Movement’, of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP) and since 2021 Co-director of the International Observatory on Social Cohesion and Inclusion CIS, https://osservatoriocoesionesociale.eu/.

    She has directed and collaborated in various international projects (Horizon 2021; Volskwagen Stiftung; Europe for Citizens Program; FP4, FP5, FP7; PRIN; Marie Curie; Research Grant Jubilaumsfonds, ONB; Doctoral TRA Fellowship, START Center, 2009, University of Maryland). She published in, among others, the following journals: Social Movement Studies, EJPR, Mobilization, Acta Politica, West European Politics, Government and Opposition; European Union Politics, South European Society and Politics, RISP and for the following publishers: Oxford University press, Ashgate, Palgrave, Routledge.

    Personal website

    • Manuela Caiani and Paolo Graziano (2022), ‘The Three Faces of Populism in Power: Polity, Policies and Politic’s, Government and Opposition
    • Manuela Caiani and Manès Weisskircher (2022), Anti-Nationalist Europeans and Pro-European Nativists on the Streets: Visions of Europe from the Left to the Far Right,  Social Movement Studies, https://doi.org/10.1080/14742837.2021.2010527

    • Manuela Caiani, Benedetta Carlotti & Enrico Padoan (2021) ‘Online Hate Speech and the Radical Right in Times of Pandemic’, Javnost The Public, 28:2, 202-218.

    • Manuela Caiani & Paolo Graziano (2019) ‘Understanding varieties of populism in times of crises’, West European Politics, 42:6, 1141-1158, DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2019.1598062 (Published also as edited book  for Routledge 2021)

    • With O. Cisar (2018), Radical Right Movement-parties in Europe, Routledge.

    • With P. Graziano, (2018) ‘Europeanisation and social movements: The case of the Stop TTIP campaign’, European Journal of Political Research, Vol 57, Issue 4, pp: 1031-1055.

    • With L. Parenti, (2013) European and American Extreme Right Groups and the Internet, Ashgate.

    • With D. della Porta and C. Wagemann (2012), Mobilizing on the Extreme Right, Oxford University Press.

    Research interest and Phd Supervision
    Prof. Caiani is open to supervising students in areas related to:

    • Social Movements, Europeanization and European mobilizations
    • Right Wing and Left Wing Populism and political identity
    • Far Right Politics
    • Transnationalization of collective action, and social networks
    • Social Movements in the East/Balkans
    • Qualitative Methods of social research (focus groups, visual and frame analysis, qualitative interviews, social network analysis, protest event analysis, etc.).
    • Movement-parties

    Current (phd) Supervisees:

    • Saridakis Nikolaos (Radical right protest and Corona)

    • Alexsandr Shishov (European Identities of the radical right)

    • Nathasha Aidoo (Urban Feminism)

    • Beatrice Carella (Left wing populism in power)

    • Nicolò Pennucci (Anti populist social movements)

    • Ivan Tranfic (Anti-gender social movements)

    • Aida Kapetanovic (Collective identity in divided societies)

    • Bathuan Erren (Diffusion of mobilization)

    • Francesca Feo (Populism and political representation)

    • Damla.Keskekci (The transnationalization of radical right social movements)

    • Karlo Kralj (Left wing movement-parties in the Balkans)

    • 2022-2024 ‘Social sustainability and gender inequalities: culture, politics and economy’, Programma congiunto  PRO3 (DM n. 289/2021).
    • 2021-2022 ‘Tackling illiberal narratives and Euroscepticism from below’, Europe for Citizens Program (number: 625696-CITIZ-1-2020-1-MK-CITIZ-CIV), principal investigator SNS.
    • 2019-2021 ‘Populism and Popular Music in Europe’, Volkswagen Stiftung (n. No A126160), principal investigator SNS.
    • 2018-2020 ,‘The consequences of Populism in Power’, SNS Research Grant.
    • 2016-2019, PRIN (Italian Research Ministry Funds) Project on “Politics e Policy in Europa in tempo di crisi: Cause e Conseguenze”, principal investigator SNS.
    • 2016 - 2018 SNS Research Grant, SNS, “Right-Wing Political Radicalization Using the Internet in Eastern and Central Europe”, Project coordinator.
    • 2010 - 2012 Research Grant Jubilaumsfonds, Oesterreichische National Bank,  “The Dark Side of the Web European and American Extreme Right Groups and online Politics” (n. 14035), Project coordinator, IHS, Wien