Copenhagen Centre for Political Mobilisation and Social Movement Studies (CoMMonS)

The Copenhagen Centre for Politial Mobilisation and Social Movement Studies produces systematic research on mobilisation, protest, citizenship and political engagement in Denmark and internationally. 

Watch the international workshop on social movements in times of global pandemic hosted by the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen. For full videos of all panel sessions and more info on the workshop, please visit the CoMMonS online library.

Today’s democracy is shaped by struggles of historic labor and women’s movements. In recent years, new pro-democracy movements and the Global Climate Justice Movement have emerged.

How does protest succeed to spark social change? How do activists communicate through digital media? CoMMonS research addresses these questions through systemic analysis. The activities include invited lectures, digital conferences, workshops, and externally funded interdisciplinary research projects.

































































21 January 2021
CoMMonS online workshop: 'Climate citizen assemblies in Denmark and Europe in the perspective of research on deliberative and participatory democracy'. Nicole Doerr with civil society groups.

16 December 2020 
CoMMonS Book Talk: Julia Rone
Opening talk of a Book Talk series organised by CoMMonS in collaboration with the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Bologna, in Italy. The first talk featured Julia Rone, author of 'Contesting Austerity and Free Trade in the EU: Protest Diffusion in Complex Media and Political Arenas'. 

4 December 2020
Nicole Doerr talks in the Danish podcast 'Flere Med' about why the Black Lives Matter movement has gained such a strong momentum in 2020 even though police violence is not a new phenomenon in the United States. The talk is in English.

October 2020 
Online panels and key note talk:
In October 2020, CoMMonS hosted a series of online diskussions:

  • Digital Panel: Far-right Digital and Visual Mobilization and Gender in Scandinavia
  • Digital Keynote Talk with Jean Beaman, University of California: Suspect Citizenship: Race and Racism in Contemporary France
  • Digital Panel: Migration and Racism in Europe

23 September 2020 
Journal article: Postdoc Hjalmar Bang Carlsen, Associate Professor Nicole Doerr and Postdoc Jonas Toubøl have contributed to ‘VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations’ with the paper: ‘Inequality in Interaction: Equalising the Helper–Recipient Relationship in the Refugee Solidarity Movement'. The authors focus on how empowerment projects with different interactional styles produce different forms of (in)equality on an interactional level despite dealing with very similar structural inequalities.

September 2020 
Nicole Doerr won a senior research fellowship by the Käthe Hamburg International Research College at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She will be doing research on right wing extremist digital narratives and visual politics from September 2021 to July 2022.

6 August 2020
Read Geoffrey Pleyers' article 'The Pandemic is a battlefield. Social movements in the COVID-19 lockdown' in the Journal of Civil Society.

April 2020 
International symposium
End of April 2020, CoMMonS was hosting an international symposium with a long list of speakers discussing social movements and political mobilisation in times of global pandemic.  

2020 Spring semester
ZOOM Workshop for master and baechelor students “Socially vulnerable groups in the Corona crisis”. Taught by Nicole Doerr with guest speakers Professor Håkan Thörn (University of Gothenburg) and Professor Miguel Martinez (Stockholm University) and civil society groups including Almen Modstand.

2020 Spring semester
ZOOM Workshop for master and bachelor students Civil society, democracy and protest during and after the Corona pandemic. Taught by Nicole Doerr.

2019 Autumn semester
Interactive workshops for master and bachelor students: 1) Learning from NGOs: Refugees Welcome. 2) Asylum seekers tell their stories. Taught by Nicole Doerr with civil society groups and asylum seekers.

2019 Autumn semester
Research Workshop Civil Society, Solidarity with Refugees, and Criminalization, organised by Nicole Doerr. Keynote speaker: Donatella della Porta, Dean of the Scuola Normale Superiore and Director of COSMOS Research Centre

2019 Autumn semester
Research Workshop Migration, and Social Boundaries to Citizenship, organised by Nicole Doerr for the University of Copenhagen, Centre for Anthropological, Political, and Social Theory (CAPS). Keynote speaker: Gökce Yurdakul, Director of the Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin, including civil society groups such as Trampoline House, and Professors Per Mouritsen (Aarhus University), Pieter Bevelander (Malmö University), and Kristina Bakkaer Simonsen (Aalborg University).

2018 Spring semester
Research Workshop Race/Ethnicity, Contentious Politics, and Social Movements, co-taught by Douglas McAdam (Stanford University), and Nicole Doerr, University of Copenhagen, Department of Sociology.

2018 Autumn semester
PhD course on Visual and Digital Media Analysis, organised and team-taught by Nicole Doerr and the keynote speakers Alice Mattoni, Associate Professor, University of Bologna, Italy, and Anna Schober, Chair of Visual Culture, University of Klagenfurt, Austria.

2017 Spring semester
PhD course and Conference on Deliberative Politics in Times of Right Wing Mobilization, organised by Nicole Doerr for University of Copenhagen, Department of Sociology, keynote speakers: Professor Jane Mansbridge (Harvard University) and Associate Professor Jeffrey Juris (Northeastern University)

2016 Autumn semester
International PhD Workshop Advances in the Study of Social Movements, co-organised by Nicole Doerr and Jonas Toubøl, keynote speaker: Douglas McAdam (Stanford University).






  • Oscar Agustín, Associate Professor, Department of Culture and Learning, Aalborg University
  • Tina Askanius, Senior Lecturer, Media and Communication, Malmö University
  • Hanne Bess Bjoelsbjerg, Postdoctoral Fellow, Aarhus University
  • Bolette Blaagaard, Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University
  • Thomas P. Boje, Professor of Global Political Sociology, Institut for Samfundsvidenskab og Erhverv, Roskilde University
  • Maria Brock, Postdoctoral Researcher, Malmö University.
  • Teresa Cappiali, Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Gender Studies at Lund University
  • Bente Castro Campos, Postdoc, Department of Agricultural Policy and Market Research, University of Giessen.
  • Joost de Moor, Postdoc, Political Science Department, Stockholm University,
  • Marco Antonio dos Santos Teixeira, Researcher in Sociology, Institute for Latin American Studies, Free University of Berlin
  • Beth Gharrity Gardner, Postdoc, Department of Political Sociology and Social Policy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  • Torsten Geelan, Assistant Professor, Sociology of Work and Employment, Leicester University
  • Ane Grubb, Postdoc, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University in Copenhagen
  • Christina Hansen, PhD student, Malmö University
  • Silas Harrebye, Associate Professor, Global Political Sociology, Roskilde University
  • Alice Mattoni, Associate Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna.
  • Susi Meret, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University
  • Lara Monticelli, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, CBS
  • Renata Campos Motta, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Institute for Latin American Studies, Free University of Berlin
  • Gritt Nielsen, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Aarhus University
  • Anita Nissen, PhD student, Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University
  • Pauline Stoltz, Associate Professor, Political Science, Aalborg University
  • Christel Stormhøj, Associate Professor, Roskilde University
  • Christian Franklin Svensson (PhD), Department of Sociology and Social Work, The Faculty of Social Sciences, Aalborg University
  • Cecelia Walsh-Russo, Visiting Assistant Professor, Colgate University
  • Sophia Wathne, PhD student, Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Manes Weisskircher, Researcher, Political Theory, Dresden University
  • Ekatherina Zhukova, Researcher, Lund University

















Name Title Phone E-mail
Abrahamson, Peter Associate Professor +4535323941 E-mail
Carleheden, Mikael Associate Professor +4535323286 E-mail
Doerr, Nicole Associate Professor +4535335057 E-mail
Hansen, Janus Associate Professor +4535336937 E-mail
Henkel, Heiko Associate professor, Head of Studies +4535324456 E-mail
Krøijer, Stine Associate Professor +4535321581 E-mail
Milman, Noa Marie Curie Fellow +4535328015 E-mail
Toubøl, Jonas Postdoc +4535323268 E-mail


Associate Professor Nicole Doerr
Department of Sociology
University of Copenhagen

Nicole Doerr is head of the centre.

Latest news

1 September 2021: Deadline manuscript submission for the Special Issue on Visual intervention and the (Re)enactment of Democracy, co-edited by Nicole Doerr (UCPH), Thomas Olesen (AU), and Anna Schober (AAU Klagenfurt). Submit your paper online.

11 May 2021: Watch the CoMMonS book talk by Donatella della Porta, Author of How Social Movements Can Save Democracy: Democratic Innovations from Below. Polity, 2020 on the CoMMonS Facebook page

24 February 2021: Watch the CoMMonS Author-meets-Critiques book panel with Paul Lichterman, author of How Civic Action Works-- Fighting for Housing in Los Angeles (Princeton University Press 2020). Critiques: Benedikte Brincker, Kathleen Blee, Liv Egholm, and Hjalmar Bang Carlsen.

18 March 2021: Author-meets-Critiques book panel with Eléonore Lépinard, author of Feminist Trouble. Intersectional Politics in Postsecural Times. Oxford University Press, 2020, on the CoMMonS Facebook page. Critiques: Gökce Yurdakul, Humboldt University, and Teresa Cappiali, Lund University.