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. 

International Fridays for Future in Aachen
International Fridays for Future. Photo: Roland Geisheimer/attenzione

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.






































































  • 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
  • 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
Krarup, Troels Magelund Postdoc +4535337693 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

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 podcast is in English apart from the introduction.

23 September 2020: 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 has 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.

7 August 2020: Some of the interventions at the CoMMonS webinar on Social Movements in times of Global Pandemic on April 27-28 are already published in research journals, others are forthcoming.

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

CoMMonS events, spring 2021

11 June 2021

Workshop: Black Lives Matter and Antiracist Mobilizations in Europe - one Year after the Death of George Floyd.
This workshop focuses on Black Lives Matter and antiracist mobilizations in Europe in order to complement the rich academic and public debate on the issue. The workshop brings together researchers and activists from different countries and disciplines to discuss dynamics, transformations and effects of Black and People of Colour (PoC) activism and its link to antiracist struggles with a particular focus on mobilizations in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in May 2020.

Download the final program in pdf.

Find more information on the workshop at the Department of Sociology website.

18 March 2021, 12:00-13:00: 
CoMMonS invites to the third talk of its Book Talk series organised in collaboration with the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Bologna, in Italy. 

The book talk will be done by Associate Professor Eléonore Lépinard author of 'Feminist Trouble: Intersectional Politics in Post-Secular Times', published by Oxford University Press in 2020. 

Read more about the talk.