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








  • Mona Baker, Affiliate Professor, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE), University of Oslo
  • Jean Beaman, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Thomas P. Boje, Professor, Roskilde University
  • Doug McAdam, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University
  • Donatella della Porta, Professor, Dean of the Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence
  • Nicole Deitelhoff, Professor, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Director of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
  • Liv Egholm, Associate Professor, CBS, director of CISTAS
  • Nina Eliasoph, University of Southern California
  • Marco Giugni, Professor, Université de Geneve
  • Peter Gundelach, Professor emeritus, University of Copenhagen Sociology
  • Lasse Lindekilde, Professor, Aarhus University
  • Jane Mansbridge, Professor Emerita, Harvard University
  • Flemming Mikkelsen, Researcher, University of Copenhagen
  • Thomas Olesen, Professor, Aarhus University
  • Geoffrey Pleyers, Professor, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • Birte Siim, Professor Emerita, Aalborg University
  • Dieter Rucht, Professor Emeritus, Social Science Research Centre Berlin
  • Jan Aart Scholte, Professor in Peace and Development at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg
  • Håkan Thörn, Professor, University of Gothenburg, Centre for Social Movement and Resistance Studies
  • Stellan Vintagen, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Endowed Chair of Non-Violent Direct Action
  • Nancy Whittier, Professor, Smith College, USA
  • Ruth Wodak, Professor of Linguistics Emeritus, Lancaster 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
Gardner, Beth Gharrity Postdoc   E-mail
Geelan, Torsten Marie Curie Fellow +4535321112 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
Kurjanska, Malgorzata Maria Marie Curie Fellow   E-mail
Milman, Noa Marie Curie Fellow +4535328015 E-mail
Toubøl, Jonas Assistant Professor +4535323268 E-mail

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Latest news

The CoMMonS Academic Calendar

for Autumn 2021 / Winter 2022

CoMMonS researchers are launching the CoMMonS Digital Workshop series. Our monthly CoMMonS Digital Workshop meetings are an experiment in blended international cooperation and research exchange for the post-Corona period. Our Digital Workshop meetings invites you to improve and finalise pieces that are on the path to submission for publication. Check it out on our Facebook page.

September 30th, 2021,
12.00-13.00 Copenhagen 

Research Paper presenter: Ofra Klein - European University Institute: How social media has reshaped radical right mobilization. 
Discussant: Julia Rone, Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Technology and Democracy at CRASSH, University of Cambridge. 

October 25, 2021,
18.00-19.30 Copenhagen

Digital Panel Ecology and Far Right Political Mobilisation in Europe

November 19, 2021,
13.00 Copenhagen

Authors’ Workshop “Activism, Agency, and Acts of Translating Gendered Belongings and Concepts”, in relation to SI project for European Journal of Politics and Gender

Nicole Doerr, University of Copenhagen & Susanne Zwingel, Florida International University.

November 25, 2021,
12.00-13.00 Copenhagen

Research paper presenters: Dr. Bente Castro Campos, Justus Liebig Universität Gießen, Institute of Agricultural Policy & Market Research & Amy Cheung, artist: Up to the heavens, down to the sea: narratives beyond climate justice in Germany and Hong Kong. 

Discussant: Stine Krøijer, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, CoMMonS.

Host: Malgorzata Kurjanska, Marie Curie Sklodowska Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, CoMMonS.

January 20, 2022,
12-13.00 Copenhagen

Research paper presenter: Heiko Henkel, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, CoMMonS: Danish Halal: Islam and the Danish Citizenship Tradition.

Discussant: Vanessa Barker, Professor of Sociology, Stockholm University.

Host: Noa Milman, Marie Curie Sklodowska Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Copenhagen, Department of Sociology, CoMMonS.

February 24, 2022,
12-13.00 Copenhagen

Research paper presenter: Vasna Ramasar, Assistant Professor, Lund University, Division of Human Ecology, Department of Human Geography and Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS)

The Zoom links for upcoming CoMMons events will be released in due time. Visit the CoMMonS website, Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.