The consortium consists of researchers from 5 European cities: Hamburg (Germany), Aalborg (Denmark), Bern (Switzerland), Florence (Italy) and Ljubljana (Slovenia).

Working group Hamburg (University of Hamburg):


Helge Schwiertz is a postdoctoral research associate at the Chair of Sociology and Social Theory at Universität Hamburg and corresponding member of the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at Osnabrück University. He leads the international research project “Enacting Citizenship and Solidarity in Europe ‘From Below’: Local Initiatives, Intersectional Strategies, and Transnational Networks [ECSEuro]” (funded by the VolkswagenStiftung, 2022-2025). Furthermore, he is a founding editor of movements. Journal for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies and active in the “Network for Critical Border and Migration Regime Research” (kritnet) that is situated at the intersection of academia, art, and activism. His key research areas are social and political theory, migration and racism, social movements and urban protests, citizenship, solidarity, and radical democracy. He has published articles in journals like International Political Sociology, Critical Sociology, Philosophy & Social Criticism, Yearbook Practical Philosophy in a Global Perspective, Citizenship Studies and Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft. Book publications include: “Inclusive Solidarity and Citizenship along Migratory Routes in Europe and the Americas” (Routledge, 2021, with Helen Schwenken); “Migration und radikale Demokratie” [Migration and Radical Democracy] (transcript, 2019).

Twitter: @HelgeSchwiertz

Profile Picture Mouna Maaroufi

Mouna Maaroufi is a postdoctoral research associate at the Chair of Sociology and Social Theory at Universität Hamburg and member of the Study Group »Migration, Labour, Digitalisation and Racism« at the Berlin Institute for Migration and Integration Research (BIM) at Humboldt University. She has completed a PhD at Leuphana University Lüneburg on the contested transformations of infrastructures of labour market participation since the ‘summer of migration’. During her Phd she also worked in labour rights advisory services for migrant workers. Her research deals primarily with infrastructures of migration and labour regimes, racialisation and precarisation as well as autonomous labour and social struggles and anti-racism.


Profile Picture Josefine Gerdes

Josefine Gerdes is student researcher and MA student of sociology at Universität Hamburg. Throughout the studies so far, Josefine Gerdes has found a focus in practices of political participation and collective action. Most recently, the focus has been on local protests in Hamburg, their reach and accessibility, and the impact of self-organization on solidarity practices.


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Anika Hummel is running the ECSEuro office at the University of Hamburg. She is the contact person for the consortium and external persons in any administrative regards concerning the project.


Working group Aalborg (University of Aalborg):

Profile Picture Martin Bak Jorgensen

Martin Bak Jørgensen is Professor in Processes of Migration at demos at the Department for Culture and Learning, Aalborg University, Denmark. He works within the fields of sociology, political sociology and political science. He has published the books Politics of Dissent (Peter Lang, 2015), Solidarity Without Borders: Gramscian
perspectives on migration and civil society alliances (Pluto Press, 2016), and Solidarity and the ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Europe (Palgrave, 2019), all co- authored with Óscar García Agustín. He has published articles in the journals: Internal Migration Review, Critical Sociology, Journal of International Migration and Integration and British Journal of International Politics.



Profile Picture Franz Bernhardt

Franz Bernhardt is a Political Geographer who is working as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Aalborg University on the ‘Enacting Citizenship and Solidarity: From Below’ research project. He has worked most recently as a ESRC Wales Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Geography at Swansea University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Politics from the University of Stirling, a Master of Letters in International Political Theory from the University of St. Andrews, as well as a Ph.D. in Human Geography from Swansea University. For his doctoral thesis, he examined how urban, regional, and national imaginaries of community effected commitments of hospitality towards refugees and asylum seekers. His research on the political geographies of migration, cities, nationalism, and citizenship has now been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Cultural Geographies and Hospitality & Society and will appear as book chapters in the edited collections Collective Movements and Emerging Political Spaces and Introducing Human Geographies (both Routledge, forthcoming 2023). His last postdoctoral project examined how the political strive for national independence in sub-state contexts effects attitudes towards the politics of asylum. 

Contact: franzbikl.aaudk

Profile Picture Erin McClellan

Erin Daina McClellan is a Lektor (Associate Professor) in the Department of Culture & Learning at Aalborg University in Aalborg, Denmark. She has worked and published in the areas of urban communication, rhetorical field methods, critical pedagogy, social movement rhetoric, and sustainability. Her focus on meaning-making as living in everyday rhetoric that aligns and departs from various forms of written policy, legal documentation, and other forms of official communication attempts to reveal the implicit and explicit ways that norms, traditions, and expectations control and limit the ways that various forms of public life are experienced in diverse ways. She has published in regional, national, and international academic journals, (co-)authored several chapters in academic anthologies and recently co-edited an anthology on urban communication.

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Working group Bern (University of Bern):

Profile Picture Sarah Schilliger

Sarah Schilliger is a senior researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Gender Studies at the University of Bern and lecturer in the international master program “Social Work as a Human Rights Profession” in Berlin. Her key research areas are migration studies, labor studies, feminist theory, care, social movements, citizenship, urban infrastructures of solidarity.

She is Co-PI of the international research project “Enacting Citizenship and Solidarity in Europe ‘From Below’: Local Initiatives, Intersectional Strategies, and Transnational Networks [ECSEuro]” (funded by the VolkswagenStiftung, 2022-2025) and leads the case studies in Switzerland. She is member of the scientific board of Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and active in the “Network for Critical Border and Migration Regime Research” (kritnet) that is situated at the intersection of academia, art, and activism.

Recent publications include: “Civil society organisations engaged with illegalised migrants in Bern and Vienna: co-production of urban citizenship” (with Ilker Atac, in: Jørgensen/Schierup (eds.), Contending Global Apartheid: Transversal Solidarities and Politics of Possibility. Brill 2022); “Care Crisis and Care Fixes under Covid-19: The Example of Transnational Live-in Care Work (Social & Cultural Geography 2022, with Karin Schwiter and Jennifer Steiner); “Challenging Who Counts as a Citizen. The Infrastructure of Solidarity Challenging Racial Profiling in Switzerland (Citizenship Studies 2020).


profile picture Natascha Flückiger

Natascha Flückiger studies Social Anthropology and Gender Studies at the University of Bern. Taking the example of the Medina Community Centre on Bern’s Schützenmatte, she is ethnographically exploring how solidarity is locally constructed and maintained through everyday practices. In addition to her own research, Natascha Flückiger is integrated into the Swiss project team as a research assistant.


Working group Florence (Scuola Normale Superiore):

Profile Picture Donatella della Porta

Donatella della Porta is professor of political science, founding dean of the Faculty  of Political and Social Sciences  and Director of the PhD program in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, where she also leads the Center on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos). Among the main topics of her research: social movements, political violence, terrorism, corruption, the police and protest policing. She has directed a major ERC project Mobilizing for Democracy, on civil society participation in democratization processes in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Mattei Dogan Prize for distinguished achievements in the field of political sociology; in 2021, she received the Research Awards of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung in recognition of her lifetime’s research activities. In 2022, she has been nominated International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is Honorary Doctor of the universities of Lausanne, Bucharest, Goteborg, Jyvaskyla and the University of Peloponnese.


Profile Picture Carlotta Caciagli
Carlotta Caciagli is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, at the department of Social and human studies and she is member of Cosmos- Center of social movement studies. Her main field of interests are social movements, urban transformations and socio-spatial inequalities in late capitalism. Her recent researches focused on socio-spatial segregation, with particular attention to the relationship between school segregation and gentrification dynamics in inner city neighborhoods of Milan. She previously concentrated on housing inequalities and movements in Rome during economic and financial crisis. She published articles in international journals like Antipode -a journal of radical geography, Critical Sociology, Voluntas and Partecipazione e Conflitto. She is also author of two books: “Housing Movements in Rome: Resistance and Class” (2021), edited by Palgrave McMillan and “Movimenti Urbani”(2021) edited by Mondadori.


Joana Lilli Hofstetter is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy, and a member of the Center on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos). She completed her PhD at the Scuola Normale Superiore where she worked on the collective self-organisation of sex workers and prostitution politics in Germany under the supervision of Donatella della Porta. Joana is also co-founder and board member of the German Association for Sex Work and Prostitution Research ( Her main research areas are social movements organising at the intersection of gender, sexuality and labour, as well as feminist theories, participatory methodologies, and research ethics.


Working group Ljubljana (The Peace Institute, University of Ljubljana):

Profile Picture Mojca Pajnik

Mojca Pajnik is a senior research advisor at the Peace Institute in Ljubljana and an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Media and Communication, University of Ljubljana. Her scholarship resides at the intersection of political theory, media and communication, social movements and political participation. She is head of the research programme “Equality and Human Rights in Times of Global Governance” at the Peace Institute (financed by the Slovenian Research Agency, 2020-2026), a partner to VolkswagenStiftung ECSEuro project (2022-2025), to Norface POPBACK, Populist Backlash, Democratic Backsliding, and the Crisis of the Rule of Law in the European Union (2021-2023, and to Horizont 2020 FIERCE, Feminist Movements Revitalizing Democracy in Europe (2022-2025, Mojca was awarded for scientific excellency from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana in 2014 and in 2021 for the “excellent in science” by the Slovenian Research Agency, for the article “Engendering Media Work: Institutionalizing the Norms of Entrepreneurial Subjectivities”, published in Journalism (co-authored by M. Hrženjak). Her books include Populism and the Web: Communicative Practices of Parties and Movements in Europe (co-edited with B. Sauer, Routledge, 2017), and the recent publication in Journalism StudiesJavnost-The Public, Sexuality Research & Social Policy, Communications, South-Eastern Europe etc. She is member of editorial board of Global Media and Communication and of Journal of Alternative and Community Media.

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Profile Picture Sandi Abram

Sandi Abram holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Eastern Finland. Between 2017-2021 he participated as doctoral researcher in the ERC-funded project SENSOTRA – Sensory Transformations and Transgenerational Environmental Relationships in Europe 1950-2020 (ERC-2015-AdG 694893). In 2020 he was awarded the Finnish Cultural Foundation scholarship. Between 2012-2020, he was a member of the editorial board of the Journal for the Critique of Science and Imagination, and New Anthropology. In 2022, he co-edited (with Blaž Bajič and Rajko Muršič) the book Senses of Cities: Anthropology, Art, Sensory Transformations (Ljubljana University Press). His main research interests are in the fields of aestheticization, sensory and urban studies, atmospheres, non-institutional creative practices, multimodal and collaborative ethnography. At the Peace Institute, Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies, Ljubljana, he works as a postdoctoral researcher. He is also a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Ljubljana.


Profile Picture Marko Ribac

Marko Ribać is an assistant and a postdoctoral researcher at The Peace Institute in Ljubljana. He started his research work at The Peace Institute as a young researcher and a PhD student in 2014 and he defended his doctoral thesis on the communicative practices of Slovenian social movements and activist collectives in 2018 (Communication Sciences department, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana). Beside his theoretical interest in social, political and theories of communication his main research topics range from structural transformations of political, journalistic and economic sphere, populism, authoritarianism and illiberalism to popular protests, social movements and alternative media. Thus far he mainly published his research findings in Slovenian academic journals: Javnost/The public, Družboslovne razprave, Annales, Časopis za kritiko znanosti etc.

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Profile Picture Tjasa Turnsek

Tjaša Turnšek is a research assistant at Peace Institute and PhD candidate at the Communication science department (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana). She holds a MA in cultural studies and bachelor’s degree in sociology. She obtained her master’s degree with thesis Critical Discourse Analysis: Media Representation of the Refugee awarded by the Professor Klinar Fund Award. She has participated in research projects that addressed critical discourse analysis and media representation which focused on discrimination of specific target groups. Her current academic work concerns right-wing and media populism, and the ownership of Slovenian media structures. From 2018 to 2020, she worked as project manager in NGO focusing on creating awareness campaigns.