Alice Mattoni

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I am Assistant Professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore, where I teach post-graduate classes on qualitative methods and social movements related topics at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities. I am the Principal Investigator of the research project PiCME – Political participation in Complex Media Environments: A Multi-Level and Multi-Method Approach funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research through the grant S.I.R. – Scientific Independence of young Researchers. In the framework of such research project I investigate how politicians, activists and journalists active on the issues of corruption and labour embed digital and non-digital technologies in their daily political work.

My research lays at the intersection of media and politics. So far, I did research on the perceptions of the journalistic profession in local newsrooms, on activist media practices in precarious workers’ mobilizations, on the use of social media during electoral campaigns, on Occupy Wall Street and, from a comparative perspective, I also did some work on current movements of the crisis and anti-austerity protests in Italy, Spain and Greece. I also study the political organization of temporary, precarious workers and the creation of alternative system of meanings related to labour market flexibility. More recently, I began to do research on the epistemological and methodological implications of the so-called big data analysis for the study of social movements and political participation.

In the past years, I collaborated with several international universities, including the University of Toronto (Canada), the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia), the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (Italy), the University of Pittsburgh (USA), Goldsmiths University of London (UK), and Lakehead University (Canada).

Amongst other publications, I wrote the monograph Media Practices and Protest Politics. How Precarious Workers Mobilise (Ashgate, 2012). I co-edited the following volumes: Spreading Protests. Social Movements in Times of Crisis (ECPR Press, 2014), Mediation and Protest Movements (Intellect, 2013), Advances in the Visual Analysis of Social Movements (Emerald, 2013), and Alla Ricerca dell’Onda. Nuovi Conflitti nel Mondo dell’Istruzione Superiore (Franco Angeli, 2010). My work on social movements, political participation and media practices appeared in several international (Communication Theory, Information Communication & Society, Triple-C, Portal, Cultural Anthropology Online, Sociology Compass, Feminist Review, Working USA) and national journals (Inchiesta, Sociologia del Lavoro, Partecipazione e Conflitto).

For more information about my work and my publications, you can visit my personal website.


  • Mattoni, Alice. 2018 (in corso di pubblicazione). ‘I post, you rally, she tweets… and we all occupy. The challenges of hybrid spatiality in the Occupy Wall Street mobilizations.’ In Social Media Materialities and Protest, edited by Mortensen, Christina Neumayer and Thomas Poell. Routledge.
  • Mattoni, Alice and Diego Ceccobelli. 2018 (in corso di pubblicazione). ‘Comparing hybrid media systems in the digital age: a theoretical framework for analysis’. European Journal of Communication
  • Mattoni, Alice. 2017. ‘A Situated Understanding of Digital Technologies in Social Movements. Media Ecology and Media Practice Approaches’. Social Movement Studies 16 (4): 494–505.
  • Mattoni, Alice. 2017. ‘From Data Extraction to Data Leaking. Data-Activism in Italian and Spanish Anti-Corruption Campaigns’. Partecipazione e Conflitto 10 (3).
  • Treré, Emiliano, Sandra Jeppesen, and Alice Mattoni. 2017. ‘Comparing Digital Protest Media Imaginaries: Anti-Austerity Movements in Greece, Italy & Spain’. TripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society 15 (2): 404–22.
  • Treré, Emiliano, and Alice Mattoni. 2016. ‘Media Ecologies and Protest Movements: Main Perspectives and Key Lessons’. Information, Communication & Society 19 (3): 290–306.
  • della Porta, Donatella, and Alice Mattoni. 2015. ‘Social Networking Sites in Pro-Democracy and Anti-Austerity Protests. Some Thoughts from a Social Movement Perspective’. In Social Media, Politics and the State: Protests, Revolutions, Riots, Crime and Policing in the Age of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, edited by Daniel Trottier and Christian Fuchs. Routledge.
  • Doerr, Nicole, Alice Mattoni, and Simon Teune. 2015. ‘Visuals in Social Movements’. The Oxford Handbook of Social Movements, November.
  • Mattoni, Alice. 2014. ‘The Potentials of Grounded Theory in the Study of Social Movements’. In Methodological Practices in Social Movement Research, edited by Donatella della Porta, 21–42. Oxford [England] ; Malden, MA: Oxford University Press.
  • Mattoni, Alice, and Simon Teune. 2014. ‘Visions of Protest. A Media-Historic Perspective on Images in Social Movements’. Sociology Compass 8 (6): 876–87.
  • Mattoni, Alice, and Emiliano Treré. 2014. ‘Media Practices, Mediation Processes, and Mediatization in the Study of Social Movements’. Communication Theory 24 (3): 252–71.