• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour.  Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, placed in Pisa, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. 

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 


Palazzo Strozzi

Scuola Normale Superiore
Piazza degli Strozzi, 1
50123, FIRENZE


Andrea is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS), Institute for Humanities and Social Science, Scuola Normale Superiore. In 2014, he earned his PhD at the School of Politics and International Relations, Australian National University. During his PhD research he worked as a member of the Center for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance under the supervision of Prof. John Dryzek, investigating the deliberative democratic qualities of public sphere organizations. Andrea has worked as a Research Assistant (Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, Australia), Hoover Postdoctoral Fellow (Hoover Chair of Social and Economic Ethics, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium) Postdoctoral Researcher (University of Lille 3, France), and Research Associate (European University Institute, Italy). He has published in several international academic journals and is the author of a monograph Deliberative Democracy and Social Movements (Rowman & Littlefield International). His academic interests include democratic theory and practice, public sphere, comparative politics and environmental politics.

5 Most recent publications:

  1. della Porta, Donatella and Andrea Felicetti. Democratic Innovations and Social Movements, in Governance Report, Hertie School of Governance, Oxford University Press, (2017).
  2. Felicetti, Andrea, Deliberative Democracy and Social Movements: Transition Initiatives in the Public Sphere, London, UK, Rowman & Littlefield International (2016).
  3. Cossart, Paula, Andrea Felicetti, James Kloppenberg. Introduction. Les town meetings, mythe fondateur de la démocratie américaine, Participations Vol. 15, no. 2 (2016): 1-12.
  4. Felicetti, Andrea. A deliberative case for democracy in firms. Journal of Business Ethics (2016): 1-12.
  5. Felicetti, Andrea, Simon Niemeyer, and Nicole Curato. Improving deliberative participation: connecting mini-publics to deliberative systems. European Political Science Review (2015): 1-22.

Relevant previous projects:

  • Knowledge production and sharing in collective action on social and sustainable economy (Scuola Normale Superiore)
  • The Charlie Hebdo debate: deliberation and polarization in European public spheres (European University Institute, Scuola Normale Superiore)
  • Deliberative democratic qualities in the public sphere (PhD research Project, Australian National University)


Democracy; social movements; environmental politics; comparative politics.