• 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 four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located 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  Sciences, and the Department of Political 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 Department of Political 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. 

BOSI Lorenzo
Lorenzo BOSI
Research Fellow
Sociology of Political Phenomena
Tel. +39 055 2673 309

Palazzo Strozzi

Dipartimento di Scienze politico-sociali
Piazza degli Strozzi, 1
50123, FIRENZE


Lorenzo Bosi is Assistant Professor (Ricercatore a Tempo Determinato) in Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore. He has received his Ph.D. in politics from Queen’s University, Belfast, in 2005 and is the past recipient of the ECRC (University of Kent), Jean Monnet and Marie Curie (EUI) post-doctorate fellowships. He is a political sociologist pursuing comparative analysis into the cross-disciplinary fields of social movements and political violence. He has directed and collaborated on a number of national and international research projects on topics relating to social movements, political violence, and political participation. Since 2014, he is also part of the editorial boards of the academic journals Mobilization and Partecipazione e Conflitto – Participation and Conflict. He is one of the two chairs of the Social Movements SN at the European Sociological Association (ESA).

5 Most recent publications (already published, HARVARD Reference Style):

  1. Lorenzo Bosi and Gianluca DeFazio. 2017. The Troubles: Northern Ireland and Theories of Social Movements. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2. Lorenzo Bosi. 2016. Vite di lotta armata. Storie di attivismo nella Provisional IRA. Roma: Carocci.
  3. Lorenzo Bosi, Marco Giugni and Katrin Uba. 2016. The Consequences of Social Movements: Policies, People and Institutions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  4. Lorenzo Bosi, Niall O’Dochartaigh and Dr. Daniela Pisoiu. 2015. Political Violence in Context. Time, Space and Milieu. ECPR PRESS.
  5. Eitan Alimi, Chares Demetriou and Lorenzo Bosi. 2015. The Dynamics of Radicalization. A Relational and Comparative Perspective. New York: Oxford University Press.

5 Relevant previous projects:

  1. “Armed Groups Shifting Forms of Political Violence: a Socio-Spatial Relational Approach”, Internal SNS grant
  2. “Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities”, EURYKA, H2020 (http://www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/euryka/home/)
  3. “Living with Hard Times: How European Citizens Deal with Economic Crises and Their Social and Political Consequences”, LIVEWHAT, FP7th (http://www.livewhat.unige.ch)
  4. CCC, ESF and EUI funded project (http://www.protestsurvey.eu)
  5. Cycles of political violence, Marie Curie Fellow (FP7-PEOPLE-2008-IEF).


  • Social Movements
  • Political Violence
  • Political Sociology
  • Historical Sociology