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Evolution of Spanish Contention (ECOPOL)

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Scientic Supervisor / Contact Person

Name and Surname
Eduardo Romanos

Localization & Research Area

Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Political and Social Science
Applied Sociology
Research Area
Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)

MSCA & ERC experience

Research group / research team hosted any MSCA fellow?
Research group / research team have any ERC beneficiaries?

Research Team & Research Topic

Research Team / Research Group Name (if any)
Evolution of Spanish Contention (ECOPOL)
Website of the Research team / Research Group / Department
Brief description of the Research Team / Research Group / Department
The Evolution of Spanish Contention: A Longitudinal Analysis of Social Movements and Protest, 2000-2020" (ECOPOL) brings together a dozen researchers devoted to the study of social movements and protest in 21st century Spain. ECOPOL is a research project funded by the Agencia Estatal de Investigación.

ECOPOL aims to contribute to filling a gap in the literature on social movements through a longitudinal analysis of contention in contemporary Spain that helps us to clarify the contrasts and identify medium- and long-term dynamics and geographical differences that tend to be overlooked in case studies. The main goal of the proposal is to achieve a better understanding of the evolution of contentious politics in Spain between 2000 and 2020. This objective is broken down into other, more specific goals focused on the analysis of protest cycles and their phases, the interaction between social movement activists and political authorities, the relationship between social movements and the political economy, the realms and scales of protest, the movement/contramovement dynamics and the spatial distribution of protest.

The achievement of these research goals is approached from the methodological triangulation between different techniques, mainly protest event analysis (PEA), which includes both longitudinal and spatial analysis; the in-depth analysis of qualitative interviews; and the analysis of secondary data.

ECOPOL will run for four years, between 2020 and 2024.
Research lines / projects proposed
ECOPOL invites proposals that seek to broaden research perspectives to overcome a still excessively compartmentalized approach in the field of social movements, providing new evidence and generating new evidence-based knowledge on the evolution of contention. Proposals including longitudinal and/or comparative analyses and employing methodological triangulation are especially welcome.

Application requirements

Professional Experience & Documents
Applicants must submit an updated curriculum vitae, a brief letter of motivation and an overview of the research line to be developed in the project.
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