ECRP08 Collaboration led by the University of Antwerp: Caught in the Act of Protest: Contextualising Contestation (CCC)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Exeter
Department Name: Politics

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Related Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
ES/G011621/1 01/05/2009 31/01/2013 £225,603
ES/G011621/2 Transfer ES/G011621/1 01/02/2013 30/09/2013 £14,617
 
Description Our article in Mobilization (Saunders et al 2012), on differential protest participation, seeks to uncover the characteristics of those who protest to different degrees and intensity of protest. We analyse data from 9 demonstrations and explore the differences between four groups of protesters: novices, returners, repeaters and stalwarts. We find that whilst aspects of biographical availability distinguish our four groups, they do not do so as a matter of degree. Structural availability and emotions to not distinguish the groups at all, but political engagement appears to increase in-line with increasing frequency and intensity of participation in demonstrations.

A forthcoming piece in Global Environmental Politics by Rootes and Swedish project partners explores the relationship between climate change protests and global justice. By exploring climate protests in three countries, we are able to point to different mobilization contexts that contribute to different rates of identification with the GJM and variations in the framing of climate change.

A conference paper by Saunders (2013) presented at the PSA in 2013 explores the relationship between formal political participation and protest. This paper finds that those who protest with the highest degree of intensity are not disconnected from formal political institutions. Whilst they are no more likely than those who do not protest at all to vote in a general election, they are more likely to identify closely with a political party and to have contacted a politician in the past 12 months.

Whereas the three papers listed above relate most closely to our original research aims and objectives, the richness of the data means that we have also been able to address other questions. Rainsford (2013) has used the data to show that youth take a variety of paths into activism. Sotirakopoulos and Rootes (2013) found that the Occupy movement is the result of a concatenation of historical precedents, the current economic crisis and transnational diffusion. Roth et al (2013) note how Occupy participants have differential routes into participation but share emphasis on prefigurative politics. Olcese and Saunders (2013) find that student protests are not archetypal new social movements. And Van Troost and Olcese (2013) find that the relationship between framing and emotions is more complex than current theoretical approaches allow for.
Exploitation Route Our findings might be taken forward in the following ways:
1. By scholars seeking for more nuanced data on protesters than available in existing socio-political surveys on political participation
2. It can be used for statistical modelling and hypotheses testing of theories of protest and social movements
3. By protest organisers, seeking to mobilise for demonstrations.
Sectors Education,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Other

URL http://www.protestsurvey.eu/index.php?page=publications
 
Description The findings have been used in the following ways: 1. To develop and test theories of participation in protest 2. To facilitate comparisons of protests across a) countries and b) issues 3. By protest organisers, seeking to improve their mobilization strategies
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Creative Economy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description ECRP Collaboration 
Organisation Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our team contributed to the development of research protocols for the state-of-the-art in protest surveying. We contributed UK data to this 10-country survey of protests: protest survey data, contextual data, media analysis.
Collaborator Contribution We worked together on the protocols, and on contributing to the most significant protest survey data-set yet known in academia.
Impact Please see the website. There are manuals for data-collection and project publications posted. http://protestsurvey.eu
Start Year 2009
 
Description ECRP Collaboration 
Organisation European University Institute
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our team contributed to the development of research protocols for the state-of-the-art in protest surveying. We contributed UK data to this 10-country survey of protests: protest survey data, contextual data, media analysis.
Collaborator Contribution We worked together on the protocols, and on contributing to the most significant protest survey data-set yet known in academia.
Impact Please see the website. There are manuals for data-collection and project publications posted. http://protestsurvey.eu
Start Year 2009
 
Description ECRP Collaboration 
Organisation Free University of Amsterdam
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our team contributed to the development of research protocols for the state-of-the-art in protest surveying. We contributed UK data to this 10-country survey of protests: protest survey data, contextual data, media analysis.
Collaborator Contribution We worked together on the protocols, and on contributing to the most significant protest survey data-set yet known in academia.
Impact Please see the website. There are manuals for data-collection and project publications posted. http://protestsurvey.eu
Start Year 2009
 
Description ECRP Collaboration 
Organisation Masaryk University
Country Czech Republic 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our team contributed to the development of research protocols for the state-of-the-art in protest surveying. We contributed UK data to this 10-country survey of protests: protest survey data, contextual data, media analysis.
Collaborator Contribution We worked together on the protocols, and on contributing to the most significant protest survey data-set yet known in academia.
Impact Please see the website. There are manuals for data-collection and project publications posted. http://protestsurvey.eu
Start Year 2009
 
Description ECRP Collaboration 
Organisation University of Antwerp
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our team contributed to the development of research protocols for the state-of-the-art in protest surveying. We contributed UK data to this 10-country survey of protests: protest survey data, contextual data, media analysis.
Collaborator Contribution We worked together on the protocols, and on contributing to the most significant protest survey data-set yet known in academia.
Impact Please see the website. There are manuals for data-collection and project publications posted. http://protestsurvey.eu
Start Year 2009
 
Description ECRP Collaboration 
Organisation University of California
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our team contributed to the development of research protocols for the state-of-the-art in protest surveying. We contributed UK data to this 10-country survey of protests: protest survey data, contextual data, media analysis.
Collaborator Contribution We worked together on the protocols, and on contributing to the most significant protest survey data-set yet known in academia.
Impact Please see the website. There are manuals for data-collection and project publications posted. http://protestsurvey.eu
Start Year 2009
 
Description ECRP Collaboration 
Organisation University of Geneva
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our team contributed to the development of research protocols for the state-of-the-art in protest surveying. We contributed UK data to this 10-country survey of protests: protest survey data, contextual data, media analysis.
Collaborator Contribution We worked together on the protocols, and on contributing to the most significant protest survey data-set yet known in academia.
Impact Please see the website. There are manuals for data-collection and project publications posted. http://protestsurvey.eu
Start Year 2009
 
Description ECRP Collaboration 
Organisation University of Gothenburg
Country Sweden 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our team contributed to the development of research protocols for the state-of-the-art in protest surveying. We contributed UK data to this 10-country survey of protests: protest survey data, contextual data, media analysis.
Collaborator Contribution We worked together on the protocols, and on contributing to the most significant protest survey data-set yet known in academia.
Impact Please see the website. There are manuals for data-collection and project publications posted. http://protestsurvey.eu
Start Year 2009
 
Description ECRP Collaboration 
Organisation University of Santiago de Compostela
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our team contributed to the development of research protocols for the state-of-the-art in protest surveying. We contributed UK data to this 10-country survey of protests: protest survey data, contextual data, media analysis.
Collaborator Contribution We worked together on the protocols, and on contributing to the most significant protest survey data-set yet known in academia.
Impact Please see the website. There are manuals for data-collection and project publications posted. http://protestsurvey.eu
Start Year 2009
 
Description Briefing sheet for TUC March for the Alternative protest survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Caught in the Act of protest: Contextualising Contestation results were discussed and followed by a lively discussion.

The workshop - at which all the briefing sheets were discussed - sparked interest from activist groups for future collaboration in social science research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Briefing sheet from 2010 National Climate March survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact National Climate March survey results were discussed and compared to other protest survey findings.

NGO representatives became interested in future work with useful activism-relevant social science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Briefing sheet from Fund our Future 2010 survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion of implications of academic work for protest organisers seeking to mobilise participants. With interest from the audience to continue to pursue activism-academia partnerships.

A number of protest organisers expressed willingness to collaborate in social science research on protest in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011
 
Description Briefing sheet from London Pride 2012 protest survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact London Pride 2012protest survey results were discussed alongside other findings from the project. These briefing sheets all refer to one workshop event, but they are listed as separate outputs due to the oddities of transfers from Research Outcomes to Research Fish. Therefore I'm starting to tire of repeating the same material over and over.

Protest organisers expressed interest in our work and a desire to work collaboratively with us on other projects that lead to movement/activism relevant projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012
 
Description Briefing sheet from May Day Labour March 2010 survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact National Climate March surveys were discussed in the context of other protest survey results.

NGO participants expressed an interest in continuing to work collaboratively with us in creating movement-relevant knowledge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Briefing sheet from May Day Labour March survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact May Day Labour March survey findings were discussed, and their implications for protest organisers were considered.

Protest organisers who attended expressed interest in continuing to work with us on collaborative projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Briefing sheet from Million Women Rise demonstration survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was one of several briefing sheets presented. Together, we worked on ways forward, for producing activism-relevant knowledge.

Several protest organisers expressed an interest in working collaboratively in the future
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Briefing sheet from National Climate March survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We discussed this briefing sheet at the workshop along with the other summary sheets. We had a productive discussion afterwards.

Some protest organisers have expressed an interest to work collaboratively with us in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Briefing sheet from No to Hate Crime Vigil survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We had an interesting discussion afterwards, and raised some ideas for possible future collaborative projects.

Some of our participants (especially Christian Ecology Link and HACAN Clearskies) are interested in future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011
 
Description Briefing sheet from Take Back Parliament survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Caught in the Act of Protest: Contextualising Contestation project results were discussed and we had an interesting discussion afterwards considering ways forward for research collaboration.

At least two activist organisations are interested in future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Briefing sheet of ULU/National campaign Against Fees and Cuts march and NUS/UCU Rally on Victoria Embankment survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Caught in the Act of Protest Dissemination: we raised awareness of our project findings; and illustrated how academic research might be useful for protest organisations.

Some protest organisers have requested that we consider them when collaborative project funds are being sought.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Caught In the Act of Protest Project Outreach event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We sparked interest in social science research among protest organisers.

NGO representatives are interested in further collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011
 
Description Feedback card from respondents in our outreach workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Feedback card from respondents in our outreach workshop: This provides an example of the types of projects that protest organisations would find useful in the future.

Interesting ideas for collaborative projects are at an early stage of development. Although project ideas are embryonic, partners for future projects are now clearly identified.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012