Name: Davide Gnes

Host Institution: Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Profile: Davide Gnes is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher within the INTEGRIM Initial Training Network and a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). His research focuses on comparative urban political mobilization of migrants on issues of social and economic rights. His main research interests relate to: a) migrant political participation and social mobilization; b) citizenship, rights and social protection; c) social capital and social networks. Davide completed a Masters’ Degree in Postcolonial Studies and International Relations (cum laude) at the University of Pavia, Italy as well as a 2-year Research Master in International Migration and Social Cohesion (MISOCO) between Amsterdam, Bilbao, Lima and Riga. His latest Masters’ thesis, a multi-sited study of the Peruvian migrant community between Italy and Peru, looked at the way in which social protection safety nets are informally arranged by migrants, both at the local and transnational level, by means of dynamic social capital. Prior to his current position, Davide worked for a number of NGOs and nonprofit organizations in Jordan, Spain and Denmark on issues relating to migrants’ and refugees’ rights and international development. Through the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), he has been recently involved in supporting capacity-building of North African civil society organizations on migration and asylum issues, as well as in conducting research on transit migration in the Maghreb region.


         Scientific Publications:

         Book Chapters:

  • GNES, D. and VERMEULEN, F. (Forthcoming, 2017). “Legitimacy as the Basis for Organizational Development of Voluntary Organizations.” In CNAAN, RAM AND CARL MILOFSKY (eds), The Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations.

         Conference Presentations:

  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) – regular session of the Labor and Labor Movements Section. TITLE: “Beyond the Los Angeles Model? Understanding the recent evolution of immigrant worker organizations through a resource-based model”. DATE AND PLACE: 20 August 2016. Seattle, US
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Community Handbook Authors Meeting. TITLE: “Legitimacy as the basis for organizational development of voluntary organizations.”DATE AND PLACE: 18 August 2016. Seattle, US
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: IMISCOE 13th Annual Conference. TITLE: “Representing immigrant workers, residents… or funders? Using a legitimacy framework to understand conflicting commitments of an immigrant rights organization”. DATE AND PLACE: 1 July 2016. Charles University, Prague, CZ
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Sussex Migration Graduate Conference. TITLE: “Immigrant workers, ethnics or residents? Change, power and strategic dilemmas in an immigrant organization in Los Angeles”. DATE AND PLACE: 15 March 2016. University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: INTEGRIM Conference. TITLE:  Cultural strategic action in the US immigrant rights movement. The case of Los Angeles. DATE AND PLACE: 19 November 2015, Koç University, Istanbul, TR
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA)TITLE: “Immigration, citizenship and the city. Networks of social movement organizations and the evolution of political discourse in the Los Angeles immigrant rights movement.” DATE AND PLACE: 17 August 2014. San Francisco, US
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Migration Researchers in the Field: A Graduate Student Conference on Method & TheoryTITLE: “Migration, Citizenship and the City. How Migrant Rights Movements Are Challenging the Urban Political Arena”. DATE AND PLACE: 8-9 April 2014. Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR) University of Sussex – Brighton, UK
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: IMISCOE PhD ConferenceTITLE: “The Re-Making of Citizenship in the City. How Networks of Migrant Advocacy Groups and Grassroots Organizations Are Challenging the Urban Political Arena”. DATE AND PLACE: 22 January 2014. University of Antwerp – Antwerp, BE
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Contentious Politics and Organizations Working Group Seminar. TITLE:  Organizational legitimacy beyond ethnicity? Shifting organizational logics in the struggle for immigrant rights in Los Angeles. DATE AND PLACE: 4 March 2015 – Department of Sociology, University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, US