Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


10 Oct 2018

Cristina Flesher Fominaya appointed Editor-in-Chief of Social Movement Studies Journal

Dr. Cristina Flesher Fominaya, world leading scholar in Social Movement Studies and European politics and media, has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of a leading international journal, Social Movement Studies.

Social Movement Studies is an international and inter-disciplinary journal providing a forum for academic debate and analysis of extra-parliamentary political, cultural and social movements throughout the world. The journal has a broad, inter-disciplinary approach that engages with any theoretical school and which explores the origins, development, organisation, values, context and impact of historical and contemporary movements active in all parts of the world. It publishes six issues a year and its 2017 Impact Factor was 1.581 (2018 release of the Journal Citation Reports®) making it the top ranked journal in the field of social movement studies.

Dr Flesher Fominaya brings a wealth of experience to the role. She has been an editor on the journal since 2013, but will now step into the Editor-in-Chief role, joining fellow co-Editor-in-Chief Kevin Gillan of the University of Manchester, and working with a team of coordinating editors, all of whom are internationally renowned scholars in the field. Dr. Flesher Fominaya is also a founding editor of the global open access social movements journal Interface Journal, and has served as an editor of the Berkeley Journal of Sociology in addition to serving as associate editor for several book series and journals.

Dr Flesher Fominaya is a Reader in Social Politics and Media in POLIS and a member of the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture. Dr Flesher Fominaya joined the University in April 2018 as an Excellence100 appointment, a campaign launched in 2017 to recruit up to 100 outstanding academics across a wide range of disciplines.

She is an internationally recognized expert in social movements and politics who has been researching and participating in European social movements since the early 1990s, exploring the dynamics of resistance, participation and collective identity formation in autonomous movements. She publishes widely on European and global social movements, hybrid parties, digital politics and media, collective identity, democracy, autonomy, and political participation, including three books: Social Movements and Globalization: How Protests, Occupations and Uprisings are changing the world (2014), Resisting Austerity (2018 with Graeme Hayes) and Understanding European Social Movements (2013 with Laurence Cox).  She has another book forthcoming Technology, Media and Movements (2018 with Kevin Gillan) and is currently finalizing a revised and updated edition of Social Movements and Globalization (Palgrave 2019) and Routledge Handbook on Contemporary European Social Movements (with Ramón Feenstra). Dr Flesher Fominaya also publishes in outlets such as Open Democracy and the Conversation, and her articles are often among the most read in various publication outlets.

Dr. Flesher Fominaya has delivered over 40 keynotes and expert speaker engagements around the world including engagements with world leaders, politicians, journalists, film makers, activists and other stakeholders. She is currently working with a team of editors on the journal to convene the first ever Social Movement Studies Journal Conference, which will be held on the Loughborough University London Campus in June 2019. Her research has been funded by such fellowships and institutions as the Marie Sklodowska-Curie IEF, The National Science Foundation, The German Marshall Fund, and the British Academy. She has served as an external expert evaluator for 10 international funding agencies, including the ERC and the ESRC.