Prof. Dr Mario Diani

Professor of Sociology

Department of Sociology & social research
University of Trento

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Thema und Abstract der Keynote/ Topic and Abstract of Keynote

Coordinating collective action: How interactions (may) generate structural patterns

This presentation will address, admittedly in a very cursory way, three fundamental questions that are shared by analysts of collective action and organizational dynamics, if possibly from different angles. The first one has to do with the basic organizational forms of collective action in contemporary society. The basic opposition between bureaucracies and networks is too crude to capture the complexity of ways in which collective action may be coordinated. Recognizing the multiplicity of „modes of coordination“ operating within organizational fields provides a key to address the second question, namely, whether patterns of collective action have changed over the last few decades, in particular since the digital revolution. Finally, some tentative hypotheses will be put forward regarding the extent to which similar patterns of change may be spotted across different areas of the world. While the bulk of the argument will take an eminently Western-centric perspective, this final section will attempt to explore critically the implications of this approach for the analysis of collective action on a broader scale.

Academic Bio

Mario Diani is professor of Sociology at the University of Trento, that he joined in 2001 and where he served as head of the Department of Sociology and social research and as dean of the Faculty of Sociology. Earlier, he was Chair of Sociology at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (1996-2001), where he served as head of the Department of Government. Between 2010 and 2012 he was ICREA Research Professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Professor Diani has worked extensively on social network approaches to social movements and collective action. His book The Cement of Civil Society, based on a study of the structure of civic networks in British cities, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. Recently he also co-edited with Donatella della Porta The Oxford Handbook of Social Movements (Oxford University Press, 2015). Articles have appeared in leading journals including American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Networks, Theory and Society, Mobilization, Environmental Politics, and Information, Communication & Society.



Prof. Dr. Nina Kolleck

Professorin Arbeitsbereich Bildungsforschung und soziale Systeme

Fachbereich Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie

Freie Universität Berlin

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Thema und Abstract der Keynote/ Topic and Abstract of Keynote

Educational networks and organizational innovation: strengths and challenges of Social Network Analysis

Academic Bio

Nina Kolleck is W1 Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany. There she heads the Institute of Educational Research and Social Systems and conducts research projects dealing with topics around educational cooperation, organizations and instuitions, educational research, social innovations, educational governance, sustainable development and quantitative as well as qualitative Social Network Analysis.

Before joining the Freie Universität Berlin she worked as the head of a research group at the University of Heidelberg and the Hertie School of Governance. She studied in Potsdam, Caen and Quito and earned her PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin. Having gained third party funding and scholarships from different institutions and funders she currently holds grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG) as well as the Mercator Foundation and the German Ministry of Education and Research. In the last few years she was a research visitor at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), the University of Washington (Seattle), the Universidad Politecnica Salesiana de Quito and the Université de Caen. Her research results were published in different journals such as Journal of Education Policy, Journal of European Public Policy, Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, Zeitschrift für Pädagogik or Discourse Studies.