Dr. Nicola Montagna joined the Department of Criminology and Sociology and the Crime and Conflict Research Centre at Middlesex University in September 2008. He holds a PhD in Sociology at Middlesex University and a MSc in Sociology from London School of Economics, as well as a BA in Philosophy from Milan University, Italy. He is a member of the British Sociological Association.

His current research focuses on global social movements and collective violence, occupied social centres and youth movements, urban movements, international migration, migrant protests, Italian politics, political and sociological thought. He has widely published in peer reviewed journals and edited books in several languages. He is co-editor with Vincenzo Ruggiero of Social Movements: a reader, Routledge, 2008, and with Sue Mew of ‘Conflicts within the crisis’, Social Justice, Vol. 39:1, 2013 http://www.socialjusticejournal.org/?product=conflicts-within-the-crisis-vol-391-2011.

Programme Leader of the BA in Sociology


Courses taught this academic year:

  • SOC 2530: State, society and globalization (Module Leader with Dr. Jon Mulholland)
  • SOC 3710: Violence and Society (Module Leader)
  • SOC 3660: Dissertation
  • Global social movements
  • Occupied social centres, youth movements and urban movements
  • International migration, migrant protests
  • Political and sociological thought
  • Italian politics
  • Doctoral students welcome in these and related areas.

Nicola has supervised and is currently supervising MPhil/PhD's in the areas of: migration and co-development, social movements in the UK, violence in the intimate sphere, Italian politics.

Refereed articles:

  • Montagna N. (2013) “Labour, Citizenship and Subjectivity: Migrants’ Struggles within the Italian Crisis”, to be published in Social Justice. A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order, Vol.39 (1) February-March 2013
  • Hatziprokopiou P, Montagna N. (2012) 'Contested Chinatown: Chinese migrants incorporation and the urban space in London and Milan', fully accepted and to be published in Ethnicities, (to be published and available on line)
  • Sales, R., Hatziprokopiou, P., Christiansen, F., D'Angelo, A., Liang, X., Lin, X., and Montagna, N. (2011) “London's Chinatown: Diaspora, identity and belonging”, International Journal of Business & Globalisation, Volume 7 Issue 2.
  • Montagna N. (2010) “The making of a global movement. Cycles of protest and scale of action”, Sociological Review,58 (4), pp638-655.
  • Montagna N. (2010) “Desobediencia global: el adiós al Estado-nación?” Veredas: Revista del Pensamiento Sociológico, 11 (21); pp25-45.
  • Montagna N. (2010) “Identità Antagoniste Itinerari dell’«autonomia» negli anni ottanta” Zapruder, sotrie in movimento, 21 (peer reviewed), pp142-152.
  • Montagna, N. (2006). “The decommodification of urban space and the Centro Sociale Rivolta”, City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action10(3), pp295-304.

Edited books and Journals:

  • Montagna N., Mew S. (2013) "Conflicts within the crisis", a special issue for Social Justice. A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order, Vol.39 (1) February-March 2013.
  • Montagna N., Ruggiero V. (2008). Social Movements. A Reader, Routledge: London. Book of the month for the European Sociological Association for September 2008,
  • Montagna, N. (ed.) (2007). I Movimenti Sociali e la Mobilitazione Globale (contributions by Mario Pianta, Donatella della Porta, Doug McAdam, Dietr Rucht, Vincenzo Ruggiero, Sidney Tarrow) Franco Angeli: Milan.
  • Montagna, N. & Tacchi, E.M. (2004). La comunicazione ambientale in alcune imprese pubbliche e private (The environmental communication of public and private companies). Franco Angeli: Milan.

Chapters in edited books:

  • Montagna N. (2012) “La riunificazione familiare nel Regno Unito”, in V. Cesareo (ed.) Diciottesimo rapporto sulle migrazioni 2012, Franco Angeli, Milano
  • Montagna N. (2012) Conflitti, movimenti e cambiamento sociale nelle teorie sui movimenti", in Amalia Rossi and Alexander Koensler (eds.) Comprendere il dissenso.Etnografia e antropologia dei movimenti sociali, Perugia, Morlacchi Editore
  • Montagna N. (2011) “Multiculturalismo, politiche d’integrazione e big society nel Regno Unito”, in V. Cesareo (ed.) Diciasettesimo rapporto sulle migrazioni 2011, Franco Angeli, Milano
  • Montagna N. (2010) “L'immigrazione irregolare nel Regno Unito”, in V. Cesareo (ed.) Sedicesimo rapporto sulle migrazioni 2010, Franco Angeli, Milano
  • Montagna N. (2009) “Migrazione e recessione nel Regno Unito”, in V. Cesareo (ed.) Quindicesimo rapporto sulle migrazioni 2009, Franco Angeli, Milano
  • Montagna N. (2009) Five entries on some Italian Social Movements of the last forty years including the Peace movement in Italy, the Occupied Social Centres, the Anti-Psychiatric Movement and the Anti Racist Movement, in Immanuel Ness (Ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present, Blackwell Publishing, Boston.
  • Montagna N. (2009) “La nuova migrazione cinese nel Regno Unito”, in M. Lombardi (ed.) Quattordicesimo rapporto sulle migrazioni 2008, Franco Angeli, Milano
  • Rosemary Sales, Xiujing Liang, Nicola Montagna and Alessio D’Angelo (2008) “London’s Chinatown: branded place or community space?” in Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Eleonore Kofman, and Catherine Kevin (eds.) Branding Cities and Cultural Borders: Cosmopolitanism, Parochialism, and Social Change, Routledge, London
  • Montagna, N., (2008) ‘Social Movements and Global Mobilisations’, in V. Ruggiero and N. Montagna, (2008). Social Movements. A Reader, London: Routledge.
  • Montagna, N. (2008) “Chinatown, Londra: città vetrina e luogo d’appartenenza”, in CIRMiB, Immigrazione e contesti locali. Annuario CIRMiB 2008", Vita & Pensiero, Milano
  • Montagna, N. (2007). Rappresentanza ed autorganizzazione: il welfare dal basso dei Centri Sociali del Nord-Est. In Tommaso Vitale (ed),Rappresentanza e movimenti urbani. Franco Angeli: Milan.
  • Women in nationalist movements in the UK, Dr. Jon Mulholland (PI), Dr. Nicola Montagna, Dr. Erin Sanders-McDonagh - British Academy/Leverhulme Grant (July 2013-Dec 2014)
  • A comparative study of Citizenship in Europe, Home Office, Italy (through the research institute ISMU,Iniziative e Studi sulla Multietnicità, €7000)
  • The Equality Implications of Being a Migrant in Britain: a Review, Equal and Human Rights Commission, (February 2008 – June 2008). Value of research grant approx. 20K
  • New Migrants Communities in the UK, Refugee Housing Association (October 2006- March 2007). Value of research grant approx. 20K.
  • Cityscapes of diaspora: images and realities of London’s Chinatown: funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council(18 months – 2007-08). Value of research grant approx. 220K
  • The changing Chinese Community in London: new migration, new needsfunded by the Big Lottery Fund 2006-08 – two years. Value of research grant approx. 240
  • SMILING (Skilled Migrants and Labour Market Integration), with Jubany O., Sales R. et al. (2003-2005) European Commission, VI Framework Programme