Louisa Rosemary Parks

Via Tommaso Gar, 14 - 38122 Trento
tel. 0461 283838
louisa.parks[at]unitn [dot] it
Area CUN: Scienze politiche e sociali (14)
Settore scientifico disciplinare: SOCIOLOGIA DEI FENOMENI POLITICI (SPS/11)

  • Post-Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Teaching and Learning, University of Lincoln, 2015.
  • Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, 2009.
  • M.Res. in Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, 2004.
  • B.A. (Hons) First Class in Politics and French, University of Leeds, 2002.
Carriera accademica ed attività didattica
  • University of Trento, Italy, School of International Studies, Associate Professor in Political Sociology, October 2017-present.
  • University of Lincoln, School of Social and Political Sciences, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, September 2015-present.
  • University of Lincoln, School of Social and Political Sciences, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, January 2013-August 2015.
  • Research Assistant for Italy, Subterranean Politics in Europe project, February 2012-April 2012.
  • Course Lecturer, Boston University Center for Italian and European Studies, October 2005-December 2005.
  • Parliamentary Researcher to Phillip Whitehead MEP, European Parliament, September 2002-July 2003.
Interessi di ricerca

European Union - participation, democracy, civil society; social movements; global environmental politics and governance; political ecology.

Attività di ricerca
  • Research Fellow, BENELEX ERC project, November 2013-present (concludes October 2018). Working papers, publications and further information available at http://www.strath.ac.uk/research/strathclydecentreenvironmentallawgovernance/benelex/
Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Partecipazione e Conflitto (Participation and Conflict), the Open Journal of Sociopolitical Studies, member of editorial board.
  • Centre on Social Movement Studies, external collaborator.
Premi e riconoscimenti
  • International Relations: course of the year, Lincoln University Students’ Union Award, 2016.
  • European Research Council Starting Grant awarded to Prof. Elisa Morgera, £267,502 associated to BENELEX research fellow Parks, 2013.
  • University of Lincoln College Research Fund, £2000, 2013.
  • Studentship at the European University Institute, Department for Education and Skills, 2003.
Convegni e conferenze


  • Practicing the Commons, XVI Biennial IASC Conference, Utrecht, July 2017. 
  • 1st National Conference on Commons and Social and Solidarity Economy in Greece, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, May 2017.
  • Guest lecture (invited speaker), How and when can “voice” work? Evidence from European social movement campaigns. College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium and Universite Libre de Bruxelles, April 2017.
  • Economic and Social Research Council Seminar: Understanding the post-crisis landscape: assessing change in economic management, welfare, work and democracy in the context of Brexit, (invited speaker), Brussels, November 2016.
  • European Sociological Association research network 25 midterm conference: friends and foes of social movements: Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, October 2016.
  • British International Studies Association annual conference, Edinburgh, June 2016.
  • Local-global interactions in environmental law and policy, University of Lincoln, May 2016.
  • Democratic participation in a citizens’ Europe (workshop facilitator), University of Liverpool, May 2016.
  • Rights and resources: community engagement with extractive industries (debate facilitator), Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Berlin, April 2016.
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Lancaster, April 2016.
  • Circulation de normes et réseaux d’acteurs dans la gouvernance internationale de l’environnement, Aix-en-Provence, March 2016.
  • Decolonising the academy, University of Edinburgh, February 2016.
  • Fair and Equitable Benefit-Sharing for the Protection and Full Realization of the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities: Challenges and Opportunities in International Law, side event at the Ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Montreal, Canada, November 2015.
  • Exploring Fairness and Equity in Benefit-Sharing Arrangements, side event at the Sixth meeting of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), Rome, Italy, October 2015.
  • Right to Water debate, European Parliament (invited speaker), Brussels, February 2015.
  • European Citizens’ Initiative debate (invited speaker), European Trade Union Institute, Brussels, January 2015.
  • British Political Studies Association annual conference, Sheffield, March 2014.
  • Ius Comune, University of Edinburgh, December 2014.
  • British International Studies Association workshop, University of Sheffield, October 2014.
  • European Consortium for Political Research annual conference, University of Glasgow, September 2014.
  • Alternatives to European executive federalism: civil society, social movements and radical critique (invited speaker), University of Trento, July 2014.
  • Voters, protest and policies: bridging public opinion, social movement outcomes and policy responsiveness research, University of Leicester, June 2014.
  • Guest lecture (invited speaker), Universite Libre de Bruxelles, December 2013.
  • European Sociological Association conference, University of Torino, August 2013.
  • European Consortium for Political Research Joint Sessions, University of Mainz, March 2013.