Felipe G. Santos
Felipe is a PhD candidate at the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations of the Central European University (CEU). His main research interests lie in the fields of social movements and resistance, housing and urban policies, as well as multi-methods methodology for the social sciences. His PhD dissertation studies how activists take care of each other and how care practices influence the mobilization and radicalization of heavily aggrieved groups. Within this context, Felipe has done extensive fieldwork in Barcelona, engaging in participant observation and interviewing members of the Platform for Mortgage-affected People, the biggest housing movement in Spain.
In addition to his dissertation, Felipe works with Prof. Dorit Geva on a project aimed at understanding the strategies and impact of ultra-conservative and anti-gender movements on EU politics. The focus of this project is on the mobilization that arose around the European Parliament´s report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, commonly referred as the Estrela Report, and its aftermath.
Felipe has research experience collaborating in both European (FP7 framework) and US (MINERVA initiative) funded projects. He has also been teaching assistant for courses about social movements and democracy, social justice, quantitative methods, and EU integration.
Before coming to CEU he completed a MA degree on European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe, a MSc on International Relations at the Institute for Social and European Studies, and a 'Licenciatura' (5-years university degree) on Business Management from the University of A Coruña. He has also worked for a Member of the European Parliament. As a student activist he has been project manager of 'YOUrope Needs YOU!', which won the European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2009.
In addition to the CEU's doctoral scholarship, Felipe has been awarded with a number of grants, including the Young Researchers scholarship from the Hungarian government, the European Neighborhood Policy scholarship awarded by the European Commission and the Bancaja Erasmus scholarship for excellent students.