Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

Political Sociologist with particular expertise in social and labour movements, autonomous organising, prefigurative politics and the politics of policy

Ana Dinerstein

Senior LecturerPhD

3 East 3.30
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6958

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PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising new PhD students researching these topics:

  • Global political economy, class, work and crisis
  • Social and Solidarity Economy
  • Urban, rural and indigenous movements in Latin America and the Global South
  • Global and European Social Movements
  • Political philosophy and epistemology surrounding social emancipation


I am a political sociologist. I have a degree in Politics from the University of Buenos Aires, and an MA and a PhD degree from Sociology, at the University of Warwick. I came to Bath in 2002. I published extensively on Argentine and Latin American politics, autonomy, subjectivity, labour, social and indigenous movements, emancipatory struggles and the politics of policy.

My research produces a synergy between sociology, politics and philosophy. It seeks to understand and explain the means by which labour, social movements and ‘hope’ movements in Latin America but not exclusively articulate alternative praxis and horizons, or ‘concrete utopias’ in, against and beyond capitalist, patriarchal and colonial society.

I challenge the 'claim-making' definition of the role of social movements by shifting the focus towards their constitutive function as vehicles for the creation of 'alternative' (new) worlds and their capacity to inspire social scientists to adopt the principle of hope as a method of critique and enquiry of social reality.

I have written books, journal articles and book sections for academic and non-academic audiences on issues of labour and social movements, movements of protest, social emancipation, and Marxist theory, and the politics surrounding policy implementation, including the use of state violence.

I am well known for my work as an Open Marxist and my research on labour and labour subjectivity, Argentina’s political economy, the Movement of Unemployed Workers in Argentina, and the impact of autonomous organising on democracy and policy making.

I am a member of the Associate and International Advisory boards of Historical Materialism (London), Sociología del Trabajo (Madrid), Observatorio Latinoamericano (Buenos Aires). I am a Research Partner of the TNI New Politics Project (2016-2020) and Convenor of the research-activist group Women on the Verge.


Research interests

  • Social and labour movements and movements of protest
    • Alter globalisation and emancipatory movements
    • Autonomous organising and new democratic practices
    • Alternative forms of work, cooperation and self-management, social and solidarity economy)
  • The politics of policy. Social movements and the state in the glocal political economiy. Rethinking social movements and policy (prefigurative politics and the problem for policy)
  • Globalisation, immaterial labour, and labour subjectivity. New forms of understanding work and work identity
  • Critical Social Theory, Political Philosophy, Decolonial perspective and Marxist Theory (Open Marxism)


British Academy Newton Mobility Grant (2015-2016) (in collaboration with University of Rio de Janeiro)

Previous projects

ESRC funded research projects (Res 155-25-0007)

  • 'The movement of unemployed workers in Argentina’' (2007-2008)
  • 'Social movements and collective autonomy in Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Mexico)’' (2008-2009)

Other projects

  • 'Social Movements and the idea of alternative', Santander Research Grant Award (2011)


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