Dr. Louisa Parks is Associate Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Trento’s School of International Studies. Her research focuses on environmental governance at multiple levels, citizen participation and its potential for substantive democracy in governance, social movement campaigns and their impacts, including on the policies of the European Union. She also has interests in qualitative methods including discourse and frame analysis as well as research ethics.

Student Engagement:

Dr. Parks is the IMSISS coordinator for the University of Trento, and teaches ‘Civil Societies and Contentious Politics’. She supervises student dissertations covering a range of themes linked to environmental governance and security, natural resource management and local to global participation, European Union policies and politics, and a range of questions linked to civil society, social movements and contentious politics.

Academic Background:

Dr. Parks holds an MRes and PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy. She previously worked as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Lincoln, UK, before joining the University of Trento in 2017. She was also a Research Fellow on the BeneLex project on benefit-sharing in environmental law led by Prof. Elisa Morgera of the University of Strathclyde from 2013-2018. She is an editorial board member of the journal Participation and Conflict, and an associate member of the Centre for Social Movement Studies based at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy.

Selected Publications

  • Parks, L. (2020) Benefit-sharing from the bottom up: local experiences of a global concept. Abingdon: Routledge. Open Access 
  • Parks, L. and Morgera, E. (2019) Research Note: Reflections on Methods from an Interdisciplinary Research Project in Global Environmental Law Transnational Environmental Law 8(3), 1-14.
  • Marchegiani, P., Morgera, E. and Parks, L. (2019) Indigenous peoples’ rights to natural resources in Argentina, the challenges of impact assessment, consent and fair and equitable benefit-sharing in cases of lithium mining, International Journal of Human Rights.
  • Parks, L. (2018) Spaces for local voices? A discourse analysis of the decisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, 9(2), 141-170.
  • Parks, L. (2018) All Quiet on the Brexit Front? UK Civil Society Before and After the UK’s Referendum on Membership of the EU in Antoniolli, L., Bonatti, L. and Ruzza, C. (eds.) Highs and Lows of European Integration – Sixty Years after the Treaty of Rome. New York: Springer.
  • Parks, L. (2018) Challenging power from the bottom up? Community protocols, benefit-sharing, and the challenge of dominant discourses Geoforum 88, 87-95.
  • della Porta, D. and Parks, L. (2018) Social movements, the European crisis, and EU political opportunities. Comparative European Politics, 16(1) 85-102.
  • Crespy, A. and Parks, L. (2017) ACTA and the connection between parliamentary and extra-parliamentary opposition in the EU Journal of European Integration 39(4), 453-467.
  • Parks, L. (2015) Social Movement Campaigns on EU Policy: In the Corridors and In the Streets. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Leiren, M. D. and Parks, L. (2014) When trade unions succeed: cases of blocked liberalisation in the common market. European Journal of Political Research 53(3), 465-479.


Date: January 5, 2020 4:25 pm