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Lorenzo Feltrin

Doctoral research

My PhD project investigates the role of the trade unions in the 2011 Uprisings in Morocco and Tunisia through a historical perspective. I am particularly interested in the evolution of the relations between the trade unions and the changing class composition on the one hand, and the trade unions and the state on the other hand. The research is based on extensive fieldwork featuring 95 semi-structured interviews, over 2,000 press articles on labour-related matters, labour legislation, socioeconomic statistics and various relevant documents produced by the trade unions and by the state. As the existing academic scholarship on labour in the Maghreb is relatively limited, the comparison provides an original contribution to the study of labour in contentious politics for democracy and social justice in the region.

Supervisors: Nicola Pratt and Oz Hassan

Research interests

Workers’ mobilisations, trade unionism, North African politics, the 2011 Arab Uprisings

Former education

➢ MSc in Political Sociology, 2011-2013, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), Distinction

➢ BA in Philosophy, 2007-2010, Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy), 110 cum laude


Academic articles:

Lorenzo Feltrin (2017): The struggles of precarious youth in Tunisia: the case of the Kerkennah movement, Review of African Political Economy, DOI: 10.1080/03056244.2017.1416460

Books (non-academic):

➢ In ogni strada: Voci di rivoluzione dal Cairo as Lorenzo Fe, Agenzia X, Milan 2012 (collection of witnesses of the Egyptian Revolution)

➢ Londra zero zero as Lorenzo Fe, Agenzia X, Milan 2010 (book about the inner city neighbourhoods of London and their recent underground music scenes)

Essays and articles (non-academic):

➢ The City and The Jungle as Lorenzo Fe, Agenzia X, Milan 2011 (introduction for the book All Crews: Viaggio alle radici della Jungle Drum & Bass)

➢ Articles for Global Project, QCode Mag, Red Pepper, D-la Repubblica, and Il Mucchio Selvaggio


➢ Foucault: Le formazioni storiche by Gilles Deleuze, Ombre Corte, Verona, 2014 (from French to Italian)

➢ “Red Star Attack! Algoritmi, capitale e automazione del comune” by Tiziana Terranova, in Gli algoritmi del capitale: Accelerazionismo, macchine della conoscenza e autonomia del comune edited by Matteo Pasquinelli, Ombre Corte, Verona 2014 ( from English to Italian)

➢ All Crews: Viaggio alle radici della Jungle Drum & Bass by Brian Belle-Fortune, Agenzia X, Milan 2011 (from English to Italian, non-academic)


Chancellor Scholarship, The University of Warwick

Selected conferences and seminars

➢ “Lavoratori e lavoratrici tunisini/e: dal controllo burocratico alla rivolta”, at the conference “Globalizzazione e crisi. Lavoro, migrazioni, valore”, 4-5 February 2016, University of Padua.

➢ “Studiare il lavoro tra Treviso, Warwick e Rabat”, at the conference “Mondi del lavoro tra classe e colore”, 5-6 May 2016, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

➢ “The Second Bloody Divorce: Labour and the State in the 2011 Tunisian Uprising”, 30th Conference of the Società Italiana di Scienza Politica (SISP), 15-17 September 2016, Università degli Studi di Milano

➢ “The Trade Unions and the 2011 Uprisings in Tunisia and Morocco: A Historical Approach”, Management Seminars, 25 October 2016, University of Bristol.

➢ “The Struggles of the Precarious Youth in Tunisia”, Activisms in Africa - International Conference, 11-13 January 2017, Lisbon University Institute.

➢ “Entre le marteau et l'enclume: Le rôle politique des syndicats ouvriers en Tunisie et au Maroc, une approche historique et comparative”, Atelier doctoral IRMC, 21 February 2017, IRMC Tunis.

➢ “The Struggles of the Precarious Youth in Tunisia: The Case of the Kerkennah Movement”, at the international workshop "Social Movements & Contentious Politics in the Arab World Since 2011 in A Global Perspective", 27-28 April 2017, Université Paris Dauphine.

➢ “The Mobilisations of the Precarious Workers in Tunisia”, European Sociological Association Conference, 29 August-1 September 2017, Athens.

➢ “Labour and Democracy in the Maghreb: Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian Trade Unions in the 2011 Arab Uprisings” with Gianni Del Panta, Middle East Studies Association 2017 meeting, 17-21 November 2017, Washington DC.

➢ “Precarity and Class Struggle in Tunisia”, Conference of Socialist Economists, 29 March 2018, University of Birmingham.

➢ Organiser of the symposium “Work, gender, labour mobilisations and social justice”, of the meeting in conjunction “Studying workers in the Middle East and North Africa: comparing disciplines and perspectives”, and of the panel “Workers’ mobilisations and organisations in the Maghreb and Egypt”, World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, 16-22 July 2018, University of Seville.


English (fluent), French (fluent), Spanish (fluent), Italian (mother language), Tunisian Arabic (intermediate)

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Lorenzo Feltrin

L dot Feltrin at warwick dot ac dot uk