Britta Baumgarten, Dr. phil., sociologist is a researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology - CIES (Lisbon University Institute). She works on current Portuguese social movements against austerity, movements of the poor in Brazil and the changed frameworks for action of these movements over time. Furthermore she is interested in transnational cooperation of movement activists and political participation of groups usually excluded from political decision making. She studied sociology at the University of Bielefeld and at the Instituto Superior de Ciências de Trabalho e da Empresa in Lisbon. In 2009 she completed her PhD on the communication strategies of the representatives of the unemployed at the university of Duisburg-Essen. She worked as a researcher in the project “UNEMPOL - The Contentious Politics of Unemployment in Europe” and as a postdoc researcher of the Research Group “Civil Society, Citizenship and Social Movements in Europe” at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB). In 2013 she was a guest researcher at the NPMS at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis in Brazil. She is a founding member of the research network “New Perspectives on Social Movements and Protest” of the German Research Council (DFG), member of the Council for European Studies Research Network on European Social Movements and a member of ISA. Her publications include: Geração à Rasca and beyond. Mobilizations in Portugal after 12 March 2011, in: Current Sociology, 61(4): 457-473 (2013); "The Mobilization of the Unemployed in Germany", in: Didier Chabanet and Jean Faniel: The Mobilization of the Unemployed in Europe, Palgrave Macmillan: 57-88 (with Christian Lahusen, 2012), Interessenvertretung aus dem Abseits. Erwerbsloseninitiativen im Diskurs über Arbeitslosigkeit, Campus (2010) and Das Ende des sozialen Friedens? Politik und Protest in Zeiten der Hartz-Reformen, Campus (with Christian Lahusen, 2010).