Evaluating the impact of social movements

Can the actors of social movements influence the decisions of political and social institutions? 

In an attempt to answer this question, the Groupe de recherche sur les institutions et les mouvements sociaux (Social Movements and Institutions Research Group), directed by Pierre Hamel from Université de Montréal, has chosen to explore conflictual issues in several fields, whether it be the transformation of citizenship regimes in Southern countries, unionization and work-related conflicts, immigration, urban and metropolitan "regulation", socio-technical controversies or the environment. 

The results of this research have been presented in numerous publications over the past two years. They were the subject of two volumes of the journal Sociologie et sociétés entitled Les mouvements sociaux au-delà de l'État and Les passeurs de frontières. The researchers have also published several monographs, including Women's Citizenship in Peru – The Paradoxes of Neopopulism in Latin America by Stéphanie Rousseau. 

The researchers also carried out an evaluation of the C-Vert pilot project at the request of the project's initiators. This environmental community project was introduced in 2005 by the Stephen R. Bronfman Foundation. It aims to promote community involvement and engagement of inner-city youth aged 14 to 16 in Montreal's Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension district. 

The goal of the evaluation was to clarify the project's impact on its participants and the community, based on the views expressed by the main project participants during interviews. In other words, the way in which the participants viewed each action was considered as important as the action itself. The evaluation report is available on the research group's website.


Groupe de recherche sur les institutions et les mouvements sociaux


Pierre Hamel, Université de Montréal

Regular members

  • Marc Ancelovici, Université McGill 
  • Louis Guay, Université Laval 
  • Stéphanie Rousseau, Université Laval 
  • Barbara Thériault, Université de Montréal 
  • Jean-Guy Vaillancourt, Université de Montréal