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Dr Dan Mercea

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

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City University London
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Dan received his PhD in communication studies from the Department of Sociology, University of York. Before the completion of his doctorate he became Teaching Fellow in Political Sociology at York. From September 2011 to September 2013 he was Senior Lecturer in Politics at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. During that time he was also Visiting Lecturer in Political Communication at the Catholic University of Lille, France where he continues to be Associate Research Fellow. In May-July 2015 he was visiting scientist at the University of Sassari, Italy where he co-organised the international conference 'Protest Participation in Variable Communication Ecologies: Meanings, Modalities and Implications',



PhD (York),
M.A. (Central European University, Babeş-Bolyai University)
B.A. (Nottingham Trent, Babeş-Bolyai University)


Senior Lecturer, Department of European Studies and Communication Management, The Hague University of Applied Sciences
Teaching Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of York
Teaching Assistant, Department of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai

Administrative roles

Dan coordinates the postgraduate programmes in Sociology and is the Course Director of the MA Media and Communications.

Professional Commitments

Member of the Steering Committee, The Internet and Politics Standing Group, European Consortium for Political Research
Member of the British Sociological Association
Member of the European Sociological Association
Member of the International Communication Association


Dr Mercea has a lasting interest in the implications of new media usage, the adoption and repurposing of Internet technologies in various domains of social and political activity as captured by multiple analytical perspectives including those in social movement, political behaviour, political and social psychology, science and technology studies. More specifically, his theoretical preoccupations have converged on cultural aspects of mobilization into collective action and informal civic learning; media theory with an emphasis on (new) media practices; democratic theory chiefly with reference to deliberative and participatory models of political engagement and finally sociological theory probing the interplay between technological innovation and social transformation.

His empirical research has concentrated on participation in contentious politics. In his recent studies, he has focused on the impact of networked communication on individual involvement in physical protest; on notions of shared collective identities among networked participants and finally, on organizational changes among digitally connected activist groups.


PhD supervision

Dr Mercea is happy to supervise postgraduate work that touches on his areas of interest.


Journal Article (14)

  1. Mercea, D. and Iannelli, L. (2016). Media, Participation, and Social Change. Social Media + Society, 2(3), 1-3. doi: 10.1177/2056305116662398
  2. Mercea, D. and Funk, A. (2016). The social media overture of the pan-European Stop-ACTA protest: An empirical examination of participatory coordination in connective action. Convergence, 22(3), 287-312. doi: 10.1177/1354856514563663
  3. Mercea, D., Iannelli, L. and Loader, B.D. (2016). Protest communication ecologies. Information, Communication and Society, 19(3), 279-289. doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2015.1109701
  4. Mercea, D. and Bastos, M.T. (2016). Being a Serial Transnational Activist. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 21(2), 140-155. doi: 10.1111/jcc4.12150
  5. Bastos, M., Mercea, D. and Charpentier, A. (2015). Tents, tweets, and events: The interplay between ongoing protests and social media. Journal of Communication, 65(2), 320-350. doi: 10.1111/jcom.12145
  6. Mercea, D. (2015). Making sense of democratic institutions intertextually: Communication on social media as a civic literacy event preceding collective action. The Communication Review, 18(3), 189-211. doi: 10.1080/10714421.2015.1058102
  7. Mercea, D. (2015). Review Essay: Cultures of Democracy in Serbia and Bulgaria by James Dawson (Ashgate, 2014) and After the Revolution: Youth, Democracy and the Politics of Disappointment in Serbia by Jessica Greenberg (Stanford University Press, 2014). Perspectives on Politics, 13(3), 887-889. doi: 10.1017/S1537592715001917
  8. Bastos, M.T. and Mercea, D. (2015). Serial activists: Political Twitter beyond influentials and the twittertariat. New Media and Society. doi: 10.1177/1461444815584764
  9. Mercea, D. (2014). Towards a conceptualization of casual protest participation: Parsing a case from the Save Roşia Montană campaign. East European Politics and Societies, 28(2), 386-410. doi: 10.1177/0888325413519672
  10. Mercea, D. (2013). Probing the implications of Facebook use for the organizational form of social movement organizations. Information, Communication and Society, 16(8), 1306-1327. doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2013.770050
  11. Mercea, D. (2012). Digital prefigurative participation: the entwinement of online communication and offline participation in protest events. New Media and Society, 14(1), 153-169. doi: 10.1177/1461444811429103
  12. Loader, B.D. and Mercea, D. (2011). Networking democracy? Social media innovations in participatory politics”. Information, Communication and Society, 14(6), 757-769. doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2011.592648
  13. Mercea, D. and Stoica, A.C. (2007). In partnerships we trust: NGO-donor relationships. A case study of Romanian civil society support and development NGOs. Studia Universitas Babeş-Bolyai Politica, 8(1), 73-105.
  14. Mercea, D. (2006). Exploding iconography: The Mindbomb project. Eastbound, 1(1), 245-283.

Book (3)

  1. Mercea, D. (2016). Civic Participation in Contentious Politics: The Digital Foreshadowing of Protest (in press). Basingstoke: Palgrave.

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  2. (2013). Politics and the Internet in Comparative Context: Views from the Cloud. London: Routledge.

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  3. (2012). Social Media and Democracy: Innovations in Participatory Politics. London: Routledge.

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Chapter (4)

  1. Mercea, D. (2016). Building contention word-by-word: Social media usage in the European Stop ACTA movement. Barisione, M. and Michailidou, A. (Ed.), Social Media and European Politics: Rethinking Power and Legitimacy in the Digital Era Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  2. Mercea, D., Lekakis, E. and Nixon, P. (2013). "Taking stock: a meta-analysis of the virtual public sphere in communication journals". Nixon, P., Rawal, R. and Mercea, D. (Ed.), Politics and the Internet in Comparative Context: Views from the Cloud (pp. 10-25) London: Routledge.
  3. Mercea, D., Nixon, P. and Funk, A. (2013). "Unaffiliated Socialization and Social Media Recruitment: Reflections from Occupy the Netherlands".. Nixon, P., Rawal, R. and Mercea, D. (Ed.), Politics and the Internet in Comparative Context: Views from the Cloud (pp. 232-247) London: Routledge.
  4. Loader, B.D. and Mercea, D. (2012). Networking democracy? Social media innovations in participatory politics. (Ed.), Social Media and Democracy: Innovations in Participatory Politics (pp. 1-10) London: Routledge.

Internet Publication (2)

  1. Bastos, M.T. and Mercea, D. (2016). Online activists support uprisings around the world. Here’s what we know about them Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  2. Bastos, M.T., Charpentier, A. and Mercea, D. (2015). How social media usage does and does not predict protests Retrieved from: [publisher's website]

Other Activities

Keynote Lectures/Speeches (2)

  • Digital (Re) presentations of Social Action: Mapping out the Corporate and Social Movement Territories of Political Participation (with Eleftheria Lekakis), 28 Sep 2011, Stockholm, Sweden: Södertörn University. Invited talk at the Higher Seminar Series of the Media and Communications Department.
  • Posting Protest, Tweeting Turmoil. Probing the Social Media Overture of the pan-European anti-ACTA Protest, 21 Oct 2013, Mannheim, Germany: Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, University of Mannheim. Invited talk in the Centre's public lecture series.

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