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Dr Nicola Pensiero
Room 706
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7331 5113
Appointment
  • Research Officer
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education
Research Groups
Research Summary

I am a quantitative sociologist at the Department of Education, Practice and Society, UCL Institute of Education, where he joined in 2013 after completing my PhD at the European University Institute. I have a keen interest in education and public policy and social stratification and inequality.

My research on education policy focuses on the evaluation of UK education programmes, and of education system characteristics’ effectiveness at improving educational outcomes. It makes use of large datasets and state-of-art techniques to provide robust estimates of the effectiveness of education policy. I secured as PI or Co-I funding for this line of research from the Nuffield Foundation, DfE, and Singapore Institute of Adult Learning.

I have analysed the causes of income inequality from a political economy perspective, with a focus on the impact of the privatisation of public services, labour relations and technological innovation.

Teaching Summary

Member of the Higher Education Academy.


Module leader of “Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences” for the ‘Comparative Education’ MA programme, Department of ‘Education, Practice and Society’ (ten three-hour sessions).


Module co-leader (with Germ Janmaat) of ‘Theories and Methods’ for the ‘Comparative Education’ MA programme, Department of ‘Education, Practice and Society’ (ten two-hour sessions).


Module leader of “Institutions and Behavior: Rational Choice Theory in Action” for the IoE doctoral ‘Research and training programme’ (five two-hour meetings).


Module leader of “Introduction to Survey Design” for the IoE doctoral ‘Research and training programme’ (three two-hour meetings).

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