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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 educational 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 expertise in education policy evaluation and educational inequality. With a wide knowledge of economics, social theory, and a high level of competence in statistics, I am an interdisciplinary researcher with a good record of leading research projects on educational programme effectiveness, comparative analysis of the effectiveness of education system characteristics and inequality in educational attainment.
I secured as a 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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