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Dr. Nicola Pensiero 

Lecturer in Quantitative Education and Social Science

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Nicola(Nic) Pensiero is a lecturer in quantitative education and social science at Southampton University School of Education.

Previously he worked at UCL Institute of Education, where he joined in 2013 after completing his PhD at the European University Institute. He is an interdisciplinary researcher with a good record of leading externally funded education research projects. His expertise lies in the use of analytical and choice-based approaches in studying social phenomena such as education programme effectiveness, comparative analysis of the effectiveness of education system characteristics, inequality in educational attainment, school segregation and income inequality.

His current research includes studies on the role of individual decision-making mechanisms in shaping educational inequality by social origins and school segregation. He is also conducting a cross-national study on the effect of upper secondary education system characteristics on skills levels and inequality. In the UK he is conducting a study on the effect of tracking on political engagement.

His research on income inequality has a political economy approach and focuses on the distributional consequences of privatisation of public services, labour relations and technological innovation. 

Research interests

Social stratification and social mobility

Quantitative evaluation of education and social policy

Social Rationality

Quantitative, experimental and agent-based methods

Income distribution.

PhD Supervision

I am happy to supervise motivated PhD researchers with projects on education and social stratification using theoretical and/or methodological innovative approaches, including:

  • Evaluation of education and social policy
  • Educational choices
  • Comparative studies of education system characteristics
  • Big data and machine learning in education
  • Experimental, agent-based and randomised studies  

Research group

Leadership, Effective Education & Policy

Research project(s)

Post-16 Educational Trajectories and Social Inequalities in Political Engagement

Educational Choices and Social Interactions. Reassessing Educational Strategies in a Divided Society (ERESS)

Learning loss and learning inequalities during the Covid-19 pandemic: an analysis using the UK Understanding Society data

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