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Niccolo Durazzi

Niccolo Durazzi
Dr Niccolo Durazzi
Lecturer in Political Economy of Social Policy
3.22 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 651 1929
Research Interests
Welfare reform politics, Institutions and institutional change, Trade unions, Education policy, Skill formation

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 (during semester 1) or e-mail me for an appointment

I am a political economist interested in comparative social and public policy. My research focuses in particular on the policies underpinning advanced capitalist countries' transition into a knowledge-based post-industrial societies, with a specific interest on education, skills and labour market policies.

I would be interested in supervising PhD projects in social and public policy. I would particularly welcome enquiries about supervision on projects that focus on the politics and political economy of education and skills, labour market policy and social investment policies in comparative perspective.


Durazzi, N. and Geyer, L. (2019), Social Inclusion in the Knowledge Economy: Unions’ Strategies and Institutional Change in the Austrian and German Training Systems. Socio-Economic Review, doi: 10.1093/ser/mwz010

Durazzi, N. (2018), The Political Economy of High Skills: Higher Education in Knowledge-based Labour Markets. Journal of European Public Policy,

Durazzi, N. and Benassi, C. (2018), Going Up-skill: Exploring the Transformation of the German Skill Formation System. German Politics,

Durazzi, N., Fleckenstein, T. and Lee, S.C. (2018), Social Solidarity for All? Trade Union Strategies, Labour Market Dualisation and the Welfare State in Italy and South Korea. Politics & Society, 46(2), pp. 205-233.

Durazzi, N. (2017), Inclusive Unions in a Dualised Labour Market? The Challenge of Organising Labour Market Policy and Social Protection for Labour Market Outsiders. Social Policy & Administration, 51(2), pp. 265-285.

If you are interested in being supervised by Niccolo Durazzi, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Social Policy; MSc (R) Social Policy