Niccolo Durazzi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Social Policy at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
His research focusses on skill formation in post-industrial societies, with a specific interest on the increased relevance of high and low skills vis-à-vis intermediate skills. In particular, one stream of research is mostly concerned with dynamics of high skill formation and the institutional arrangements that underpin skill formation at the university-business nexus across advanced capitalist countries.
A second stream of research looks at the integration of the low achievers in the training system as well as the organisation of training and social protection for labour market outsiders.
Prior to starting his PhD, Niccolo worked as a project officer, project manager and then deputy director at LSE Enterprise, the consulting arm of the LSE, where he managed several policy research projects for European institutions and national governments focussing in particular on education and labour market policy.
He is still involved with LSE Enterprise as a research associate, participating in selected consultancy projects. He holds an MSc in European Political Economy from the LSE European Institute and MA and BA degrees in Political Science from the University of Bologna.
Expertise: higher education; skill formation and labour market policy; comparative political economy; comparative social policy
LSE Consulting projects:
Business Cooperating with Vocational Education and Training Providers for Quality Skills and Attractive Futures
End Client: European Commission - DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Authors: Paul Vroonhof, Niccolo Durazzi, Johan Secher, Jakob Stoumann, Simon Broek, Laura de Haan, Inge van den Ende & Simon van Loo
From University to Employment: Higher Education Provision and Labour Market Needs In the Western Balkans
Client: European Commision – DG for Education and Culture
Authors: Niccolo Durazzi, Will Bartlett, Milica Uvalić, Vassilis Monastiriotis & Tanguy Sene
Cross-Beneficiary Report for ‘Regional Support for Inclusive Education
Client: European Union & Council of Europe
Authors: William Bartlett (LSE), Bregtje Kamphuis (LSE Consulting) & Niccolo Durazzi (LSE Enterprise)
Impact of the Economic Crisis on Social, Economic and Territorial Cohesion of the EU
Client: European Parliament – DG for Internal Policies
Authors: Dr Simona Milio, in cooperation with Dr Riccardo Crescenzi, Dr Waltraud Schelkle, Niccolo Durazzi, Elitsa Garnizova, Pawel Janowski, Dr Agnieszka Olechnicka, Dominika Wojtowicz, Davide Luca & Maria Fossarello
Higher Education Entrance Qualifications and Exams in Europe: A Comparison
Client: European Parliament - DG for Internal Policies
Authors: Cecile Hoareau McGrath, Marie Louise Henham, Anne Corbett, Niccolo Durazzi, Michael Frearson, Barbara Janta, Bregtje Kamphuis, Eriko Katashiro, Nina Brankovic, Benoit Guerin, Catriona Manville, Inga Schwartz, Daniel Schweppenstedde