Niccolo is a Lecturer in Political Economy of Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh and a Research Associate at LSE Consulting, where he has worked since 2010.
Niccolo holds a PhD in Social Policy from LSE, an MSc (distinction) in European Political Economy from the LSE European Institute, an MA (honours) from the University of Bologna in International Cooperation, Development and Human Rights, and a BA in International and Diplomatic Science. His research on education, skills and labour market policy has appeared in leading politics and social policy journals such as Journal of European Public Policy, Politics and Society, Socio-Economic Review and Social Policy and Administration.
Niccolo is co-author of several reports for various public sector clients, including a research paper for the UK Government, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the social benefits of higher education and a study for the European Commission, DG Education and Culture on university-business cooperation in the US. His other clients have included the European Parliament, EU agencies, national governments and international organisations.
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Business Cooperating with Vocational Education and Training Providers for Quality Skills and Attractive Futures (Panteia, December 2017)
From University to Employment: Higher Education Provision and Labour Market Needs In the Western Balkans (European Commision – DG for Education and Culture, February 2016)
Cross-Beneficiary Report for ‘Regional Support for Inclusive Education (European Union & Council of Europe, November 2015)
Impact of the Economic Crisis on Social, Economic and Territorial Cohesion of the EU (European Parliament – DG for Internal Policies, June 2014)
Higher education entrance qualifications and exams in Europe: a comparison (European Parliament, May 2014)
Study on Innovation in Higher Education (European Commission - DG for Education and Culture, February 2014)
Things we know and don't know about the Wider Benefits of Higher Education: A review of the recent literature (Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), October 2013)
Study on University-Business Cooperation in the US (with Panteia for European Commission - DG for Education and Culture, May 2013)