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Nicholas Martindale

DPhil in Sociology

Research Interests: How privatization and outsourcing are reorganizing the world of work and how these processes affect the possibilities for workers and employers to mobilize collectively to achieve their goals.

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford and a member of Nuffield College. My main areas of interest are in how privatization and outsourcing are reorganizing the world of work and how these processes affect the potential for workers and employers to mobilize collectively to achieve their goals.

My current research focuses on the Academies and Free Schools programmes, which have introduced private provision into the English publicly funded school system. I assess the impact of these providers on the school workforce and investigate the commercial and political networks of the directors of trusts that own and operate Academies and Free Schools.

I am the College Lecturer in Human Sciences at St Catherine’s College, where I teach Sociological Theory, Political Sociology and statistics to undergraduates. I am a lab leader in the Q-Step Centre at the Department of Politics and International Relations, where I teach statistical programming to PPE students. As a teacher I draw on my experience as a graduate of the Teach First programme and as a fully qualified Maths teacher.

I completed an MSc in Political Sociology at LSE (2016), receiving Hobhouse Prizes for best overall performance in the Political Sociology programme and best overall performance in Sociology Masters programmes. I studied in Japan as a Tsuzuki scholar (2011) after my undergraduate degree at Cambridge (2010) in Social and Political Sciences with French and Spanish.

Nicholas Martindale

Publications

‘Does Outsourcing School Systems Degrade Education Workforces? Evidence from 18,000 English State Schools’, British Journal of Sociology of Education, forthcoming. doi: 10.1080/01425692.2019.1647092