I am Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Work Based Learning. I have gained my PhD at University College, and lectured at Queen Mary, University of London, Università di Palermo, and the University of Edinburgh. My areas of research are social movements and social protest, social policy in the age of Fordism, the post-World War II labour market, coerced and migrant labour in the 20th century, critical pedagogy, and work-based learning at university level.
I have published numerous articles in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Labor History, International Review of Social History, and Contemporary European History. His latest book is Challenging Global Capitalism: Labor Migration, Radical Struggle, and Urban Change in Detroit and Turin (Palgrave, 2013). I am the editor of the forthcoming book Gramsci: A Pedagogy to Change the World (Springer, 2016).
Learning & Teaching Interests
I am the module leader for DPS Research Projects the research phase of the Doctorate in Professional Studies. I co-ordinate the PhD provision at the Institute. I am also an academic adviser (Director of Studies) on this programme. Much of my teaching is about research methodologies at the interface between academia and the 'real world'.
I am also interested in the pedagogy of e-learning and in digital learning methodologies, in particular as applied to adult education in university. I am enthusiast of the possibilities of learning in a digital, interconnected world.
Research Outputs & Interests
My current research projects are on:
- coerced and 'unfree' labour in the twentieth century, in particular in the United States, and in British and French colonies, and the discourse on unfree labour in international organisations such as the League of Nations and the International Labour Organisation.
- Pedagogy as a means of political education and change, in particular in relations to thinkers of radical pedagogy like Gramsci and Freire
- Research methodologies in professional studies
- Supervisory practices in doctorates
- Workers' autonomy and self-activity in the workplace
I welcome the opportunity to supervise doctoral candidates researching their area of professional practice. He is also available to supervise Ph.D. candidates researching the labour market, international and internal migration, and the intersection between class, race and ethnicity and social change.
Pizzolato, Nicola and Holst, John D. (2017) Gramsci, politics and pedagogy: an interpretative framework. In: Antonio Gramsci: A Pedagogy To Change the World. Critical Studies in Education, 5 . Springer. ISBN 9783319404479 (Accepted/In press)
Pizzolato, Nicola (2017) The IWW in Turin: ‘Militant history’, workers’ struggle and the crisis of Fordism in 1970s Italy. International Labor and Working Class History, 91 . ISSN 0147-5479 (Accepted/In press)
I currently hold a Leverhulme/British Academy small grant, for 2013-2015 for a project on unfree labour called "Unspeakable Brutality: The Struggle Against Peonage in the United States, 1935-1957". He is also the joint PI of a British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship (2015-17) in collaboration with Hacettepe University, Ankara.
I have been part of European-funded initiatives to promote Work Based Learning, in collaboration with the KH Leuven and the University of Applied Sciences in Brandenburg. He is currently part of a team conducting a research on doctoral supervision funded by an Erasmus+ grant (PI Annette Fillery-Travis).