I am a 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, International Working Class 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 co-editor of the book Gramsci: A Pedagogy to Change the World (Springer, 2017). My research has also been disseminated in critical online magazines such as Viewpoint and Commonware.
I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and of the Royal Historical Society. I am a seminar convenor at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.
Learning & Teaching Interests
I am the module leader for DPS Research Projects, the research stage 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 interested in the way the digitial economy and big data affect work, labour relations and the entreprise. I am also an enthustiast of digital learning methodologies, in particular as applied to adult education in university and in the workplace, and in general the possibilities of learning in a digital, interconnected world.
Research Outputs & Interests
My current research projects are on:
- coerced and 'unfree' labour practices in the twentieth century, and the discourse on unfree labour in international organisations such as the League of Nations and the International Labour Organisation.
- Workers' autonomy and self-activity in the workplace
- Critique of Fordism and postfordism
- 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
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, employment relations and the role of digital technology and big data.
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 have recently held 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". I am also the joint PI of a British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship (2015-17) on "Factory history: and integrated methodological approach" in collaboration with Hacettepe University, Ankara. I have recently gained a research grant for archival study at the JFK Institute, Berlin.
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).