Nicholas Spaull

Dr. Nicholas Spaull

Research Fellow


Dr Nic Spaull is currently a Research Fellow at the Research on Socioeconomic Policy (RESEP) group. He has recently returned from Paris where he was a Thomas J Alexander Fellow at the OECD, and before that a Visiting Scholar in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University in the United States. Nic has a PhD in economics and has published numerous journal articles on education focusing on assessment, accountability, literacy and education policy in South Africa. He is also a Research Fellow at hte University of Johannesburg and sits on the Joint Advisory Committee of the South African Human Rights Commission. His current research focuses on exceptional township and rural schools in South Africa as part of a ESRC/DFID grant for 2016/17/18. Nic has been involved in a number of research projects for local and international organisations, including the South African Presidency, the Department of Basic Education, UNICEF, the EU, UNESCO and SACMEQ. ┬áThe most recent of which was the “Binding Constraints in Education” project for the South African Presidency and the EU. He advises numerous NGO’s, policy-makers and grant-making bodies, and also regularly updates his website ( with new research and articles he finds interesting.