Dr Thees F Spreckelsen

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Thees Spreckelsen studied social sciences at the Universities of Erfurt and Aberystwyth. His DPhil in sociology (Oxford, Nuffield College) focused on the cross-national comparison of national identities. Following his studies he was a research officer both at the department’s Centre for Evidence-based Intervention and the Oxford Institute of Social Policy. Thees has recently been Lecturer for Quantitative Sociology and the University of Kent’s Q-Step centre. As Research Fellow in Quantitative Methods he is involved in the department's methods teaching and provides methodological support to researchers.

Research interests: social research methods, survey research, social attitudes especially social identities, and sociological theory. 

Past research

  • Welfare state and youth employment:

I have analysed welfare-state regimes in relation to “new social risks”. As part of the "Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe" I investigated youth labour market outsiders in Europe, specifically northern Europe, and for youth migrant citizens

  • Evaluation research:

As part of the DHA Oxford Learning and Behaviour Study I have worked on a nutritional intervention on children's sleep as well as reading and behaviour.

  • Social identity

In my doctoral thesis I worked on the measurement and cross-national comparability of national identity in survey research. Furthermore I examined relationship of solidarity, social trust, and political participation with the multiple dimensions of national identity.

In a recent publication I assessed the relationship of national identities and the identification with Europe (with Prof. Anthony Heath).

I have also worked on the macro-social Interdepencies of European integration and post-socialist transformation in CEE countries (see Transformation und Europäisierung [German only]). 

More to see...
please visit my Figshare profile to have a look at some of my other output, open-access things, and supplementary materials.

Ferragina, Emanuele; Seeleib-Kaiser, Martin; Spreckelsen, Thees (2015) "The Four Worlds of 'Welfare Reality': Social Risks and Outcomes in Europe", Social Policy and Society 14: 2 287-307. doi: 10.1017/S1474746414000530. URL: journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract

Montgomery, Paul; Burton, Jenny R.; Sewell, Richard P.; Spreckelsen, Thees F.; Richardson, Alexandra J. (2014) "Fatty acids and sleep in UK children: Subjective and pilot objective sleep results from the DOLAB study – A randomized controlled trial.", Journal of Sleep Research 23: 4 364-388. doi: 10.1111/jsr.12135. URL: m/doi/10.1111/jsr.12135/abstract. Download

Montgomery, Paul, Burton, Jennifer R., Sewell, Richard P., Spreckelsen, Thees F. & Richardson, Alexandra J. (2013) "Low Blood Long Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids in UK Children Are Associated with Poor Cognitive Performance and Behavior: A Cross-Sectional Analysis from the DOLAB Study", PLoS One 8: 6 e66697. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0066697. URL: www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0066697Download

Richardson, Alexandra J., Burton, Jennifer, Sewell, Richard, Spreckelsen, Thees & Montgomery, Paul. (2012) "Docosahexaenoic Acid for Reading, Cognition and Behavior in Children Aged 7-9 Years: A Randomized, Controlled Trial (The DOLAB Study)", PLoS One 7: 9 e43909. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0043909. URL: www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0043909Download

Spreckelsen, Thees; Grant, Sean; Montgomery, Paul (2012) "Comment: Additional Requirements for complex interventions", British Medical Journal 345 e8003. doi: 10/1136/bmj.e8003. URL: www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e8003

Brunn, Moritz; Fahlbusch, Jan; Kollmorgen, Raj; Spreckelsen, Thees; Thumfart, Alexander ed., (2010)Transformation und Europäisierung - Eigenarten und (Inter-)Dependenzen von postsozialistischem Wandel und Europäischer Integration [Trans: Transformation and Europeanization - Idiosyncrasies and (Inter-)Dependencies of Postsocialist Change and European. Münster: LIT-Verlag

Spreckelsen, Thees; Kollmorgen, Raj. (2010) "Postsozialistische Transformationen und Europäische Integration: Prozesse und Interdependenzen. Eine Einführung [Trans: Postsocialist Transformation and European Integration: Processes and Interdependencies. An Introduction.]", Brunn, Moritz; Fahlbusch, Jan; Kollmorgen, Raj; Spreckelsen, Thees and Thumfart, Alexander ed.,. Münster: LIT-Verlag

Heath, Anthony F.; Martin, Jean; Spreckelsen, Thees (2009) "Cross-national Comparability of Survey Attitude Measures", International Journal of Public Opinion Research 21: 3 295-311. doi: 10.1093/ijpor/edp034. URL: ijpor.oxfordjournals.org/content/21/3/293.short

Other Outputs

Les oméga 3 améliorent le sommeil des enfants. Anne-Laure Lebrun (2014). Article on the "Fatty acids and sleep in UK children: subjective and pilot objective sleep results from the DOLAB study – a randomized controlled trial" in Le Figaro. View Online

Cross-Time and Cross-National Measurement Comparability of Attitudinal Measures. Spreckelsen, Thees (2010). Paper for the RC55 Session on “Social Indicators ’on the move’ ”, at the ISA World Congress of Sociology, Gothenburg.

Book review: Joanna Bourke: “Fear - A Cultural History, London: 2004”. Spreckelsen, Thees (2005). Book review published in: Historische Anthropologie, Vol. 13, No.3, pp. 436-437. View Online

Book review: David Gugerli/Daniel Speich, “Topografien der Nation. Politik, kartografische Ordnung und Landschaft im 19. Jahrhundert”, Zürich 2003. Spreckelsen, Thees (2004). Book review published in: Historische Anthropologie, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp.306-307 View Online

  • Combining agribusiness and skillful parenting to reduce the risk of violence against children in rural Tanzania: A small-scale cluster randomized controlled trial

  • Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Sexual Risk Behaviour Among Women Who Inject Drugs in Indonesia: A Respondent-Driven Sampling Study

  • Editorial: Changes in the field: banning p-values (or not), transparency, and the opportunities of a renewed discussion on rigorous (quantitative) research

  • Docosahexaenoic acid for reading, working memory and behavior in UK children aged 7-9: A randomized controlled trial for replication (the DOLAB II study).

  • Emotional abuse of girls in Swaziland: prevalence, perpetrators, risk and protective factors and health outcomes.

  • Is banning significance testing the best way to improve applied social science research? – Questions on gorard (2016)

  • European identities in comparative perspective

  • The four worlds of 'welfare reality' - Social risks and outcomes in europe

  • Fatty acids and sleep in UK children: subjective and pilot objective sleep results from the DOLAB study--a randomized controlled trial.

  • Fatty acids and sleep in UK children: Subjective and pilot objective sleep results from the DOLAB study - a randomized controlled trial

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