Dr Thees F. Spreckelsen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Quantitative Methods

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


  • Welfarestate 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 citizen.


  • 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.

Thees F. Spreckelsen's key areas of research focus are (click to expand):

Evaluation of social interventions.