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Nick gained his PhD in Sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London. His research is located in political sociology and the sociology of culture and media, where he focuses on the sociology of publishing, architecture and social housing, and social and political theory. He teaches in the fields of work and economy, the sociology of conflict, and social theory, and is a member of the editorial board of the culture and politics journal New Formations.

Research interests

Nick's research is located in political sociology and the sociology of culture and media, where he focuses on the sociology of publishing, architecture and social housing, and social and political theory.

Material Cultures of Publishing

Nick's second monograph, Anti-Book (University of Minnesota Press 2016, open access version 2019) explores the objects, forms, and relations of publishing as arenas of artistic and political practice. Taking a 'post-digital' approach, Anti-Book develops a series of concepts by which experimental practice can be critically appraised, from the self-published pamphlet as ‘communist object’, through the ‘root book’ and ‘rhizome book’, to magazine ‘diagrammatic publishing’, anonymous authorship, and the 'unidentified narrative objects' of political myth. Befitting the aims of the book, a version in Serbo-Croat was published in an experimental form by the independent media centre Kuda. Two recent interviews with Nick provide introductions to the themes of the book, here and here.

Nick's writing in this field has appeared in leading journals, including Social Text, New Media and Society, and Cultural Critique, and in a coedited special issue of New Formations (with Sas Mays) on ‘Materialities of Text’. His most recent article in this field, in Theory, Culture and Society, explores how the expressive and material forms of a book can be transformed by uprising against racial terror.

Architecture and Social Housing

Nick's recent book, Brutalism as Found (Goldsmiths Press, 2022), explores the lived experience, architecture, and demolition of Robin Hood Gardens, the east London council estate designed by Brutalist architects Alison and Peter Smithson. Robin Hood Gardens has been the object of much dispute, but the clichéd terms of discussion — a “concrete monstrosity” or a “modernist masterpiece” — have marginalised the estate's residents and masked the role of the housing crisis and property speculation in its demolition. Recovering the social in the architectural, Brutalism as Found centers the estate’s lived experience by a multiracial working class, not to displace the architecture’s experimental qualities of matter and form, but to radicalise them for our present.

The research was funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust, and was a collaboration with a photographer, Kois Miah, and two campaigning local charities, South Poplar Action for Secure Housing (SPLASH) and Docklands Outreach.

Brutalism as Found is published in concert with an online exhibition of 140 residents' portraits, architectural photographs, and architectural diagrams, which builds on previous exibitions in a London community centre and Four Corners gallery. The portraits have featured in the Guardian among other media, and two journal articles from the project are available open access, 'Concrete and Council Housing' (with City) and 'Salvage Brutalism' (with Oxford Art Journal).

Social and Political Theory

Nick's first monograph, Deleuze, Marx and Politics (Routledge 2003, translated into Korean, Turkish, and Spanish) was the first extended study of Deleuze’s relation to Marx, taking off from Deleuze’s unrealized plan to write a book called the Grandeur of Marx. Combining Deleuze and Guattari’s research on minority formations with Marx’s theory of the non-identity of the working class, the book coins the concept of ‘minor politics’ — a politics based not on collective identity but on the 'cramped' experience of being riven with competing imperatives and constraints — and develops this in the analysis of the organizational and expressive aspects of social movements concerned with the ‘refusal of work’.

Nick's research in social and political theory has also explored the sociology of objects, in a large coedited collection (with colleagues at CRESC) titled Objects and Materials (Routledge 2013) and the politics of the ‘future’, in a coedited book (with Gary Genosko) of Franco Berardi’s writings, After the Future (AK Press 2011). His research in this field has branched into other work on social movements, including a critique of militant subjectivity via the Weather Underground and analysis of the interplay of class and minority in the Industrial Workers of the World. He also co-edited (with Ian Buchanan) a collection on the political implications of Deleuze's thought, titled Deleuze and Politics (Edinburgh University Press 2008).

Nick's more recent research on social and political theory includes a critique of the ‘Idea of communism’ in Badiou, Zizek, and others; a development of the concept of ‘cramped space’ for a journal special issue on this theme from his first monograph; and book chapters on Mario Tronti and on Marxist theories of communication.

Nick's journal articles can be found on the publications tab on this site and on Academia.edu.

Other research

Supervision areas

Nick is happy to receive inquiries about PhD projects in his broad areas of research interest.

Current and past PhD students

Hala Marshood 'Governing Palestinians After the 2021 Uprising: How Are Israeli Reactions Recalibrating Policy Frameworks Towards Palestinian Citizens of Israel?'


Aleksandr Lange 'Dating, Love, and Subjectivity in the Age of Digital Capitalism'


Lucie Slamova 'Radical Left in Central and Eastern Europe: Challenges and Opportunities'


Xin Li 'Digital Pathways and Transformation of Chinese Cities in the Short-Video Era: A TikTok Case study', second supervisor

Jamie Stevenson 'In the Shadow of Grenfell: Residents' Understandings and Policy Impacts of the Grenfell Tower Fire', first supervisor

Martin Greenwood 'The Post Office and Postcapitalism: the Role of Public Services in Radical Futures', co-supervisor

Judy Thorne 'Hope and Despair in the Greek Crisis: An Ethnography of Utopia at the Margins of Europe', second supervisor. Awarded 2022

Barbora Cernusakova 'Collective Action of Roma in the Czech Republic: A Revival of Class Consciousness?', fisrt supervisor. Awarded 2022

Chung Yan Priscilla Kam 'The Dynamics of Hong Kong Identity in Post-Colonial Hong Kong', co-supervisor. Awarded 2020

Jamie Matthews 'Organising Radical Spaces: Occupy the London Stock Exchange and the New Global Politics of Occupation', first supervisor. Awarded 2017

Medina Aitieva 'Family Formations in Kyrgyzstan', second supervisor. Awarded 2015

Ulrike Flader 'Struggle for a Livable Life: Everyday Resistance among the Kurdish Population in Turkey', first supervisor. Awarded 2015

Sivamohan Valluvan 'Integration Reconsidered: A Study of Multi-Ethnic Lives in two Post-Integration Cities', co-supervisor. Awarded 2014

Svetoslav Nenov 'Biopolitics, Counter-Terrorism and Law after 9/11', first supervisor. Awarded 2013

Ben Garner 'Trade, Culture and the New Politics of Cultural Development at UNESCO', co-supervisor. Awarded 2011

Raphael Schlembach 'Social Movement Constructions of European Nationalism', second supervisor. Awarded 2010

Gavin Grindon 'Carnival against Capital: The Theory of Revolution as Festival', co-supervisor. Awarded 2007

Henning Klatran 'Beyond Sexual Identity? Friendship between Straight and Gay Men', co-supervisor. Awarded 2007  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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