Jacob Nielsen

Postgraduate Research Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology



Jacob Nielsen is a PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant with research interests in everyday experiences of capitalist transformations, precarious work, and anarchist sociality. He has a background in Social Anthropology and has previous experience as a researcher in the private and public sector.


Jacob’s research explores the consequences of capitalist work and political interventions on people’s lives and how people resist, disengage, and reimagine alternative social practices and relations. In his PhD research he uses ethnographic fieldwork to explore the experiences of new precarious work and living forms in London and contrast that with political practices and cosmologies related to modern slavery and labour exploitation.

Thesis title

Still human: Work, survival, and living the life in precarity