Tore B.

Sorensen PhD


I am a post-doctoral researcher focusing on governance and education in national, regional and global contexts. Since 2014, I live in Brussels, Belgium. I grew up in Denmark, close to the German border in the south of Jutland, from where I moved first to Aarhus, then Copenhagen, and later London and Bristol in the UK.


I graduated in 2000 as an elementary ("grundskole" in Danish, for grades 0-10) school teacher in Aarhus, Denmark.


From 2005, I studied part-time at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University. I completed the MA in Educational Sociology in early 2011, with a strong emphasis on international comparative research. In the process, my studies and MA dissertation benefitted from the supervision of Stavros Moutsios, Associate Professor of International Comparative Education Policy.

From 2013, I undertook doctoral training and research at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, with Professors Susan Robertson and Roger Dale as supervisors.

I passed the viva (the PhD defence) in June 2017.


My work has focused on education in different ways. After graduating as a teacher, in 2001 - 2004, I taught young migrant students who had recently arrived to Denmark.


In 2003-2009, the practical experiences as a teacher got me involved in professional development of teachers and R&D with a focus on language-across-the-curriculum and intercultural education. During this period, I was employed at the Centre for Bilingualism and Interculturality. This Centre became part of University College UCC in the late 2000s.

In 2010-2011, I focused on writing my MA dissertation and conducted follow-up research in England, while working as a teaching assistant in Newham, East London.

In 2012, I worked for the European Commission's Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture in the Analysis and Studies Unit. I was involved in the European Survey on Language Competences and the drafting of the EC Communication "Rethinking Education".

In 2013-2017, I undertook the PhD programme at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, under the supervision of Professors Susan Robertson and Roger Dale. The PhD research involved an analysis of the OECD's Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), based on policy documents and interviews with a wide range of the policy actors involved in the programme at various levels.

Since September 2017 I have been a postdoctoral researcher at UC Louvain, part of the project TEACHERSCAREERS. Associate Professor Xavier Dumay is PI of the project which is supported by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). 

From April 2020, I will work on the project "Social dialogue and industrial relations in education: the challenges of multi-level governance and of privatization in Europe". The one-year project is funded by the European Commission and is undertaken by a consortium of UC Louvain, University of Naples Federico II, University of Warsaw, and the European Trade Union Committee for Education as the project coordinator.