I am a Postdoctoral Researcher focusing on governance and education in national, regional and global contexts. Since 2022, I work in the Hertie School in Berlin. 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, Brussels in Belgium, and Krakow in Poland.
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 2000, I taught in the following years young migrant students who had recently arrived to Denmark.
In 2003, my practical experience 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 (the Centre was known as "UC2" in Denmark), where I worked until 2009. 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.
From September 2017 to September 2021, I was based in Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), just outside Brussels, Belgium. In UCLouvain, I was part of the TEACHERSCAREERS project team, funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant. From April 2020 to March 2021, I was also a lead contributor to the European Commission-funded project "Social dialogue and industrial relations in education: the challenges of multi-level governance and privatisation in Europe". The project was undertaken by a research consortium of UCLouvain, the University of Naples Federico II, and the University of Warsaw, with the European Trade Union Committee for Education as coordinator.