Research interests

My principal research interests are transnational governance, comparative research, and the varying outcomes of liberalisation and liberal ideology in education sectors across the globe since the 1970s. 

I draw upon the theories and concepts from the disciplines of education, sociology and political science to make sense of these developments. 

Informed by my background as teacher of young migrants and refugees, and teacher trainer on professional development courses across Denmark, my first research was focused on language learning, intercultural education and identity politics, often in a comparative perspective. This is reflected in my MA dissertation "The Bias of Markets" which was a study of the ways that liberalisation in the English and Danish school systems from the 1980s onwards went hand-in-hand with a turn towards nationalist and monocultural identity politics. The study was published as a monograph by the University of Copenhagen Press in 2011.

In line with the trend in comparative education research, I had at that point become interested in global and regional developments, and especially the politics and policies of the European Union and the OECD. My PhD thesis focused on the political attention directed towards the teaching profession globally, with the OECD programme Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) as a case in point.

My research since then has retained the focus on the governance of teachers and teaching in a transnational and often comparative perspective. Being part of the TEACHERSCAREERS team in UC Louvain gave me the possibility to conduct a major review on the research literature in the field as well as further empirical research on EU's education and employment governance.

Most recently, the project "Social dialogue and industrial relations in education: the challenges of multi-level governance and of privatization in Europe" allows me to further specialise in employment policy and working conditions in the education sector. The one-year project begins in April 2020 and is funded by the European Commission. It will be 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.

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