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Personlig profil



Development economist with extensive experience in survey design, data analysis, policy-oriented research and project coordination. Research interests revolve around labour market issues with a particular focus on regulatory frameworks, employment promotion and informality in the global south. Geographical focus is East Asia (mostly Vietnam) and East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania).

Current Project

Currently involved in a large research project (2016-2020) entitled Informal Worker Organization and Social Protection, which is a joint research initiative between Roskilde University, University of Nairobi, Kenya and Mzumbe University in Tanzania. The project is funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Currently teaching the courses Political Economy of Development, International Political Economy (bachelor level) and Labour in the Global Economy (masters level). Moreover, supervision of various bachelor projects in International Studies and masters thesis in International Development Studies/Global Studies. 

Censor in economics at Copenhagen University

Other activities

Member of the ESRC/GCRF Strategic Network on Legal Regulation of Unacceptable Forms of Work (UFW): https://www.dur.ac.uk/law/policyengagement/ufw/

Presenter at the UNU-WIDER annual conference, 13th-15th September 2018 in Helsinki. The presentation is available online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICvh5djZlh4

Regular reviewer for World Development, European Journal of Development Research and the International Labour Review

Undertaking consultancy tasks for the ILO, World Bank and UNU-WIDER

Employment Record

2016 – Present  Post.Doc/Assistant Professor at RUC/ISE

2013 – 2016  Consultant at the International Labour Organization

2015 – 2015  Consultant at the World Bank and UNDP 

2014 – 2016  External lecturer at Danish Institute for Study Abroad

2009 – 2013   PhD student at the University of Copenhagen, Dept. of Economics

2008 – 2009   Researcher at the University of Copenhagen, Dept. of Economics                       

2007 – 2008   Economist at the International Labour Organization                                      

2007 – 2007   Technical officer at CEOSS (NGO), Cairo, Egypt                                             

2003 – 2006   Assistant to the Director at the UN Research Institute for Social Development

2001 – 2003   Researcher at the International Labour Organization 


2009 – 2013   PhD in Economics, Dept. of Economics, University of Copenhagen,                             

2000 – 2001   MSc in International Development, University of Bath, UK

1997 – 2000   BA in Economics, Politics and Philosophy, University of York, UK

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Publikationer 2008 2018

Does union membership pay off? Evidence from Vietnamese SMEs

Torm, N., 4 jul. 2018, Helsinki: UNU-WIDER., (W I D E R. Working Papers, Bind 71).

Publikation: Working paperForskningpeer review

Åben adgang

Social security and firm performance: The case of Vietnamese SMEs

Lee, S. & Torm, N., 6 jun. 2017, I : International Labour Review. 156, 2, s. 185-212

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

Gender matters: Private sector training in Vietnamese SMEs

Torm, N., Bjerge, B. & Trifkovic, N., 1 dec. 2016, Helsinki: UNU-WIDER., 29 s. (W I D E R. Working Papers; Nr. 149).

Publikation: Working paperForskningpeer review

Åben adgang

The impact of minimum wage adjustments on Vietnamese wage inequality

Hansen, H., Rand, J. & Torm, N., 1 dec. 2016, 1 udg., Hanoi: International Labour Organisation, 56 s.

Publikation: Working paperForskningpeer review

Åben adgang

Projekter 2017 2021

SPIWORK: Informal Worker Organisation and Social Protection

Riisgaard, L., Torm, N. & Mitullah, W.


Projekter: ProjektForskning