Pelle Korsbæk Sørensen

Pelle Korsbæk Sørensen

MSc (Public Administration) & PhD

  • Universitetsvej 1, 44.1

    DK-4000 Roskilde


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Personal profile



Pelle Korsbæk Sørensen is an Assistant Professor at the Research Centre for Health Promotion at Roskilde University. His research examines the interdisciplinary field of health promotion, sociology, political science and research on psychosocial working environment. For the study year of 2018/2019 Pelle teaches courses in scientific methods, mixed methods, theory of science, and the context of health policies - with specific attention to the notions of social pathologies of contemporary modern society and the ethical dimensions of working life.

His current research is on moral and ethical dimensions in relation to experiences of a decline in the quality of welfare services. In relation to this he is involved in a research project on new perspectives on Danish nurses’ psychosocial health.


Sociology of health, critique, psychosocial working environment, ethics, freedom of expression, participation, emotional labor, justification theory

Education and research

2019: April-May, Visitor and presenter, The Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation, University of California, Santa Cruz

2011 - 2015 PhD in Social Science, Roskilde University (RUC), Department of Society and Globalisation, Denmark

2013 (Fall) Visiting Graduate Researcher at UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), University of California, Los Angeles, USA

2010 Cand.scient.adm (Master in Public Administration), Roskilde University, Denmark

2007 (Fall) Visiting Student, Graduate level, The New School for Social Research (NSSR), Political Science, New York, USA

2006 Bachelor (BSc) in Social Welfare Studies (Socialvidenskab), Roskilde University (RUC), Denmark


2018 - Assistant Professor, Research Centre for Health Promotion, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University, Denmark

2016 - 2018 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University, Campus Copenhagen, Denmark

2015 Research Assistant, Global Dynamics (Research network), Roskilde University (RUC), Department of Society and Globalisation, Denmark

2011- 2015 PhD Fellow, Roskilde University (RUC), Department of Society and Globalisation, Denmark

2010 - 2011 Research Assistant / Communication, EU project WorkCareSynergies, Danish Team, Roskilde University (RUC), Department of Society and Globalisation, Denmark

2010-2011 Teaching Assistant, Roskilde University (RUC), Department of Society and Globalisation

2007-2008 Research Assistant / Student, Collaborative research project between RUC (Roskilde University) and NYU (New York University) on a comparative analysis of news on Internet homepages of newspapers

2007 Student, Unit for Entrepreneurship in Education, The Danish Ministry of Education


2018 TOEPAS certified to teach English-medium courses (at university level)

Positions of trust

Danish Sociological Association, Deputy Chair, Member of the board, link

Nordic Sociological Association, Member of the Board (Chairperson 2016-2018), link

Research networks

2018 -  Member of the coordination committee, Research Centre for Health Promotion (CSUF), Roskilde University, Denmark

2018 -  Member of the scientific research group 'Health Promotion and Health Strategies Research', Centre for Health Promotion (CSUF), Roskilde University, Denmark

2018 -  Research Affiliated, Research Centre for Public Employee’s and Private Employee’s Freedom of Speech (COPY), Department of Social Sciences and Business, Denmark

2016 - Research Affiliated, ALIV - Research network on working life, Denmark

Publication network

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