Breuer, T

Dr. Tijana Prokic-Breuer is co-founder and director of Education Lab NL ( ). Education Lab NL is a social innovation lab that aims to improve the quality of education by bringing together science and educational practice to work together on evidence-informed educational improvement and innovation. Tijana led several research projects where co-creation between scientists and education professionals is central, such as the for example the research on the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on the learning performance of Dutch students and on effective interventions to combat it. She is also responsible for the recently awarded collaboration with the City of Amsterdam in the field of knowledge utilization and creation: Education Knowledge Network Amsterdam ( and Masterplan Zuidoost. Both of these projects aim to develop a regional knowledge network to promote sustainable improvement and innovation in education. Within these collaborations, she works with different stakeholders (policy makers, school leaders and teachers) on experimental research on effective interventions to promote equal opportunities in education, reduce language deficits and stimulate the development of schools as learning organizations.

Tijana holds a PhD from the European Institute in Florence (2011), after which she gained extensive (inter)national experience as a consultant and researcher. Tijana was project leader at the Inspectorate of Education and one of the lead authors of the State of Education. She worked as a senior consultant at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris where she worked on several projects such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study.  She was senior consultant and author of the 2016 evaluation report of the Dutch education system (Netherlands 2016: Foundations for the Future).


Haelermans, C., Korthals, R., Jacobs, M., de Leeuw, S., Vermeulen, S., van Vugt, L., Aarts, B., Prokic-Breuer, T., van der Velden, R., van Wetten, S. & de Wolf, I. (2022). Sharp increase in inequality in education in times of the COVID-19-pandemic. PloS one, 17(2).

Van Damme, D., Prokic-Breuer, T., Vermeulen, S. (2022) Not All Pyramids Are the Same: Relative Learning Exclusion and Its Evolution Over Time. In D. Wagner, N.M. Castillo, & S. Grant-Lewis, Learning, Marginalization, and Improving the Quality of Education in Low-Income Countries, London: Open Book Publishers.

Vink, M. P., Prokic Breuer, T., and  Dronkers, J. (2017). Access to Citizenship and the Role of Origin Countries. In A. Weinar, A. Unterreiner, & P. Fargues (Eds.), Migrant Integration Between Homeland and Host Society Volume 1: Where does the country of origin fit? (pp. 201-224). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Prokic-Breuer, T. and McManus, P. (2016). Immigrant qualification mismatch 15 developed countries, apparent or real? European Sociological Review 32 (3): 411-438.