Sofie Cabus studied business management (2007) at the former EHSAL (Odisee) and public economics (2008) at KU Leuven. In 2013, she obtained her PhD in economics from Maastricht University. The thesis studied the position of early school leavers on the labour market and measures to prevent unqualified dropouts. Between 2013 and 2018, Dr Cabus was an associate professor at Maastricht University, studying the mismatch between education and the labour market. In the following years, she expanded her expertise in activating labour market policies and lifelong learning at the Research Institute for Work and Society (HIVA) and in adult education and training at VVOB, an institutional actor implementing programmes at all levels of education in the Global South.
Sofie Cabus' work has been published in more than 70 journals and reports.
As a lecturer, Sofie Cabus taught statistics, econometrics and labour economics to bachelor and master students at the University of Antwerp and research methods and techniques to adults and staff at Maastricht University and VVOB. Although she has a solid background in quantitative research methods and evidence-informed policymaking, in recent years Dr Cabus has additionally invested in a knowledge base in qualitative research techniques including theory of change (TOC), outcome harvesting and process tracing.