Thomas is a prae-doc with a focus on pension governance in Austria and Germany. Having studied comparative social policy and welfare, he is interested in the influence of trade unions in corporatist welfare states on pension policymaking. For his master thesis, Thomas dealt with individual, occupational and institutional factors affecting late retirement in Austria and Germany analyzing the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement (SHARE).
Before receiving the opportunity to join the DEEPEN team, Thomas worked at the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna, specializing in social gerontology and at the Austrian Chamber of Labour. He holds a double degree (Master of Social Sciences, MSSc) at the University of Linz, Austria and Tampere University, Finland. Besides his interest for pension policy, Thomas likes playing Badminton and video games.