Thomas Thaler is a PhD student at the Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC) at Middlesex University in London. His dissertation project focuses on the topic of risk governance and natural hazards in Europe. The conceptual framework of the studies oriented on the questions relating to design and effectiveness of governance systems as well as integrated of European environmental policies into national and local institutions. The project’s objectives are working out the different institutional governance structures, decision-making practices and the flood response procedures in different European contexts and examining these from the perspective of risk-burden sharing.
From 2003 to 2009 he studied business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In 2008 he attended an Erasmus exchange program at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. From 2004 to 2010 he studied international development at the University of Vienna. His focus was on environmental, public and development economics.