Dr Thomas Thaler is currently working as a post-doc researcher at the Institute of Mountain Risk Engineering (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences). My research focuses on the topic of risk governance, social justices and natural hazard risk management in Europe, with a particular emphasis on questions relating to design and effectiveness of governance systems as well as integrated of European environmental policies into national and local institutions.
He holds a PhD from the Flood Hazard Research Centre at Middlesex University in London (UK). My thesis focuses on national flood risk management and related policies in different European countries. The goal of my PhD research project is to investigate how European countries with different institutional arrangements and governance systems and practices deal with the challenge of flood risk management. The project’s objectives are working out the different institutional 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 and at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. From 2004 to 2010, he studied international development at the University of Vienna, focussing on environmental, regional, public and development economics. His research focuses on national flood risk management and related policies strategies in different European countries.