Born and raised in a smallish village near Graz in Austria I went on and studied economics (B.A. Econ.) and sociology (B.A.) at the University of Graz. Hungry for a more in depth training in quantitative methods I went on and did my M.A. at the University of Mannheim. In two intense years I learned incredibly much, thanks to the teaching, support, advice and tutorship of the faculty. Through work and support I managed to acquire a position as a Ph.D. researcher at the European University Institute to work on my Thesis: Labour market polarisation and care work in Europe.
Labour market polarization, care work, future and sustainability of care provision, sociology of the family, social networks, educational inequalities tied to networks and influence of atypical employment on earnings.
I dabbled in the field of text mining in R, topic modelling, basic parallelisation of computation intensive tasks, cleaning of messy text files, graphical display of data and advanced regular expressions. I also write the occasional utility package for R that helps to speed up research (e.g. a relabeler for ISCO codes). So, if you are working with ISCO classifications in R or Stata take a look at my code.
Personal trivia, or the human side
Besides academia, I like motorcycles, mountainbiking, enjoying the italian sun, wine and
food as well as working with my hands. Especially with metal, as I am a decentish amateur MMA and TIG welder.