In my life before academia, I worked in development assistance with the International Red Cross Movement. Several assignments in development cooperation programs took me to Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Mozambique, Moldova, Romania, East Timor and Cambodia and few more.
I have also taken part in post-conflict humanitarian assistance in Kosovo and worked in relief operations after earthquakes in Indonesia and Italy.
From 2007 to 2009 I was the representative of the Austrian Red Cross to the EU Commission in Brussels.
My academic career started in 2011, when I received my PhD at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien) and started teaching at the Vienna University, Department of Development Studies. From 2014 to 2015, I was a visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton on the invitation of Prof. Dani Rodrik. The Academy of Sciences in Vienna generously supported my stay with a Max Kade Fellowship. After that I was based at the IFK Wien for a semester as a research fellow. In 2016 to 2018, I was based at the University of Warwick and the University of Groningen. I am grateful to the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) for supporting me with an Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship.
My first years as a scholar have greatly benefited from the support of scholars from the Ronald Coase Institute for which I am very grateful. In 2013, I co-founded the Austrian Society for New Institutional Economics (ASNIE) which aims to connect scholars of institutional economics in Austria. In 2016, I was invited to join the Ludwig Boltzmann-Institut for Digital History in Vienna.
I am married and we have one son. I have organized small-scale community development projects in my home town near Vienna.