Roman Hoffmann

Research Group: Migration, Education and Environment

Phone: +43 1 51581 - 7745

E-Mail: roman.hoffmann(at)


Roman Hoffmann joined the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) in September 2016. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Vienna and degrees in sociology and economics from the University of Munich. Before moving to the VID, he worked, among others, at the Department of Economic Sociology of the University of Vienna and the Department of Sociology of the University of Munich. In 2015 he was visiting researcher at the UP School of Economics in Manila, the Philippines. Roman has conducted empirical studies in cooperation with UNIDO, the GIZ, the City of Munich, as well as several non-governmental organisations.

In his applied research, Roman focuses on issues related to development and poverty in low- and middle-income countries. In particular, he is interested in understanding how health and environmental conditions affect the livelihood of vulnerable households and in the potential impact of policy interventions in achieving sustainable improvements. In his dissertation, Roman analysed the impact and utilisation of an integrated community health programme that was implemented by a microfinance institution in the Philippines. Currently, he is studying differential vulnerabilities as well as coping and adaptation strategies to climate change with a particular focus on the interactions between environmental change and population movements. Besides, he is involved in projects on environmental attitudes and behaviour, the integration of refugees and the emergence of trust and reputation in exchange networks.

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic development and poverty
  • Climate change, environmental conditions and mitigation/adaptation behaviour
  • Health of vulnerable populations
  • Empirical research methods and statistics
  • Behavioural and experimental economics

Selected Publications

The Health Knowledge Mechanism: Exploring the Link between Education and Health Lifestyles in the Philippines
Author(s): Hoffmann, R & Lutz, S U
Reference: The European Journal of Health Economics (forthcoming)
Year: 2018

Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future: Impacts of Education and Experience on Disaster Preparedness in the Philippines and Thailand. (forthcoming)
Author(s): Hoffmann, R & Muttarak, R
Reference: World Development
Year: 2017

Gesundheitliche Ungleichheit: Ursachen und empirische Befunde (Health Inequality: Causes and Empirical Evidence)
Author(s): Hoffmann, R
Reference: Tomaschek, N & Fritz, J: University – Society – Industry. Münster: Waxmann  
Year: 2016