Roman Hoffmann

Research Group: Migration, Education and Environment

Phone: +43 1 51581 - 7745

E-Mail: roman.hoffmann(at)


Roman Hoffmann is a postdoctoral researcher at the Vienna Institute of Demography (research group “Migration, Education and Environment”) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (project “East Africa, Peru, India Climate Capacities”). He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Vienna and degrees in sociology and economics from the University of Munich. In 2012, he was visiting researcher at the University of the Philippines, School of Economics in Manila. Prior to his current positions, he has worked for the University of Vienna, the University of Munich, and the Bavarian State Institute for Higher Education Research and Planning. He has served as a consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the Asian Development Bank, the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), the City of Munich, and several non-governmental organizations.

In his applied research, Roman studies the impacts of climate changeand how populations respond and adapt to it. One pillar of his work is focused on the topic of climate migration. He is currently involved in several research projects that aim at enhancing the understanding of the complex mechanisms that shape environmentally induced migration processes by using innovative data and computational methods, such as meta-analysis and spatial modeling.

A second pillar of his work focusses on in-situ adaptation processes and resilience to environmental change, including research on the role of differential vulnerabilities to disasters and environmental impacts on health. He is co-leader of the Climate, Health and Population (CHAP) project funded by the City of Vienna. The project studies the impact of changing environmental conditions on population health in the metropolitan area of Vienna and forecasts future health challenges based on climate and population projections.

As final area of interest, Roman is working on issues of climate change mitigation. He is currently involved in different projects focusing on the determinants of pro-environmental decision-making and greener policies. In particular, he interested in the role of education for sustainable development and building resilient societies.   

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation
  • Climate migration, poverty and resilience
  • Environmental health, public health
  • Econometrics, data science, experimental economics, impact evaluations

Selected Publications

Greening through Schooling: Understanding the Link between Education and Pro-Environmental Behavior in the Philippines
Author(s): Hoffmann R, & Muttarak R
Reference: Environmental Research Letters 15(1): 014009  - blog
Year: 2020

Data for a difficult subject: Climate Change and Human Migration
Author(s): Hoffmann R
Reference: Migration, Policy, Practice 10(1): 16-21
Year: 2020

Evaluating an MFI Community Health Worker Program: How microfinance group networks influence intervention outreach and impact
Author(s): Hoffmann R
Reference: Journal of Global Health 9 (1): 010435
Year: 2019

Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future: Impacts of Education and Experience on Disaster Preparedness in the Philippines and Thailand
Author(s): Hoffmann R, & Muttarak R
Reference: World Development, 96: 32-51 - blog
Year: 2017