The management of the IHS consists of the Scientific Director and the position of the General Secretary.

Director – Prof. Dr. Holger Bonin

As of July 1, 2023, Prof. Dr. Holger Bonin has been appointed Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS). Holger Bonin was most recently Research Director of the IZA Institute of Labour Economics in Bonn one of the most research-intensive economic research institutes in Europe with the world's leading network in labour economics.

Holger Bonin's research is empirically oriented and focuses in particular on the effects of digitalisation and demographic change on employment and the demands of working life, as well as on the effectiveness of social policy instruments, especially in the areas of labour market and family policy. Holger Bonin is heavily involved in science-based policy advice. He is a member of the Expert Advisory Board on Skilled Worker Monitoring of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in Germany, was a member of the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation appointed by the German Federal Government from 2019-2022 and was a member of the Independent Expert Commission for the 2nd Equality Report of the Federal Government. Holger Bonin is an elected member of the Economic Policy Committee, the Social Policy Committee and the Population Science Committee in the Verein für Socialpolitik (VfS).

General Secretary – Mag. (FH) Julia Studencki

On 15.9.2022, Mag. (FH) Julia Studencki was appointed Secretary General of the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS). Her activities include commercial management.

After studying business consulting at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt with a focus on management, organizational and human resources consulting as well as corporate accounting and auditing, Julia Studencki passed the tax consulting examination in 2006 and worked as a team leader with procuration at the former BDO Graz GmbH (now Rabel & Partner). From 2009 to 2015, Julia Studencki was head of accounting with power of attorney and, since 2016, head of human resources at the non-university research company acib GmbH. Julia Studencki teaches part-time at the Joanneum University of Applied Sciences in Graz and Kapfenberg.

Assistants to the management

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