Igor Guardiancich graduated in Economics at the Università di Trieste in 2001 and obtained his Master’s degree in Political Economy of Transition at the London School of Economics in 2003. The following year he joined the European University Institute, where he successfully defended a doctoral dissertation on “Pension Reforms in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe: Legislation, Implementation and Sustainability.” This entailed thorough fieldwork research in Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Serbia and Slovenia.
His working and research experience includes periods spent at the European Commission - DG Enlargement, at the International Labour Organization, and at the European Trade Union Institute. As for his academic involvement, he has been a visiting fellow at the Central European University in Budapest and at the Centrum Europejskie Natolin in Warsaw.
He collaborates with various research networks, such as RECWOWE, Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe, on the interplay between flexicurity and old-age pensions and the ERSTE Foundation Social Research Fellowship, "Generations in Dialogue," on social inclusion and pensions in the former Yugoslavia. In addition to being employed at the Observatorie social europeen as a consultant for the Belgian federal government, he works as an academic collaborator on higher education at the Academic Careers Observatory of the Max Weber Programme in Florence.