Igor Tkalec is a research associate for the GlobalStat project led by Prof. Gaby Umbach. He holds BA degree from the University of Zagreb and MA degree from Central European University, both in political science. He obtained Ph.D. in political science (political economy/governance) at the University of Luxembourg. His doctoral dissertation analyzed the effects of policy coordination under the European Semester on national pension systems. His academic interests include political economy, governance, policy analysis and research methods, notably in the context of the European Union. Other professional interests are centered around data science and analytics with application to social phenomena.