Professor at the Department of Public Policy at the Central European University (CEU) in Vienna. Director of the Shattuck Center for Human Rights. Martin Kahanec acted as the Dean of CEU's School of Public Policy in 2017-19 and 2020-21; he was elected to continue as the Head of the unit when it was renamed to Department (2021-2023).
Founder and Scientific Director of CELSI, Bratislava (2008-). Affiliated Scholar and member of the Advisory Board at the Global Labor Organization. Affiliated Researcher at Centre for Population, Development and Labour Economics (POP), MERIT, United Nations University, Maastricht; and the University of Economics in Bratislava. Research Fellow (2005-2015), Deputy Program Director "Migration" (2007-2016), and Deputy Director of Research (2009) at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University's Labor and Worklife Program 2014/15. Mercator Senior Visiting Fellow (2019-20) at Bruegel, Brussels.
Member of the Council of the Government of the Slovak Republic for Science, Technology and Innovation as well as the Scientific Board of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic; former member of the national COVID-19 Economic Crisis Management Council at the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic and member of Minister's advisory council (2020-2021).
Elected member of Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences, and Chairperson of its Section Committee "Economics, Business and Management Sciences". Former president of the Slovak Economic Association (2016-2018).
His main research interests are economic policy, labor and population economics, migration, EU mobility, ethnicity, and reforms in European labor markets. Martin Kahanec has published in peer-reviewed academic journals and has edited and contributed to several scientific book volumes and journal special issues.
Associate Editor of the International Journal of Manpower and Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies; Editorial Board member of the Journal of European Social Policy and Economic Systems; founding Managing Editor of the IZA Journal of European Labor Studies (2012-2016, included in Scopus under Kahanec's editorship); and former member of the Editorial Board of Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research.
Martin Kahanec has held several advisory positions and leading roles in a number of scientific and policy projects with the World Bank, the European Commission, European Parliament, European Court of Auditors, OECD, and other international and national institutions.
Martin Kahanec earned his Ph.D. in Economics in 2006 from the Center for Economic Research (CentER), Tilburg University, the Netherlands.