Tobias Schillings

Research Student

Tobias is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Department of International Development. His research examines the political economy of universal health care and universal pensions. In analysing cross-national variation in welfare provision across the globe, his research explores the political and economic determinants and consequences of universal policies – with a focus on differences between the Global South and the Global North. Specifically, he is interested in the role of universalism in reducing inequality and strengthening social cohesion, as well as the role of different enabling political conditions for building truly universal welfare systems.

Outside of his academic research, Tobias works as an independent consultant in economic modelling, policy analysis, and data science. Focused on projects in health, inclusive finance, and migration, he has consulted for a variety of institutions, including UNDP, UNCDF, the Human Development Report, Chatham House, and the UK Department of International Development.

Tobias holds an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford and a BSc in Economics from the University of Münster. His DPhil research is funded by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

The political economy of universal social policy
21 March, 2022
New index developed by ODID researchers shows healthcare systems across the world becoming more universal
Research interests:

Political economy, inequality, social policy, public health, pensions