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Laura Rayner
Policy Analyst

Laura Rayner is a Policy Analyst for the Social Europe and Well-being Programme at the EPC. Her research focuses on EU social policies, in particular in relation to EU economic governance and COVID recovery. She is also active on long-term structural issues such as demographic change, the just transition, housing and the changing world of work.

Prior to joining the EPC, Laura worked for Eurodiaconia, a European network of Christian NGOs providing social and healthcare services and advocating for social justice. Her work was principally focused on the intersection between European economic governance and social policy (the European Semester, the Recovery and Resilience Facility and the Economy of Well-being), as well as on issues around demographic change and long-term care.

From 2008 until 2019, Laura was Chief of Staff for a Member of the European Parliament from Scotland, Alyn Smith MEP, and was actively involved in the campaigns around the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 and the UK-EU referendum in 2016.

Laura has a Master of Science in Scottish History from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Stirling.




Areas of expertise

Social Europe, economic governance, wellbeing economy, Recovery and Resilience Facility, the Just Transition, demographic change, the future of work

Current positions

Policy Analyst


Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Stirling

Master of Science in Scottish History, University of Edinburgh


Dutch, English



Inequality / COMMENTARY
Gender equality: No time to rest
By Laura Rayner , Elizabeth Kuiper , Danielle Brady , Victoria Pedjasaar - 08/03/2023
The European Pillar of Social Rights: Five years on
By Laura Rayner , Tommaso Grossi , Danielle Brady , Victoria Pedjasaar - 20/12/2022
Europe’s power is built upon its social contract
By Laura Rayner , Tommaso Grossi - 28/11/2022
Social EU / REPORT
Fair Energy Transition for All - How to get there?
By Laura Rayner , Melanie Fessler - 08/11/2022
Social investment / COMMENTARY
Solidarity, sustainability and well-being at the heart of the EU mission
By Aileen McLeod , Laura Rayner - 16/06/2022


Study for BUDG Committee - Social tracking methodology for the EU budget
EPC analysts Tommaso Grossi and Laura Rayner conducted a study for the BUDG Committee of the European Parliament on the evolving approach to tracking the effectiveness and impact of social expenditure from the EU budget. 

In the last decade, there has been a shift toward performance-based budgeting, putting emphasis on the outputs and results of expenditure programmes. Despite these changes, ascertaining whether policies are achieving their underlying goals and contributing to the realisation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) remains difficult. The study analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the current system for monitoring and evaluating EU social spending and proposes improvements.

The study is available here.

Study for BUDG Committee - Social tracking methodology for the EU budget
03 March 2023 - ,
BUDG Committee of the European Parliament

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