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Laura Rayner
Senior Policy Analyst

Laura Rayner is a Senior 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.

 

PROGRAM

PROJECT

Areas of expertise

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

Current positions

Senior Policy Analyst

Education

Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Stirling

Master of Science in Scottish History, University of Edinburgh

Languages

Dutch, English

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Publications

Future of Europe / DISCUSSION PAPER
The Green Deal in times of polycrisis: Aligning short-term responses with long-term commitments
By Stefan Sipka , Laura Rayner , Simon Dekeyrel , Philipp Lausberg , Danielle Brady - 29/02/2024
Social EU / EXTERNAL PUBLICATION
The Social Pillar and the future of the EU Social Agenda
By Laura Rayner , Tommaso Grossi , Danielle Brady , Xheimina Dervishi - 12/02/2024
Well-being / COMMENTARY
Protective, preventative policymaking fit for the future
By Aileen McLeod , Laura Rayner - 19/10/2023
Well-being / COMMENTARY
Wanted: An Executive Vice President for the Well-being Economy
By Aileen McLeod , Laura Rayner , Elizabeth Kuiper , Danielle Brady - 25/04/2023
Inequality / COMMENTARY
Gender equality: No time to rest
By Laura Rayner , Elizabeth Kuiper , Danielle Brady , Victoria Pedjasaar - 08/03/2023


Contributions

Industrial policy / QUOTE
Unions issue ‘urgent’ call for EU industrial policy to respect workers’ rights
Laura Rayner was interviewed by Euractiv on trade unions' call for EU industrial policy to respect workers’ rights.

Read the article here.


Unions issue ‘urgent’ call for EU industrial policy to respect workers’ rights
09 February 2024 - ,
Euractiv
Economic governance / DISCUSSION PAPER
Revised EU economic governance: Are the European Commission’s proposals socially just and environmentally sustainable?
Tommaso Grossi, Laura Rayner and Alessandro Liscai published a paper with SOLIDAR on the need to revise the EU's economic governance for a more just and environmentally sustainable Union. 

Read the paper here.

Revised EU economic governance: Are the European Commission’s proposals socially just and environmentally sustainable?
02 November 2023 - ,
SOLIDAR
Social EU / PUBLICATION
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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