Following the idea of knowledge as an empowering force, the European Student Think Tank is committed to support Europe’s young in making sense of the future of work. For this purpose, its dedicated Working Group on Youth Employment brings together expertise of early-career researchers from different social science disciplines. In its first project cycle 2018/19, the Working Group will create informative low-threshold knowledge products for a young audience. Research topics will cover a range of urgent challenges for decent youth employment in Europe and explore the role of the European Union in mastering them. In particular, this is to inform debate in the context of the European Parliament elections 2019. As part of several waves of publication, the EST will strive to disseminate this output with the support of its institutional network both online and through youth participation events.

Team Members

Arthur Corazza

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Arthur Corazza is a graduate student of European Studies Research at the London School of Economics, specializing in political economy. He is the founder and head of the EST Working Group on Youth Employment. Prior to setting foot in London, Arthur gained experience in macroeconomic research at WU Vienna, in international affairs at the United Nations in Geneva, and in journalism. Youth participation has enabled him to gain insights into European policy-making, for instance when heading the Working Group on Youth Employment at the Young European Council 2017 or by representing the youth in the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs in fall 2018. Having published academic research and journalistic pieces, Arthur hopes to continue working at the intersection of policy-making and research in his fields of interest – political economy, economic policy, employment and mobility – in the future. At the European Student Think Tank, his research focuses on non-standard forms of employment, in-work poverty, and skills development.


Ciara Fitzroy

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Ciara Fitzroy is a second-year Masters student of International Relations and Diplomacy, studying at Leiden University in partnership with the Clingendael Institute, a leading foreign policy and diplomacy think-tank in The Hague. Within her programme she focuses on strategies for intra-state conflict prevention and resolution. She also holds an LLB in Law from Bristol University in the UK, where she completed an undergraduate thesis in mental health law. Ciara is from the UK but has lived and worked in Japan, Belgium and the Netherlands, mainly in charities and non-governmental organisations. Her academic interests include international and foreign policy, conflict resolution, housing policy and youth mental health. Her role at the EST is researching the topic of employment precarity among young people in Europe, and its impact on mental health. 


Casper Gelderblom

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Casper Gelderblom’s work centers on the nexus between the practice and theory of labor relations. Currently pursuing an MPhil in Political Thought at the University of Cambridge, Casper previously studied International Development at Leiden University College (BSc, 2017) and European History at the universities of Leiden, Panthéon-Sorbonne, and Oxford (MA, 2018). Besides his studies, he has worked as a policy trainee for the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, as a research intern at the Israeli labor rights NGO Kav LaOved, and as Visiting Fellow at Cornell University’s Worker Institute in New York. In addition, Casper is a long-time member of the largest union of the Netherlands, FNV, which he has represented on the European Trade Union Confederation’s Youth Committee. Within the Working Group, Casper focuses on the relations between young workers and trade unions. Given his interest in transnationalism, he is particularly interested in ways in which unions can mobilize young Europeans across national borders to shape an EU labor market that works for young people.


Marina Papazotou

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Marina Papazotou is a qualified lawyer, member of a Greek Bar Association. She holds a masters degree in European Union Law from Leiden University, where she wrote her thesis on the Human Rights of LGBT+ Asylum seekers. After graduating from Leiden University, she completed an internship at Eurojust in the field of Communications and a traineeship at the Protocol Unit of the European Parliament in Brussels. She is currently established in London. Her role in the EST group is to explore the inequalities between young men and women in their professional functions. She is passionate about human rights and gender equality, a subject about which she has researched while developing a Podcast with the Schuman Trainees’ Committee of the European Parliament. 


Severin Rapp

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Severin is a graduate student in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics and Social Sciences from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Before coming to Oxford, Severin worked in applied economic policy research and Austrian social policy from various perspectives, including academics, think tanks and policy making. Most recently, he examined the effect of price developments on the financial situation of Austrian households at the Research Institute Economics of Inequality at WU. His research interests revolve around education policy and social inequality, with a special focus on consumption. Primarily, he addresses policy issues on the European level. As a member of the EST Working Group on Youth Employment, he investigates European education policies and their implications for quality employment. Social inequalities resulting from different educational pathways constitute the heart of this analysis. In particular, apprenticeship-based learning is to be scrutinized.


Götz Siedler

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Götz Siedler studied Economics in Edinburgh and Mannheim where he completed his degree in 2017. Since then he has been pursuing a Master programme – also in Economics – at the University of Bonn. Currently, he is spending a semester in Siena, Tuscany. His academic interests include economic history, economic geography, labour and welfare economics. In Bonn, he also worked in the Public Relations department of the IZA, helping to explain complex papers in the field of labour economics in a way understandable to a broad audience. As EST Policy Research Officer he works on the topic of Labour Market Polarisation, i.e. the tendency observable in Western countries of an increase in both low- and high-skill work threatening to undermine the middle class.