EuniWell Policy Commission

Students walking along a pathway lined with autumnal treesThe inaugural EUniWell Policy Commission will explore and understand the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on different groups of young people (15–24-year-olds).


Covid has arguably hit young people hardest, disrupting their learning and entry into working life, and effecting their mental health, well-being and future life chances. These effects have in turn had an unequal impact on different groups of young people across society. In support of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan the Policy Commission recognises our shared responsibility to ensure that young people across these different groups have equal opportunities in education, training and the labour market as part of the post-pandemic recovery.

Bringing leading figures from the public, private and third sectors together with EUniWell academics, the Policy Commission will consider evidence from a broad range of sources and produce policy recommendations in support of young people after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Policy Commission will consider the impacts on young people’s mental well-being through the pandemic, progression in education and/or work, and ability to plan their future careers and lives.

It will be especially interested in evidence of uneven effects on different groups of young people along lines of socio-economic background, gender, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

For questions relating to the Policy Commssion please contact: Paul Vallance, EUniWell Research Fellow

Policy Commissioners


Stefano Manservisi, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Global Development and former Director General for International Cooperation and Development at the European Commission. 


Professor Robin Miller, Director of Global Engagement for the College of Social Sciences, University of Birmingham 

Dr Erica Arthur, EUniWell Project Manager, University of Birmingham 

Hannah Stretton, EUniWell Project Coordinator, University of Birmingham  

Dr Paul Vallance, EUniWell Research Fellow, University of Birmingham 


Professor Matthew Broome, Director Institute of Mental Health, University of Birmingham  

Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health, Birmingham City Council  

Professor Daniele Vignoli, Professor of Demography, University of Florence  

Dr Fabio Bacchini, Senior Researcher, Head of Econometric Studies and Economic Forecasting Division, iSAT 

Professor Joachim Koops, Chair of Security Studies and Scientific Director of Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA), University of Leiden

Professor Dr. Kim Putters, Director of the SCP (Social Cultural Planning) Agency and Professor School of Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam 

Maria Arnholm, Governor of Kronoberg County, Kronoberg County

Professor Gunlög Fur, DVC responsible for Sustainability, Linnaeus University

Dr Séverine Misset, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Nantes

Dr Clémence Montagne, Care Design Lab, Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique

Dr Veronika Müller, Deputy Director of the Department of Pulmonology, Semmelweis University

Professor Zoltán Vokó, Director of Centre for Health Technology Assessment, Semmelweis University.