Moritz Laurer is an Associate Researcher in the Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation, Digital Economy (GRID) unit at CEPS. He co-organises the European Policy Data Science Network, a network of data-driven researchers in leading think tanks and civil society organisations.
Since joining CEPS in June 2019, he led GRID’s data science research in projects like TRIGGER. The research includes data collection (e.g. the CEPS EurLex dataset of 140,000+ EU laws); data analysis (e.g. natural language processing of large text corpora); and data visualisation from plots to web applications using Python and R. Moritz also conducts research on opportunities and challenges linked to new technologies, for example in the FlexiGroBots project or on the EU AI Act.
Besides his work for CEPS, Moritz is currently pursuing a PhD in supervised machine learning for political text analyses at Free University of Amsterdam.
Before joining CEPS, Moritz worked as a consultant for the European Commission at CARSA, a technology and innovation consultancy. His projects included an impact assessment of Industry 4.0 technologies in the European manufacturing industry (boost40.eu). Prior to that, Moritz gathered experiences in the policy planning staff of the German foreign ministry (Berlin), the research service of the German parliament (Berlin), the Institute for Policy Studies (Washington DC), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP, Berlin), and the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif, Brussels).
On a more personal level, Moritz is passionate about using data science to analyse European politics and co-founded the NGO DataMine Europe ASBL.