Alessio Cuozzo is a postgraduate student at the University of Oxford, reading for an MSc in Comparative Social Policy after having been admitted to Corpus Christi College during the quincentenary of its foundation. His research interests spread across conceptions of justice, equality, and welfare, investigating to which extent - if any - the shape of social policies is primarily the result of different theoretical frameworks. He is particularly keen on the development of policies to support individuals to increase their autonomy and capabilities.
After spending his final year at University College London (UCL), Alessio graduated in Political Science from the University of Florence (Italy) in 2015, with a thesis in Political Theory. He explored why individuals tend to develop different meanings of the same concept, before analysing the distinction between a "negative" and a "positive" sense of individual liberty, establishing whether a compatibility between these two conceptions is possible or not, and if so, in what measure and how.
Before coming to Oxford, he also completed the Master Européen en Sciences du Travail, an MA jointly managed by his alma mater and the Warwick Business School, where he graduated with a thesis focused on the effectiveness of different European welfare systems in tackling the polarisation of income and skills within the labour market.
Apart from academia, over the last three years he also worked in research-oriented organisations: as an Associate Fellow and then a Board Member of Mises Italia, and as a Trainee at the European University Institute (EUI). Alessio participated also in the 2013 National Model United Nations (NMUN) in New York, working as a delegate in the UN Human Rights Council and ultimately receiving an Honorable Mention Award.