Rachel Cetera


Research Officer


Rachel joined IES as a Research Intern in July 2021 before becoming a Research Fellow in December 2021. Her main interests include inequalities in progression, young people’s transitions from education to employment, precarious employment, the future of work, and adult learning and skills.

Rachel completed an undergraduate degree in World Philosophies and Economics at SOAS, University of London, and a Masters degree in Political Theory at UCL, University of London. For her Masters’ dissertation, she explored the disconnect between theories of equal opportunity for employment and the reality of young people’s opportunities for progression in their careers.

Since joining IES, Rachel has used her quantitative and qualitative skills on a range of policy projects focussed on worklessness, progression trajectories, the future of work, and interventions in education. She has experience with conducting and analysing interviews and focus groups, survey analysis, and reporting.



University of Sussex

MSc Social Research Methods


University of Sussex

BA, Sociology



Research Officer

Institute for Employment Studies


Research Intern

Institute for Employment Studies

Research publications