Stemming from its roots as the leading platform for the European student living community, The Class of 2020’s research programme has had and continues to have a strong focus on understanding student housing markets across Europe. While learning from and sharing market insights with this community is still at the core of our research, as we approach “graduation”, the goals of The Class of 2020 have shifted and expanded to include topics looking at the next stages of adulthood. We believe that as students transition into the job market, our role in their journey does not come to an abrupt end. With drastically different needs and preferences than generations before them, The Class of 2020 seeks to understand new models of living and working together that overcome the challenges faced and new desires of recent graduates.
Attraction and retention of young talent is vital to the internationalisation of higher education, and ultimately to create vibrant and competitive cities. With dedicated consulting services, The Class helps higher education institutions, cities, economic boards, and private partners to shape the future global talent hubs.
Since 2014 The Class of 2020 has conducted several advisory projects, of which some are shown below.
The municipality of Milan has welcomed The Class of 2020 for an advisory project to co-create new urban campus strategies for several abandoned, former industrial sites in Milan.
The Class of 2020 supported The City of The Hague and The Hague University of Applied Science in better leveraging its distinct profile as international student city on peace and justice.
The Mayor’s office, The Amsterdam Economic Board and The Class of 2020 initiated and co-created an impact driven action plan to reposition Amsterdam as global university capital.
A network of critical thinkers based across Europe, both in academia and practice, that shares our passion to work on the future of urban campus.
Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel PhD
James Ransom MSc
Javier Capapé Aguilar PhD
Jeroen van Haaren MSc
Flavia is a postdoctoral researcher in European Campuses and Innovation at Delft University of Technology. In the European Campus research project Flavia focusses on developing information and tools targeted to support decision makers of university campuses.
James is Policy Researcher at Universities UK and PhD candidate at UCL Institute of Education. James’ work looks at the roles of universities in cities around the world, and the ways as they engage at the local, regional and national level to support innovation and economic growth.
Javier is Adjunct Professor and Director of the Sovereign Wealth Lab at IE Business School. His research centeres around the roles that (government-owned) institutional investors playing in alternative long-term real estate assets.
Jeroen is Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His work focusseson quantitative spatial analysis of among others labour markets, housing and commercial real estate markets.