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Why we post: a global perspective on social media

Why we post: a global perspective on social media

How do people use social media in different parts of the world, and what are the implications? Professor Daniel Miller explains what a team of anthropologists found by sending 15 months each in nine small towns all over the world, comparing social media use. You can engage with their research through a variety of free online resources including UCL’s first massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 29th February, a series of open access books published by UCL Press, and a short video.
25 November 2015
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Published: Nov 25, 2015 12:48:36 PM

Banning Milk and Cheese

Cameron - Banning Milk and Cheese

Pablo Echenique is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming Spanish general election. On Monday 26 October, he was scheduled to talk at the UCL European Institute, however the event had to be cancelled when he ran into difficulties at the UK Border. Here, he explains the full story…
2 November 2015
Pablo Echenique

Published: Oct 22, 2015 1:29:19 PM

Flights from Freedom

Flights from Freedom

Eva Hoffman, former editor of The New York Times and Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, asks what propels individuals to turn to extremist movements and argues that we need to build a ‘culture of democracy’ with shared norms and ethics.
22 October 2015
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Published: Oct 22, 2015 1:29:19 PM


Do Not Fear Austerity: A Public Meeting with Yanis Varoufakis

Alessandro de Arcangelis, UCL PhD student in History, reports on a ‘public meeting’ with Yanis Varoufakis, and his advice to Jeremy Corbyn.
30 September 2015
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Published: Oct 1, 2015 11:11:24 AM

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt and the Ancients

One of the most original figures of the twentieth century, Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) still exerts a profound influence on political thinking today. Her work on revolution, action, totalitarianism, or “the banality of evil” continues to animate debates about democracy, about Israel and Palestine, about feminism and about the nature of political participation - she has even been the subject of a recent film. Miriam Leonard, Professor of Greek Literature and its Reception at UCL, discusses the inspiration that Arendt’s critique of contemporary politics found in antiquity.
12 October 2015
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Published: Oct 1, 2015 11:11:24 AM


FRINGE: the latest addition to IAS

3rd December 2015
The latest addition to UCL's Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) is the FRINGE centre: the centre for the study of social & cultural complexity.

Published: Nov 16, 2015 12:34:34 PM

David Coen & Alexander Katsaitis report on interest representation in the European Parliament

22 October 2015
Professor David Coen, Director of the UCL School of Public Policy and the Global Governance Institute, and Research Assistant Alexander Katsaitis have published a report to the European Parliament on the ‘Institutional and Constitutional aspects of Special Interest Representation’.

Published: Oct 22, 2015 10:36:44 AM

EI Call for Proposals

19 October 2015
Our calls for proposals are out now! Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can apply to our Junior Research Forum, and UCL academic staff to our Small Grants Scheme. We provide support for research conferences or workshops, reading groups or seminar series, research expenses, and collaborations or public engagement activities. There are rolling deadlines every 1st of the month during term time.

Published: Oct 19, 2015 11:01:06 AM


Britain & Europe Series

2015-16. Click here for details on upcoming policy panels, resource collections and our new blog.

UCL in the Press

Rapid rise in diabetes linked to spread of urbanisation

14 November 2015
David Napier, professor of medical anthropology at UCL suggests that, by focusing on medical factors, traditional research had failed to capture “the social and cultural drivers” that made urban populations especially vulnerable to type 2 diabetes. More...

Published: Nov 24, 2015 9:28:11 AM

UK Government's energy policy 'reset' is damaging

18 November 2015
Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) says cuts to renewables and a new programme to build more gas-fired power stations is damaging for investors and means the UK is unlikely to meet its carbon reduction targets.  More...

Published: Nov 23, 2015 12:50:06 PM

In-work benefits for migrants

10 November 2015
Professor Christian Dustmann (UCL CReAM) comments on David Cameron’s demand to curb EU migrants’ access to in-work benefits as part of the EU reform...

Published: Nov 23, 2015 12:37:00 PM

Featured Events 


The Paris attacks: how does extreme violence challenge our categories of thinking?

7 December 2015
During the past fortnight acts of extreme violence in public places in Paris and Bamako have joined recent attacks in cities from  Ankara to Beirut and Baghdad. How are we to make sense of the violent events targeting civilians in the cities we inhabit and travel to?What are their effects, on societies, individuals, victims and perpetrators? How do they threaten, not only our lives, but also our habits of thought? How do our respective academic disciplines equip or fail us in the understanding of these events? How can/must  we think them anew? More...

Starts: Dec 7, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Baroness Catherine Ashton

Baroness Catherine Ashton: Reflections on the challenges of foreign policy

8 December 2015
Join the UCL Global Governance Institute and the European Institute for a lecture by Baroness Ashton, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and First Vice President of the European Commission, from 2009 to 2014. She will reflect on the challenges of foreign policy.  More...

Starts: Dec 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The refugee crisis

The Refugee Crisis: Too little compassion or too much? 2015 Sakharov Debate

10 December 2015
Images of children washed up on a beach, newly erected border fences, and citizens welcoming arriving refugees in train stations have been populating our screens. They appeal to our compassion, but they also raise warnings of a populist backlash. This year’s Sakharov debate looks at Europe’s refugee crisis, and the response of the EU and its Member States to it. What remedies have been sought and why has an adequate response proved so elusive? Why and how have our various governments, and societies reacted so differently? How can one member state take in 1.5 million people and others next to none? What arguments are being made in favour of helping, or not helping, refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere? More...

Starts: Dec 10, 2015 12:00:00 AM