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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
Daniel Miller  More...

Starts: Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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

Starts: Nov 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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
Eva Hoffman More...

Starts: Oct 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Core Activities

UCL European Institute


The Institute runs an annual event programme in order to highlight topical issues and generate debate, host high-profile external speakers, develop in-depth discussions and contextualise UCL research output. We support events led by UCL scholars that broker new approaches to thinking and analysing Europe and the EU; these showcase the vitality and range of UCL expertise in this area. Some events are organised by the Institute itself in response to both current affairs and long-standing, fundamental questions confronting Europe and its integration processes. Wherever possible, we work with external institutions and organisations to bring UCL's research to a wide audience and influence public debate, thinking and policy.

Comment & analysis

The European Institute is the university's central platform for bringing the critical thinking and in-depth expertise of our researchers to a wide audience within and beyond academe. We regularly publish commentaries, thought pieces and brief articles by UCL academics and selected guest contributors, which respond to topical developments or comment on long-standing questions concerning Europe and the EU. We also occasionally commission, edit and publish working papers, booklets and policy briefings on particular topics; produced in-house, they are available in digital as well as hard copy format.

Junior Research Forum

The Institute runs a Junior Research Forum, through which we support groups of advanced research students  – MA and PhDs students as well as postdoctoral fellows at UCL – to further develop their research related to Europe or the EU. A funding call at the beginning of each academic year invites proposals from groups of at least two lead researchers, ideally from different departments. Proposals may range from discussion and reading groups to seminars, conferences and public lectures – or a combination thereof.


One of the key tasks of the European Institute is to manage and distribute information among UCL staff and students as well as the wider public. This website will be the one-stop point for information on research and teaching on Europe at UCL. See our a extensive resource area for links, materials, archives and other relevant information for anyone researching EU history, politics, laws and related interests. For regular updates on the Institute’s activities and related news from UCL, please sign up to our newsletter, or use us as the main access point to find an expert on Europe at UCL. UCL staff are encouraged to contact us with details about their work and projects, with news, suggested content or upcoming events, or with queries regarding research expertise of staff at other departments and faculties.