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COMMENTS 

At the Edges of Europe: Britain, Romania and European Identities

In their relationship to Europe, both Britain and Romania are situated at the continent’s edge, but that is where any list of comparisons between the two countries usually ends. Certainly, both countries are members of the European Union, but their respective responses to the European Union differ markedly. Polls conducted by Eurobarometer consistently put Romanians among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union, and the British (along with the Greeks) among the least. But what are the historical roots of Romanian and British attitudes towards Europe and the European idea?
27 July 2015
Prof. Martyn Rady More...

Starts: Jul 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Extremism disenchanted: what role can education play?

Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The case for an EU referendum

Christopher Bickerton, lecturer in Politics at the University of Cambridge, discusses how how the impending EU referendum in the UK necessitates open and unbiased academic debate, and how British discussions of EU reform may reverberate across the European continent.
15 May 2015
Dr. Christopher Bickerton More...

Starts: May 15, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Core Activities

UCL European Institute

Events

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.

Information

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.