UCL European Institute


Dr Uta Staiger


Executive Director   

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Uta Staiger is the co-founder and Executive Director of the UCL European Institute. Since 2010, she has led the Institute in its mission to both create and curate opportunities for research on Europe, within and beyond UCL. In close consultation with the Institute’s Academic Director, currently Prof Piet Eeckhout (UCL Laws), Uta designs and oversees the Institute’s events programme, publications, research and public engagement. She has also been actively involved in driving UCL’s policy engagement on EU and European matters, including relationships with key stakeholders.

More recently, Uta has contributed to UCL strategy on Europe, and co-convenes the university's steering group on the research-based response to Brexit. In June 2017, Uta was appointed as UCL's Pro-Vice-Provost (Europe), a strategic role shaping UCL's engagement with Europe, and acting as ambassador and advocate for UCL's work on the continent.

Her main research interests, spanning modern European thought, the arts, and the history of European integration, are broadly in the relationship between culture and politics. She is particularly interested in mid-20th-century German theory and philosophy that seeks to straddle aesthetics and the idea of the political. A particular project at present is the intersection between the emotions and politics. Uta has also worked on the role culture plays for citizenship and democracy, both in political thought and in policy developments over the course of European integration. For UCL History, she has taught on the history and theory of European integration.

Uta has published research on culture and citizenship in European integration; the role of cultural practices for public discourses on contested urban sites; and the intersection between performance, philosophy, and politics. In addition, she has contributed to and co-edited several policy reports for the European Commission. She is also a regular commentator in the media, with contributions in Prospect, i newspaper, the New Statesman, Progressive Post, openDemocracy, The Conversation, and appearances on the BBC.

Uta holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, gained with a scholarship from the Gates Cambridge Trust. She was also educated at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Konstanz (Germany). She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Scottish Council on European Relations, a Senior Fellow of the Jean Monnet Centre of European Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. Uta speaks German, English, Spanish, Catalan and French.