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 consultation with the Institute’s Academic Director, currently Prof Piet Eeckhout (UCL Laws), Uta leads on the strategic development of the Institute, and designs and oversees its portfolio of activities. She has also been actively involved in driving UCL’s policy engagement on EU and European matters, including relationships with key stakeholders.

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. In this role she contributes to UCL's institutional strategy on Brexit, while also co-convening the university's steering group on the research-based response to Brexit.

Uta's research interests are broadly in modern European thought, culture, and politics. She is especially 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 on the intersection between the emotions and politics. Uta has also worked on the role culture plays for citizenship and democracy, be it in political thought, in urban/architectural practices, or in policy developments over the course of European integration. Most recently, she has co-edited and written a chapter for a book on Brexit and the Futures of Europe. For UCL History, she has taught on the history and theory of European integration.

Uta is a member of the EU Advisory Board of the Russell Group and 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 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), as well as at the Universitat de Girona during a stint working for the Barcelona-based think tank Interarts.

A regular commentator in the media - online, print or broadcast - Uta speaks German, English, Spanish, Catalan and French.