Welcome to the UCL European Institute, UCL's hub for research, collaboration and information on Europe and the European Union.
UCL European Institute
The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014
Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell
an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or
make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014
Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
As a closer look at the European
Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be
non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the
long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...
Starts: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Research on Europe at UCL
The latest (2008) Research Assessment
Exercise rated UCL as the best research university in London, and
third in the UK overall, for the number of its submissions which were
considered of ‘world-leading quality’. Over
250 academic UCL staff are engaged in research and scholarship on
European and EU related subjects across faculties, disciplines and
methodologies: from economics and political science to law; from
language, culture and history to health; from climate change and the
history of science to the built environment. Some of the key schools involved
in the research on Europe and the European Union, such as UCL’s School
of Slavonic and East European Studies, the School of Public Policy or
the Faculty of Laws, are recognised as among the leading centres for
research and teaching in their field world-wide.
Much of this research is carried out in cooperation with other European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) – over 2800 such research collaborations with over 330 HEIs, public organisations and commercial enterprises from 34 European countries have been established under the current European Framework Programmes FP7 and the previous FP6 alone.
UCL is also dedicated to enhancing the academic, public and policy impact of its scholarship. UCL’s research strategy has identified four ‘Grand Challenges’ to address complex contemporary problems by bringing together different kinds of expertise and methodologies. The European Institute forms a part of this investment.
UCL is among others a member of the Russell Group, the European University Association, and the League of European Research Universities.