UCL European Institute


Dr Uta Staiger

Uta Staiger


Executive Director   

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Uta Staiger is Associate Professor of European Studies, Executive Director of the UCL European Institute, and Pro-Vice-Provost (Europe). She has directed the UCL European Institute since 2010, creating opportunities for research and teaching on Europe across the disciplines, developing partnerships with external stakeholders, engaging policy-makers and new publics. As UCL's Pro-Vice-Provost (Europe), she also plays a strategic role shaping UCL's engagement with European research and higher education, as well as Brexit mitigation planning, and acts as ambassador for UCL's work on the continent.

With research interests at the intersection of modern European thought, culture, and politics, Uta teaches on the Comparative Literature Programmes in UCL’s School of European Languages, Culture and Society and the MSc in European Politics and Policy, offered by UCL Political Science; she also does some tutorial teaching for UCL Laws. Current research includes work on crisis, stasis and decisionism; Hannah Arendt and virtuosity; mourning and the law in contemporary philosophy; and cultures of international negotiation. Recent publications include ‘Negotiating Brexit: The Cultural Sources of British Hard Bargaining’, with B. Martill, Journal of Common Market Studies (May 2020), and ‘The Heart of the Matter: Emotional politics in the new Europe’, for the open-access volume she co-edited with B. Martill, Brexit and Beyond: Rethinking the Futures of Europe (UCL Press, 2018)

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 with the Centre for Britain and Europe at the University of Surrey, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, gained with a scholarship from the Gates Cambridge Trust. She was also educated at the Universities of Edinburgh and 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, Uta speaks German, English, Spanish, Catalan and French.