UCL European Institute


Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence 2019-2022

The five ongoing project strands centre on how intensely held beliefs and new ways of doing politics increasingly challenge the status quo in Europe.

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A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence since 2016

We became a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence under the EU’s Erasmus+ Programme in 2016 and renewed this status in 2019. Our two three-year work programmes were organised in thematic strands, enabling projects led by academic colleagues from across UCL.

2019 - 2022
  • Rule of law
  • Left-wing populism
  • Power vertical
  • Scotland and the EU
  • Britain and Europe 2.0
2016 - 2019
  • Migration
  • Challenging Europe
  • Legitimacy
  • Sovereignty

Current programme: 2019 - 2022

Challenges to the rule of law in Poland, Hungary, and beyond.

Can left-wing populism be popular? 

Exploring illiberalism in Europe and lessons from Russia’s authoritarianism.


Lessons for and from Scotland, on how small states and EU regions network and influence in key EU policy areas.

Exploring the UK’s contested future relationship to Europe.



Past programme: 2016 - 2019 

Our cluster around the politics and experience of migration within and to the EU.

A hands-on summer school exploring Europe's cultural and liguistic diversity through film, ethnography, and writing.

This strand looked at EU legitimacy and its crises, in the context of challenges to political legitimacy overall.  


Our strand on appeals to national and parliamentary sovereignty, in the contexts of Brexit as well as Catalunya.

This strand investigated LGBTQ Migration and Asylum in Europe, and the challenges facing migrants from this community.

We commissioned three new guides: LGBTQ and TV News in Eastern Europe, and Migration from Eastern Europe to the UK.