European Institute Annual Review 2022-23
4 January 2024
Explore the European Institute's activities and achievements in the 2022-23 academic year.
Thirteen years after it was established, the European Institute has grown into UCL's hub for research, education and engagement on Europe. We are proud to advise UCL senior leadership on all things European; to deliver innovative practice-led teaching on Europe and the EU to undergraduate and postgraduate students; to foster a cross-disciplinary research environment where work on Europe can flourish; and to enhance the reach of UCL ideas and expertise, through policy, public and student engagement.
Highlights from last year included helping to showcase cutting-edge research at UCL by hosting a UK-France Joint Diplomatic Training session for the FCDO; delivering a series of student masterclasses which brought 37 practitioners to UCL to enrich teaching on Europe; co-editing a book on the Architecture of Politics in Europe; and co-leading a Commission on Policy Engagement by Area Experts at UCL.
We would like to thank our colleagues and collaborators, across the university and beyond, for their support and the critical role they play in the European Institute’s success.
“The dynamism of the European Institute is astonishing, from policy partnerships and the rule of law to Youth Summits and European Literary London. It focuses and magnifies the value of UCL’s European work by bringing diverse and lively people together, both internally and across our continent.
Lord Anderson of Ipswich KC KBE & Chair of European Institute Advisory Board
UCL is a leading European university, and Europe remains critically important for our success. The European Institute is a central hub for this activity in research, innovation and education.
As we have navigated war in Europe, Horizon accession and the many effects of Brexit, the Institute has played a vital role in cultivating relationships, initiating new collaborations and convening discussions at the highest levels.
Professor Geraint Rees, Vice-Provost Research, Innovation and Global Engagement, UCL
With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Europe is facing a brutal war on its doorstep and crises relating to refugees, energy costs, security concerns and more. Unity, dialogue, knowledge, and effective policy are
more important than ever. The UCL European Institute drives conversations around these topics inside and well beyond the university, reminding us of Europe’s role, its responsibilities, and the huge potential for change that comes in the process of tackling unprecedented challenges. For me, the space it provides to hear from colleagues and guests across a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds has always been enlightening; today it is indispensable.
Dr Uilleam Blacker, Associate Professor in Ukrainian and East European Culture, UCL SSEES