The European Institute has been designated a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence by the European Commission in recognition of the Institute's reputation as a facilitator of high-quality research and information on the European Union. The award is associated with a three-year grant from the Commission's Erasmus+ programme aimed at encouraging excellence in teaching and research within the field of EU studies.
The receipt of Centre of Excellence status commits the Institute to an exciting programme of innovative teaching and research for the duration of the award until summer 2019. These new activities and events are organised along five strands:
- Migration in the EU: Exploring the practical and emotional experiences of EU migrants and their host societies.
- Sovereignty: Examining discourses of national and parliamentary sovereignty in Britain and beyond.
- Legitimacy: Exploring EU legitimacy in the context of political philosophy and the study of what makes people accept a polity, law, or action as legitimate.
- LGBTQ migration and asylum: Studying the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer individuals in the context of European migration.
- Democratic fatigue: Revisiting post-communist transitions to examine the reconfiguring of relationships with political power, democracy, and liberalism.