UCL European Institute


Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence 2019-2022

The five 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.

2016 - 2019

  • Migration
  • Challenging Europe
  • Legitimacy
  • Sovereignty

2019 - 2022

  • Rule of law
  • Left-wing populism
  • Power vertical
  • Scotland and the EU
  • Britain and Europe 2.0


Rule of law


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

Left-wing populism


Can left-wing populism be popular? 

Power vertical


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

Scotland and the EU


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

Britain and Europe 2.0


Exploring the UK’s contested future relationship to Europe.

The previous programme


Here is our programme 2016-2019.