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Our themes, projects & research centres 

The European Institute is a world-leading centre for multidisciplinary research on Europe. We are ranked first in Area Studies (including European Studies) in the latest national Research Excellence Framework. 


Alongside academic excellence, the European Institute strives to produce research that makes a difference beyond academia, promoting and informing UK and European evidence-based public debate and policy development. 

Our research themes

Research in the European Institute is focused around four interdisciplinary research themes and our doctoral community, which is one of the largest in European Studies in the world, spans all four research areas: 

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Political Economy in Europe

Research in Political Economy in Europe concentrates on the interaction between political and economic processes in Europe. We study these interactions in different areas.

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Governance and Democracy in the European Union

Governance in the European Union is continuously in flux: powers are transferred from member states to EU institutions while traditional assumptions about the nature and scope of European integration are subjected to a greater degree of scrutiny and public criticism than at any time in its history.

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European Society

Recent speeches by some of Europe’s political leaders have called into question the merits of multiculturalism as a response to Europe’s increasingly diverse societies.



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Europe beyond the EU

Europe has an impact beyond its borders, not only through its ‘normative power’ and formative conditionality but also through its policies and economic weight.


Our research centres

Hellenic Observatory 

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Internationally recognised as one of the premier research centres on contemporary Greece and Cyprus.

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LSEE - Research on South Eastern Europe


A research unit bringing together further developing the School's expertise on South Eastern Europe. 

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Contemporary Turkish Studies

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The Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies focuses on culture, religion, politics, and memory in Turkey and among Turkey's diasporic populations.

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Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies


The Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies is the focus of a flourishing interest in contemporary Spain in Britain.

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Research projects


Justice Interactions and Peacebuilding: JUSTINT

Focused on the four former Yugoslav countries: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Croatia. - The JUSTINT project provides a novel way of analysing how post-conflict justice practices advance or hinder peace-building by studying the interactive and dynamic aspects of discourse.

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LEQS Discussion Paper Series 

Launched in 2009, this series publishes high quality research on Europe and the European Union from scholars across LSE and beyond.

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Dahrendorf Forum

The Dahrendorf Forum is a joint initiative between LSE and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, funded by Stiftung Mercator and honouring the legacy of former LSE Director Lord Ralf Dahrendorf.

The current research cycle, running from September 2017 to August 2019, is entitled The Future of Europe: Strategic Options for an Era of Uncertainties.

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow at the European Institute, is Academic Director of the Dahrendorf Forum at LSE. He and Professor Kevin Featherstone, Head of the European Institute, co-chair the Working Group 'The Future Of European Governance'.


For more information on the Daherendorf Forum, visit their dedicated webpage on the LSE Ideas website


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LSE Commission on the Future of Britain 

The Commission aimed to inform the national debate on Britain’s membership of the European Union, with high quality, evidence-based and balanced analysis

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