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European Institute
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London School of Economics and Political Science
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Email: europeaninstitute@lse.ac.uk  
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 6839

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Obituary to the late Professor Maurice Fraser in The Times

EI Visiting Fellow Anthony Teasdale has written an obituary for the late Professor Maurice Fraser, who was Head of the European Institute until December 2015. Read the piece in full here.
LSE launches Brexit video series featuring EI experts

LSE has launched a 10-week video series featuring expert comment from the School’s academics on a wide range of issues relating to the EU referendum on 23 June.

The first of more than 50 videos in the #LSEBrexitVote series will be rolled out across the School’s social media platforms from Wednesday 13 April, featuring a new clip every week day between now and the referendum.

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European Institute Events

LSE is one of Europe's most influential platforms for addressing issues, trends and policies affecting both the European Union and the wider Europe. The European Institute is proud to host events with distinguished speakers from the worlds of politics, business, media and culture. See our full programme of events here.



Monthly EI Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter, the EI Digest, contains information on our latest news and developments, including new events, publications and media articles by staff.

You are welcome to view our previous issues of the EI Digest
Please subscribe here to the Digest's mailing list to keep up to date with our latest news.


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LSE Commission on the Future of Britain in Europe

The LSE Commission on the Future of Britain in Europe aims to inform the national debate on Britain’s membership of the European Union, with high quality, evidence-based and balanced analysis. The work of the Commission will concentrate on a series of expert hearings convened by LSE academics. The LSE Brexit Vote Blog will distil important findings from each hearing.



LSE 'Europe in Question' Discussion Paper Series

The European Institute launched a new Discussion Paper series, LEQS – the LSE 'Europe in Question' Series – in May 2009, publishing high quality research on Europe and the European Union from scholars across LSE and beyond.

Access the papers here

MSc Programmes

The European Institute has six Masters programmes - one of the broadest offerings on Europe in the world. Within each programme, students study a combination of core and optional courses, with around 75 taught courses to choose from.

We offer the following MSc programmes: MSc EU Politics, MSc European Studies: Ideas, Ideologies and Identities; MSc Political Economy of Europe; MSc European Studies (Research) and LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in European Studies. We also run an MPA in European Public and Economic Policy with the IPA.
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PhD Programmes

The European Institute accepts applications to our doctoral programme MPhil/PhD in European Studies in the areas of our four research themes: Governance and Democracy in the European Union, European Society, Political Economy in Europe and Europe beyond the EU. 
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Executive MSc in the Political Economy of Europe

The Executive Masters degree in the Political Economy of Europe offers working professionals the opportunity to earn an LSE Master’s degree while pursuing a full-time career. 

Del Singh Foundation

The Del Singh Foundation is generously funding a new MSc scholarship at LSE

The Del Singh Foundation Scholarship will cover tuition fees and living costs to support one student in the next academic year (2016/17) on any post-graduate course at the European Institute, with preference given to students from war zones/conflict affected areas.

The Foundation was created in January 2014 following the tragic death of LSE alumnus Del Singh (MSc 2000 European Studies) in Kabul, Afghanistan while working with the British Department of International Development. Del dedicated his life to fighting for human rights across the world and sought justice for those whose voices could not be heard. He channelled his passion into every project he was involved in - from his international development work to supporting local community projects at home.

Dishi Kaur Umfleet, Del’s sister and founder of the Del Singh Foundation, commented: “The Del Singh Foundation Scholarship is in tribute to my brother’s life – to honour Del’s accomplishments while perpetuating his vision of equality of opportunity for all.” 

See details of how to apply here.



The LSE European Institute (EI) was ranked first in Area Studies in the latest national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) exercise.

The EI was also ranked first in its sector in the previous national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008.

An impressive 55 per cent of the Institute’s research and impact was awarded the highest possible (4 star) grade in the REF2014, indicating that it was considered ‘world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour’. A further 30 per cent was deemed ‘internationally excellent’ (3 star). 

The European Institute’s ‘Impact’ case studies were all judged to be 4 star: the highest ranking of any Area Studies submission in the country.

This demonstrates the success of the Institute in producing outstanding research that makes a real difference beyond academia, promoting and informing UK and European evidence-based public debate and policy development.

More information on the Institute’s REF 2014 performance.

More information on the Institute’s Impact Case Studies.



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:



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.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the European Institute was awarded the highest possible (4 star) grade for its ‘Impact’, indicating that we are world-leading.

Read about the European Institute’s wider policy impact.

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Prime Ministers in Greece: The Paradox of Power
Authors: Kevin Featherstone and Dimitris Papadimitriou 



Democratic Politics in a European Union Under Stress

Edited by Olaf Cramme and Sara B. Hobolt





Federalism and Decentralization in European Health & Social Care 



Europe and the Mediterranean Economy

Author: Joan Costa-Font



Economics of Monetary Union

Author: Prof Paul De Grauwe







An Island in Europe: The EU and the Transformation of Cyprus

Editors : James Ker-Lindsay, Hubert Faustmann, Fiona Mullen

"An Island in Europe" traces offers an authoritative and comprehensive account of a critical phase in Cypriot history, from a range of experts in the fields of politics, academia and conflict resolution.



Senza alibi: Perché il capitalismo italiano non cresce piu

Author: Marco Simoni

The book traces the recent economical history of Italy, and provides necessary explanations on why the legal and political reforms of capitalism didn't work. And to trace who is responsible for these choices as well as to propose coherent alternatives


The Last Ottomans

The Last Ottomans: The Muslim Minority of Greece 1940-1949

Authors: Kevin Featherstone, Dimitris Papadimitriou, Argyris Mamarelis and Georgios Niarchos

The Last Ottomans traces a fascinating, untold story and tells it through an inter-disciplinary lens, raising important questions of relevance not only to the 1940s but also to the inherited assumptions and images of today.

LSE Europe in question discussion paper series