The European Institute (EI) was created in 1991 to be a primary focus for the inter-disciplinary study of processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. Its disciplinary range is unrivalled. It currently has 25 academic members of staff drawn from the fields of politics, economics, geography, history, political economy, law, philosophy, and international relations.
It has prioritised four themes in its work that it considers cutting-edge and important, and which could not be fully studied within a Department with a single disciplinary process:
The Institute offers seven Masters programmes and an extensive doctoral programme. It currently has one of the largest cohorts of European studies students anywhere in the world with over 200 Masters students and 40 doctoral students from around the world.
The Institute is outward looking. It has strong links with other LSE departments, most notably the Government and International Relations Departments. It has also developed a number of collaborative links with international partners, most notably Sciences Po with whom it has a joint degree.
The EI is a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.
The final hallmark of the Institute is a strong public profile, making the LSE one of the leading platforms in the European Union for informed public discussion about the history and identity of Europe, and the policy challenges confronting the EU and its member states. The Institute hosts over 50 events a year, with an outstanding cast list of high-level speakers from politics, public administration, academia and the media, including presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers, finance ministers, EU commissioners, and heads of European agencies and the EU institutions, along with distinguished scholars and influential commentators.