The LSE European Institute was established in 1991 as a dedicated centre for the interdisciplinary study of processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector. Its disciplinary range is unrivalled: it currently has 25 permanent academic members of staff and 22 distinguished visiting scholars drawn from the fields of politics, economics, geography, history, political economy, law, philosophy, sociology and international relations. The LSE European Institute has been a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence since 2009.
It prioritises four themes in its work:
• Governance and Democracy in the European Union
• Political Economy in Europe
• European Society
• Europe beyond the EU
The Institute has, in addition, several specialist research centres: the Hellenic Observatory, LSEE – Research on South East Europe, the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies, the Catalan Observatory, Contemporary Turkish Studies and the Forum for European Philosophy.
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 around 160 Masters students and 25 doctoral students from all regions of the globe.
The Institute is outward looking: it has a number of international partners, including Sciences Po (Paris) with whom it has a Double Masters programme, and it has strong links with other LSE departments, notably with the Government and International Relations departments.
A hallmark of the Institute is its strong public profile, making LSE one of the leading platforms in the European Union for informed public discussion about the identity of Europe and the many policy challenges confronting the EU and its member states.
The Institute hosts over 100 events a year, with an outstanding cast list of high-level speakers from politics, public administration and the EU institutions, including presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers, finance ministers, along with distinguished scholars and influential commentators.
The LSE European Institute also maintains a very high media profile both through social media (Facebook and Twitter) and its monthly newsletter, the ‘EI Digest’.