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.