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Research and Impact

The European Institute is a world-leading centre for multidisciplinary research on Europe. It was ranked first in Area Studies (including European Studies) in the latest national Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 as well as in the previous national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) of 2008.

Further information on the Institute's REF 2014 performance can be found here|

The Institute brings together diverse disciplinary perspectives to study European integration and disintegration, drawing on politics, law, economics, international relations, anthropology, geography, philosophy and social policy. 

Research Themes 

Research in the European Institute is focused around the four interdisciplinary research themes of Governance and Democracy in the European UnionEuropean SocietyPolitical Economy in Europe and Europe beyond the EU. Its doctoral community, which is one of the largest in European Studies in the world, spans all four research areas. 


Alongside academic excellence, however, the Institute strives to produce research that makes a real difference beyond academia, including through its use to promote and inform UK and European evidence-based public debate and policy development.

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

Examples of the European Institute’s wider policy impact can be found here|

Research Centres and Projects

The Institute has a number of research centres which cut across these themes. For example, the Hellenic Observatory| looks at the politics, economics, sociology and institutions of contemporary Greece. LSEE- Research on South East Europe|carries out high quality, independent research and facilitates public dialogue and dissemination of information on South East Europe.