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Our Impact and Public Engagement


The Department of European and International Studies has a thriving and policy-relevant research culture. Our faculty members advise governments, serve on commissions and public bodies and support national and international organisations engaged in the world of public affairs. Much of our work has a public policy dimension and members of the department regularly appear in the media and hold conversations with the domestic and international policy-making community.

Latest impact news

  • A major new project launched by academic, Dr Christopher Holmes, aims to give citizens a say on the big economic issues affecting the UK. In October 2023 he presented the final report alongside Paul Johnson, Director of IFS.
  • Professor Simona Talani invited European Central Bank Vice President Luis de Guindos to a workshop held by the Centre of Italian Politics at EIS in July 2023. The event and Mr de Guindos’s remarks were covered by the FTBloomberg and Reuters.
  • Dr Ben Jones gave evidence on European defence co-operation at a policy workshop in February 2023 for the Alliance of Liberal & Democrats for Europe Party in Brussels. He spoke alongside former NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen and officials from NATO and the European External Action Service.
  • Dr Mareike Beck led a cast of acrobats and performers for a special show, Home: The Intimacy of Debt and Inequality, which she produced in support of a research project which examines housing, household debt and the concept of asset-based inequality.
  • Dr Mark Langan was invited to meet with Georges Nzongola Ntalaja of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, to discuss the issues in engagement between the EU and counterparts across Africa as well as his research in the area.
  • Dr John Narayan, senior lecturer with the department, was invited to succeed Colin Prescod as the chair of the Institute of Race Relations.
  • Professor Ramon Pacheco Pardo was announced as a new member of the Elcano Royal Institute’s Scientific Council. The institute ranks as Spain’s top think tank and seeks to contribute to innovative and informed responses to global challenges through its research.
  • A podcast series hosted by Dr Alex Clarkson and Dr Russell Foster asks whether Britain is headed for breakup. Guests have included econoist and entrepreneur John Mills, journalists Alex Massie and Oz Katerji, and academic Glen O'Hara. Listen here
  • Dr Charis Boutieri, senior lecturer in social anthropology, is part of a team of academics working on a new project that will examine and seek to understand how coexistence is practised in society.
  • Professor Christoph Meyer was part of a team which carried out an in-depth analysis into the creation of a ‘European Rapid Deployment Capacity’ (RDC) for the European Parliament’s security and defence sub-committee.

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