The research activities carried out within the IEE-ULB or promoted by the latter are based on a broad and cohesive definition of the intellectual perimeter of European studies: it is about combining, within the same projects, the traditional study of policies, institutions and socio-cultural foundations of the EU (which have historically made the Institute’s reputation) and the global dimension of European integration (global studies and comparative regionalism).
Underlying intellectual approach
Rather than supporting an artificial separation between the internal and external dimension of European integration, the intellectual approach underlying the research agenda promoted by the IEE-ULB aims to integrate, in a horizontal manner, the internal and global dimensions in all the main thematic areas of research.
That implies being interested both in the external dimension of the EU’s social or competition policies as well as the role of European norms and values in the EU’s capacity to act as a global actor and to influence the process of integration in other regions of the world or the political and institutional features of the ‘Brussels policy factory’ of the EU’s Security and Defence Policy.
Four crosscutting areas of research
Without constituting an exclusive list of research done in the IEE-ULB, four crosscutting areas of research are at the centre of the IEE-ULB’s research agenda:
Area 1 – Europe as an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice – Find out more
Area 2 – Europe as an Area of Economic and Social Regulation – Find out more
Area 3 – Europe as a Community of Norms and Values – Find out more
Area 4 – Europe in the World – Find out more