Institut d'etudes Européennes
De l'Université libre de Bruxelles

Units and Interdisciplinary Centres

Research in the IEE-ULB is by its nature and by its subject interdisciplinary. It can be either directly supported by the IEE-ULB (as an interdisciplinary research institute) or be carried out in cooperation with research centres and units housed in one of its partner faculties (Philosophy and Social Sciences; Law and Criminology and Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management).

This section brings together all the ULB research centres and units with which the IEE-ULB develops its research agenda.


The CEVIPOL is a research unit of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Université libre de Bruxelles, with a specialisation in political sociology and comparative politics. Its work mainly covers political life, the institutions, the actors, the rules and the resources of democratic systems. The processes of action, mobilization and legitimization are studied by using both qualitative and quantitative methods in a contemporary perspective enlightened by taking into account the long term. The distribution of power between social groups, the recruitment of elites, conflicts of interest, conflicts relating to community memberships or conflicts relating to collective memories, the influence of norms and values are all traditional questions of political science constantly challenged through Cevipol. Find out more about CEVIPOL 


Centre de Theorie Politique – CTP [Centre of Political Theory]

The centre of political theory is made up of philosophers and political scientists and is dedicated to the fundamental research in political theory with particular attention to normative issues raised by the process of European integration. Find out more about the CTP.


Recherche et Enseignement en Politique Internationale – REPI [Research and Teaching in International Politics]

The REPI is a research unit attached to the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences and to the Institut d'Etudes Européennes, whose main activities are dedicated to research and teaching in international politics. It promotes fundamental research activities undertaken in the area of international relations and can also be requested for expertise and advice by national or international institutions. Find out more about the REPI. Find out more about the REPI. 


European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics – ECARES

Inaugurated on 30 November 1991, ECARE was jointly set up by the Institut d'Etudes Européennes of the Université libre de Bruxelles and the CEPR, a network of around 500 researchers in Europe. In autumn 1997, ECARE merged with CEME, itself founded in the 1970s at the ULB, with the aim of promoting international quantitative research in economics at the ULB. Finally, in autumn 1999, the cooperation with the statisticians of the ULB was made official with the merger of the centre and ISRO. ECARE is now called ECARES. These changes strengthened the connections between research in economics, econometrics and statistics whilst maintaining our commitments to excellence and internationalization. One of the missions of ECARES is to encourage high quality research in economics by stressing political problems relating to eastern and western Europe and providing a place for economists from all sectors to meet. Find out more about ECARES. 

Centre de Droit Européen – CDE [Centre of European Law]

The Centre of European Law, headed up by Professor E. Bribosia since 2007, is one of the main centres of excellence in terms of research on European law.
Created in the early 1960s as a ‘legal section of the Institut d'Etudes Européennes’, the CDE confirmed itself, from the early decades of the European integration process, as a place for scientific analysis and high level debate on European law, especially under the leadership of renowned specialists such as Walter Ganshof Vander Meersch, Michel Waelbroeck, Jean-Victor Louis, Georges Vandersanden and Marianne Dony.
In addition, its initial development at the heart of the Institut d'Etudes Européennes has always favoured a multidisciplinary approach and an international approach. Find out more about the CDE

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism - GEM/EUNRAGG

Set up in 1997 in the Institute of Sociology and then established at the Institut d’Etudes Européennes, this interdisciplinary research unit aims above all to do fundamental research on issues related to the theme of Globalisation, the European Union and Multilateralism. Initially focused on the European Union, Neoregionalism and Global Governance (EUNRAGG), the unit is currently developing its research in three main areas: (1) European Union and global governance; (2) European Union and Asia; and (3) The European knowledge economy and global issues. Find out more about GEM / EUNRAGG 


Group for Research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality – GERME

GERME is a group of researchers in social sciences (trained in sociology, anthropology and/or political sciences) studying the processes of inclusion and exclusion in the context of a diversified society marked by social inequalities. Find out more about the GERME 


Centre de Droit Prive [Centre of Private Law]

The Centre de Droit Privé implements joint and individual research activities split into four units: International Private Law Unit, Family Law Unit, Economic Law Unit, Judicial Law Unit. Find out more about the Centre de Droit Prive. 


Migration, Espaces, Institutions, Citoyenneté, Santé – METICES [Migration, Spaces, Institutions, Citizenship, Health]

The different specialities represented within METICES make it possible to tackle social reality from complementary perspectives, both from a conceptual and methodological point of view. The main METICES research themes are as follows: ‘Work, employment, training’; ‘Urban research and contemporary mobility’; ‘Health’; and ‘Citizenship’. Find out more about METICES 


Centre Perelman de Philosophie du Droit - CENTRE PERELMAN [Perelman Centre of the Philosophy of Law]

Resolutely oriented towards practical and international approach, the research of the Centre Perelman stresses observation and comparing the effective implementation of legal norms in the social field, on normative dynamics at work in the context of the evolution and transformations of society as well as on normative innovation through means of legal engineering and engagement on the ground in the context of the defence of causes in the struggle for rights. The methods of analyses give precedence to a microjudicial approach of cases, in a strategic, comparative, interdisciplinary and pluralist perspective. Find out more about the Centre Perelman.

Centre de Recherche Mondes Modernes et Contemporains – MMC [Centre for Research into Modern and Contemporary Worlds]

The Centre de Recherche Mondes Modernes et Contemporains is a special research area for studying modern and contemporary phenomena and societies from the ‘long 19th century’ to the current day. It brings together researchers in history and history of art who want to put their approach into a comparative and transdisciplinary perspective and into a horizon that goes beyond the European framework to cover the territories of colonial and post-colonial worlds. Find out more about the MMC. 


BIGWOOD Center on Consumer Protection

The BIGWOOD Center on Consumer Protection’s mission is to promote joint academic/practitioner research with a focus on technical assistance, training and the advisory activities on the rights of consumers. Its approach to protect consumers is anchored in a perspective combining human rights, the use of collective redress, access to justice and information and communication technologies. Find out more about the BIGWOOD Center. 


Pôle Bernheim Paix & Citoyenneté - Pôle BERNHEIM [Bernheim Peace and Citizenship Division]

The Pôle Bernheim Paix & Citoyenneté is a transdisciplinary research centre set up by the ULB and attached to the REPI to build the themes of peace and citizenship into the teaching, research and services to society of the university. Its creation was financed by the Bernheim Foundation. Find out more about the BERNHEIM division 


Séminaire Monde Arabe Contemporain – SMAC [Contempoary Arab World Seminar]

The Séminaire Monde Arabe Contemporain (SMAC) is a place for theoretical/methodological expression and debate for researchers and students. The aim is to create, on this theme, a platform for debates addressing first students doing theses but also Masters students or anyone showing genuine interest. Supported by the FSP, the seminar is open to all students working on this thematic area. Find out more about the SMAC. 


Pôle Environnement & Société [Environment and Society Division]

The Pôle Environnement & Société of the Pôle Bernheim is a research programme that brings together different research, analysis and conference activities on issues related to the environment, to sustainable development and to adaptations to climate change in the context of the Bernheim Paix & Citoyenneté Chair. Through this the ULB seeks to both set up new competences and teaching offers on studies about peace and security but also to increase the possibilities for international cooperation in these subjects. Find out more about the Environment and Society Division.