EUqualis - IEE Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

EUqualis - Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

A project centred on (in)equality and the EU

A new, interdisciplinary project

Starting April 2022, and for three years, the Institut d’études européennes of the Université libre de Bruxelles hosts the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence EUqualis, focused on the overarching topic of (in)equality and the European Union.

Directly involving a dozen academics and researchers affiliated with the Institute, EUqualis aims to investigate how the EU deals with the problem of inequality among individuals, territories and states. Conceived using a bottom-up, interdisciplinary approach, EUqualis builds on the success of the previous IEE Centre of Excellence dedicated to ‘European Solidarity’ (2016-2019).

Teaching, research and public debate

EUqualis will gather a substantial share of the academics and researchers affiliated with IEE around a shared teaching, training, and research agenda in European integration with a focus on ‘Inequality and the EU’.

By unpacking the challenges relating to various forms of inequality in direct connection with EU actions, EUqualis will simultaneously address a set of scientific, pedagogical, and societal needs. 

Rooted in its focus on the politics, legislation, and case-law affecting equality across a range of policy areas involving the EU, EUqualis will both produce and facilitate access to innovative research in EU Studies. 

The Centre’s three-year work plan will enable the ULB Institut d’études européennes to further to stand out as one of the main competence and knowledge on the EU around the world by making a significant contribution to this crucial research agenda. 



Ideas conference

The Interdisciplinary conference on European Advanced Studies (IDEAS)

The Institute for European Studies of the ULB relaunched its biennial conference under the new title: Interdisciplinary conference on European Advanced Studies (IDEAS). The three-day scientific event organised by the Institut d’études européennes of the Université libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB) in collaboration with the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB) and the Politics and International Studies Department at the University of Warwick (PaIS-UoW). It  took place in Brussels from May 11 to 13, 2022 under the theme (Dis)Integration from an (in)equality perspective.

More about the IDEAS conference.


Ideas conference

The IDEAS-ELJ best paper award to be launched in the context of EUqualis

The IEE will launch, for the IDEAS conference, a best paper award in collaboration with the prestigious European Law Journal. EJL stands for the advancement of research on European integration through law in its multifaceted context, be it political, economic, historical, philosophical, social or cultural. This interdisciplinary approach is in line with the Intitute’s work. For the relaunch of the IDEAS conference, in May 2022, only one participant will be awarded with a publication in ELJ and a yearly subscription to the journal. Confirmed speakers to the conference will be invited to submit their papers. 

More about the ELJ.

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Keynote by Prof. Olivier de Schutter

UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and UCLouvain Professor Olivier de Schutter inaugurated the IDEAS Conference, dedicated this 2022 to the topic of (Dis)Integration from an (in)equality perspective with the keynote speach Combating horizontal and vertical inequalities in the EU: the role of non-discrimination in a market integration perspective. The presentation assessed how the fight against discrimination relates to the establishment of an internal market, which is at the core of the European integration project. 

Watch the keynote


Policy panel in coordination with FEPS

A policy panel was co-hosted with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) on the second day of the IDEAS conference. The topic of the discussion is Policy measures for a just transition: Ideas for designing a structural transformation to reduce inequalities. 

This policy panel brought together policymakers, researchers and civil society actors to debate about inequality reducing climate policies at multiple levels of governance and integrate perspectives from policymakers, academics and civil society.

Highlights & video

This webpage has been produced with the support of the EUqualis
A Jean Monnet Center of Excellence (n°10104782)
at the Institut d’études européennes – Université libre de Bruxelles

EUqualis in brief

Interdisciplinarity and outreach

Answer picto

Teaching in EU Studies

EUqualis will produce new research infused teaching materials on ‘Inequality and the EU’ in different formats.

Collective research

Euqualis will support and launch collective research activities about inequality and the EU.

Innovative communication

EUqualis will create multiplatform content and develop outreach initiatives on and offline.

EUqualis in numbers

An interdisciplinary project that reaches out beyond the academic community.

300 Thousand euros cofinanced by the EU in the context of Erasmus +
12 IEE-ULB Academics directly involved in the CEJM project
10 Topics to unpack the overarching theme inequality and the EU

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