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The Centre at a Glance


Our research disentangles the web of challenges and opportunities for Europe and the world, and contributes to understanding patterns of continuity, change and transformation within the European Union, its members, and globally

Brigid Laffan,
Director, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced  Studies (RSCAS)


The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) is an inter-disciplinary research centre at the heart of the European University Institute (EUI).

It was established in 1992 to complement the four disciplinary departments that make up the European University Institute (EUI) with the vocation of being involved in both basic and policy research, collaborating with other centres of excellence in Europe, providing opportunities for young scholars and promoting dialogue with the world of practice.

Over time these goals have progressively focused into a number of core areas such as the institutions, governance and democracy of the European Union, migration studies, economic and monetary policy, competition and market regulation, energy policy and so on.

The Centre was originally financed via the EUI budget but over time it has been successful in obtaining external funds. Among the external funds, large projects financed by the EU remain predominant, but the proportion of private donors – firms and foundations – has been steadily increasing.

The ‘Schuman community’ today consists of Schuman chairs, joint chairs, part-time professors, post-doctoral fellows, visiting fellows, research fellows and assistants, project managers and administrators. Its staffing level ranges from 140 to 180 depending on the needs of its programmes and projects.

The Centre takes its name from Robert Schuman, one of founding fathers of the European Communities.



The Centre’s mission is to “contribute to research on the major issues facing contemporary European society, including questions associated with the construction of Europe. Its activities shall be based on the findings of basic research in the human and social sciences, in particular in the disciplines represented at the Institute. It shall favour comparative and interdisciplinary activities.”

The current research agenda of the Centre focuses on three core themes:

  • Integration, Governance and Democracy
  • Regulating markets and governing money
  • 21st Century world politics and Europe

Page last updated on 12 October 2016