Europe and European Studies


The sociology of Europe may be an evolving and diverging field. Typically a perceptive and important topic that identifies and characterizes contemporary problems and locks in with key social hypothetical points of view, offering an informed analysis of European society.

Server of the European Union

EU Institutions: Who does what?

  • Court of Justice of the European Union (CURIA)
    The Court of Justice of the European Union reviews the legality of the acts of the institutions of the European Union, ensures that the Member States comply with obligations under the Treaties, and interprets European Union law at the request of the national courts and tribunals. The Court constitutes the judicial authority of the European Union and, in cooperation with the courts and tribunals of the Member States, it ensures the uniform application and interpretation of European Union law.
  • European Central Bank (ECB)
    The ECB is the central bank for Europe’s single currency, the euro. Its main task is to maintain the euro’s purchasing power and price stability in the euro area. The euro area comprises the 19 European Union countries that have introduced the euro since 1999. See for a brief history about the economic and monetary union and the adoption of the single currency: The History of the European Central Bank [7:33].
  • European Commission (EC)
    The European Commission represents the general interest of the EU and is the driving force in proposing legislation (to Parliament and the Council), administering and implementing EU policies, enforcing EU law (jointly with the Court of Justice) and negotiating in the international arena. The Commission is divided into several departments and services. The departments are known as Directorate-Generals (DGs).
  • European Council 
    The European Council is the EU institution that defines the general political direction and priorities of the European Union. It consists of the heads of state or government of the member states, together with its President and the President of the Commission. The European Council has no formal legislative power, it is a strategic and crisis-solving body that provides the union with general political directions and priorities, and acts as a collective presidency.
  • European Parliament (EP) 
    The European Parliament (EP) is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU). Together with the Council of the European Union (the Council) and the European Commission, it exercises the legislative function of the EU. The Parliament acts as a co-legislator, sharing with the Council the power to adopt and amend legislative proposals and to decide on the EU budget. It also supervises the work of the Commission and other EU bodies and cooperates with national parliaments of EU countries to get their input.
  • European University Institute (EUI) - Florence, Italy 
    An international postgraduate and post-doctoral teaching and research institute established by European Union member states to contribute to cultural and scientific development in the social sciences, in a European perspective.
  • Eurostat - Luxembourg 
    Statistical Office of the European Communities provides statistical information to the institutions of the European Union and to promote the harmonisation of statistical methods across its member states and candidates for accession as well as EFTA countries.
  • How the European Union Works - Your Guide to the EU institutions
    How are decisions taken at EU level and who takes those decisions? At the heart of this decision-making process are the EU institutions — such as the Parliament, the Council and the European Commission. It explains how EU legislation is made. It then gives further insight into each of the EU institutions, as well as the agencies and bodies supporting them.
  • Members of the European Parliament
  • Western European Union (WEU)
    The defense arm of the EU. A forum for consultation on matters relating to European security policy, working closely alongside NATO and the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe). It provides general information about the role of the WEA, documents which established its purpose during the 1950s, Communiques from the organization from 1984 onwards and press releases from 1989 onwards.

Enterprise Network

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)
The Network offers support and advice to businesses across Europe and helps them make the most of the opportunities in the European Union. Our services are specifically designed for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) but are also available to all businesses, research centres and Universities across Europe. The Enterprise Europe Network is made up of close to 600 partner organisations in more than 50 countries, promoting competitiveness and innovation at the local level in Europe and beyond.

The network is present in the following countries and sector groups:

EU Countries Non-EU Countries Sector Groups
Czech Republic
United Kingdom
Bosnia & Herzegovia
New Zealand
South Korea
Aeronautics and Space
Automotive, Transport & Logistics
Creative industries
ICT Industry and Services
Intelligent Energy
Maritime Industry and Services
Nano- and Microtechnologies
Services and Retail
Sustainable Construction
Textile & Fashion 
Tourism and Cultural Heritage
Woman Entrepreneurship


European Studies and Resources

  • AEGEE - Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe / European Students’ Forum 
    One of Europe’s biggest interdisciplinary student organisations, striving for a democratic, diverse and borderless Europe. As a non-governmental, politically independent, and non-profit organisation AEGEE is open to students and young people from all faculties and disciplines. The office of AEGEE is located in Brussels, Belgium.
  • ARENA Centre for European Studies - University of Oslo, Norway
    Advanced research on the Europeanisation of the nation-state. Arena is a research program on the changes in Europe with a primary focus on the role of the nation-state. The main goal is to strengthen the research on European matters by building coordinated academic networks across different research approaches. The research within ARENA seeks to describe, analyze and evaluate the change process in Europe. It’s a programme under the auspices of The Research Council of Norway and is organized with a coordinating unit, SentralARENA at The University of Oslo.
  • Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies - Free University, Berlin, Germany
    Promotes a new generation of young North American scholars with specialized knowledge of modern and contemporary Germany and Europe. The program supports scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on the period since the mid-18th century. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research as well as postdoctoral research which leads to completion of a monograph.
  • Centre for European Economic Research / Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW) - Mannheim, Germany
    A non-profit and independent institute founded in 1990 on the basis of a public-private initiative in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg in co-operation with the University of Mannheim, ZEW is one of Germany’s leading economic research institutes, and enjoys a strong reputation throughout Europe. The institute addresses on decision-makers in politics, business, and administration, scientists in the national and international arena as well as the interested public. Frequent surveys on the situation on the financial markets and the business situation of the information economy as well as the large-scale annual study on innovation activities in the German economy are representative for the different types of information provided by ZEW.
  • Centre for European Governance (CEG) - University of Exeter, UK
    CEG has a collaborative and research-led approach to studying European Governance and is internationally renowned for interdisciplinary research and post-graduate specialised training. It promotes inter-disciplinary research on the European Union and Europeanization processes and provides specialist training in the areas of EU politics, constitutional theory, history of ideas, regulatory governance, public opinion, constitutional politics, and the political economy of European integration.
  • Center for European Studies (CES) - Maastricht University, Netherlands 
    CES offers a variety of semester and summer programmes focusing on the economic, political, and socio-cultural aspects of Europe and European integration.
  • Centre for European Studies / Zentrum für Europäische Studien (ZES) - University of Trier, Germany
    ZES implements, encourages and supports interdisciplinary research and teaching with a European reference.
  • Centre for European Union Studies (CES) - University of Hull, UK
    Research of the CES is dedicated to the study of European Union (EU) governance and politics.
  • Center for Russian, East European & Euroasian European Studies (CREES) - University of Michigan, USA
  • College of Europe - Bruges, Belgium
    The world’s first university institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs, with the main campus in Bruges, Belgium.
  • Dublin European Institute (DEI) - University College Dublin, Ireland
    DEI supports scholarly research and debate on the sources, processes and implications of European integration and governance.
  • EuroMasters - University of Bath, UK 
    Euromasters prepares students for careers in business, administration, diplomacy, policy formulation and research. The program focuses on the comparative analysis of European polity, politics and policy. It is operated by the European American University Consortium (EAUC).
  • Europa-Institut - University of Saarland, Germany
    A large European business directory, searchably by company name or by product/service. Available in many languages.
  • European Institute - London School of Economics, UK 
    A dedicated centre for the interdisciplinary study of processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. Research is focused around four interdisciplinary research themes: Governance and Democracy in the European Union; Political Economy in Europe; European Society; Europe beyond the EU.
  • European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)  - Maastricht, Netherlands
    An independent training institute focussing on all aspects of European Integration. EIPA organizes seminars and conferences on current aspects of the EU.
  • European Journalism Centre (EJC) - Maastricht, Netherlands  - Maastricht, Netherlands
    An independent, international, non-profit foundation dedicated to the highest standards in journalism, through the further training of journalists and media professionals. Building on its extensive international network, the EJC operates as a facilitator and partner in a wide variety of journalism related projects.
  • European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) - Copenhagen, Denmark
    ELSA is an independent, non-political, non-profit organisation of law students and young lawyers. It has a consultative status with UNESCO.
  • European Patent Office (EPO) - Vienna, Austria 
    The executive body of the European Patent Organisation (EPOg). The examiners of EPO are in charge of studying European patent applications, filed by applicants, in order to decide whether to grant a patent for an invention.
  • European Science Foundation (ESF)  - Strassbourg, France
    ESF is an association of 72 member organizations devoted to scientific research in 30 European countries. It is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organisation that facilitates cooperation and collaboration in European research and development, European science policy and science strategy. ESF is committed to achieving the highest quality science in Europe to drive progress in research and innovation.
  • European Studies Center (ESC)  - University of Pittsburgh, USA 
    Interdisciplinary guide to internet resources for West European Studies in the social sciences and a few related disciplines. Primary focus is on Europe since 1945.
  • EU-Guide - Inetmedia.nu
    Links to European countries & the EU.
  • Federation of International Employers (FedEE Global) 
    The Federation of International Employers (formerly The Federation of European Employers) was established in 1989 with the support of the European Commission. FedEE assists companies to achieve legal compliance, operate more effectively at an international level, improve transnational HR capabilities, network with other international executives, develop practical/equitable pay structures, evaluate new employment methods and trends, monitor employee participation and trade union activities and embrace workforce diversity.
  • Forschungsgruppe Europa (FGE) - University of Munich, Germany
    FGE basically works in all fields of domestic and foreign policy. It focuses on the development of strategic concepts for the future of Europe, structural reform and policy development of the European Union as well as the transformation research.
  • Forschungszentrum Europa (FZE)  - University of Trier, Germany
    The FZE bundles research projects that deal with the theme of Europe - employ structures long duration and present problems. It supports research initiatives and research groups in carrying out their scientific projects and is an interdisciplinary platform for the development of new research projects.
  • Historical Archives of the European Communities
    History, access, and holdings of the archives, located in Florence, Italy.
  • Institute of International & European Affairs (IIEA) - Dublin, Ireland
    A policy research think-tank and forum that provides members with early warning of EU policy developments and in-depth analysis of their implications for Ireland and Europe and flag key policy issues that shape the business environment.
  • Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) - University of Mannheim, Germany
    An interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Mannheim that is devoted to research on societal and political developments in Europe.
  • Student organisations
    Information on European and International Students Organisations, provided by AEGEE (Forum of European Students).
  • Women in Decision-Making
    A European Network of experts working for the European Commission. They carry out research and develop actions on how to reach a balanced participation of women and men in decision-making. The site contains a database where you can start your query on statistical or individual data on women in decision-making posities.

Research and Development

  • Subjects of European Union Research Programmes
    A CORDIS service which informs on European Union research programmes and activities. If you can’t find here what your are looking for, try one of the other Databases and Webservices of CORDIS.
  • ESPRIT - Networks of Excellence Information Service
  • Eurostars Programma - Research Council of Norway
    A joint programme between the EUREKA network and the European Commission that is specifically targeted towards research-intensive SMEs. The programme provides support for SMEs conducting R&D; to develop new products, processes or services.
  • Joint Research Centre (JRC) - Science Hub
    Provides customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies. JRC functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the Union. The JRC has a unique combination of facilities and expertise transcending national boundaries. Moreover, through its networks it stimulates collaborative research and broadens its knowledge.
  • KoWi - Kooperationsstelle EU der Wissenschatsorganisationen
    EU liaison office of German scientific research organization DFG in Bonn.


Mailing Lists

  • centrifugal-eu
    The list caters primarily the communication needs of the collaborative research network Centrifugal Europe: State, Sovereignty and the future of European integration, wider community of scholars of European Studies and scholars working on aspects of societal, national and European integration processes across the EU member-states. The mailing list facilitates exchange, communicate news and updates of research activities of the network.
  • euro-econ
    A network of European academic economic researchers funded by the EU to investigate the micro-economic roots of the macro-economic problems of growth, unemployment and inequality. Emphasis is placed on the quantitative analysis of innovation data amonst companies, establishments and workers.
  • european-group-criminology
    European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control.
  • european-social-policy
    Intended to facilitate interchange on issues of social policy in Europe, including the European Union. The list has been set up by the European Social Policy network, which resulted from discussions at the European Sociociological Associoation conference in September 1997.
  • european-sociologist
    Newsletter of the European Sociological Association (ESA
  • euroresearch
    A list for all those interested in researching Europe and European Union affairs.


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