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Dr Uta Staiger
  • Deputy Director
  • SHS Faculty Office
  • Faculty of S&HS
Uta Staiger has been heading the UCL European Institute since 2010. Her role includes leading on the strategic development of the Institute; designing and overseeing its portfolio of activities; creating opportunities and resources for UCL's research base specialising on Europe; driving UCL’s public and policy engagement on EU and European matters, including relationships with key stakeholders; and contributing to UCL’s research strategy on Europe.

Uta holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, gained with a scholarship from the Gates Cambridge Trust, as well as an MPhil from the same institution. She was also educated at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Konstanz (Germany). She speaks German, English, Spanish, Catalan and (some) French. In 2012, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
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Research Summary
Her main research interests, spanning 20th century European thought, history and EU politics, are broadly in the relationship between culture and politics. She is interested in modern European, particularly mid-20th-century German thought that seeks to straddle aesthetics and the idea of the political. A particular project at present is the intersection between the emotions and politics. Uta has also worked on the role culture plays for citizenship and democracy, both in political thought and in policy developments over the course of European integration.

Uta has published research on the conjunction of culture and citizenship in European policy discourse, and the role of cultural practices for public discourses on contested urban sites. In addition, she has contributed to and co-edited several policy reports for the European Commission. She is also a regular commentator in the media, with contributions in Prospect Magazine, i newspaper, the New Statesman, Progressive Post, openDemocracy, The Conversation, and appearances on the BBC.
Teaching Summary

For the UCL Department of History, Uta designed and delivered a two-part MA module on the History and Theory of European Integration. She also gives occasional lectures on other programmes at UCL (BA European Culture, MA Global Migration).

Academic Background
2009 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Literary Studies University of Cambridge
2002 M.Phil Master of Philosophy – European Culture University of Cambridge
2001 MA Master of Arts (Hons) – English Literature University of Edinburgh
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