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Dr Uta Staiger
  • Deputy Director
  • SHS Faculty Office
  • Faculty of S&HS
Uta Staiger joined UCL in 2009. She 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). Prior to joining UCL, she held a post-doctoral position at the Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). Previously, she worked at a private foundation dedicated to cultural policy research in Barcelona, and was coordinator of a number of European Commission funded cooperative research projects.
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Research Summary
Uta’s main research interests, spanning political thought, history and EU politics, are in the relevance of culture to citizenship, political community and democracy. She is particularly interested in the normative issues this nexus raises in the context of the European Union, as well as the history of its policy and legal development in the course of the European integration process. She has previously published on the conjunction of culture and citizenship in European policy discourse, and on the role of cultural action in local citizenship practice. The latter led to a co-edited volume, Memory Culture and the Contemporary City (Palgrave 2009). A book chapter on the historical policy context for the European Capitals of Culture programme is forthcoming. She has also contributed to and co-edited several policy reports for the European Commission, most recently writing the national report for Germany for the study Access of Young People to Culture for the DG Education and Culture (2010). 
Teaching Summary
As the Deputy Director of the UCL European Institute, Uta works closely with Richard Bellamy to develop the long-term strategy for the new Institute and devise and implement its work programme. For the UCL Department of History, Uta furthermore teaches a two-part MA module on the History and Theory of European Integration, “Constructing Europe, 1945 to the Lisbon Treaty” and “Theories of European Integration and the Idea of Europe”. She also gives occasional lectures on other programmes at UCL (BA European Culture, 2009-10/10-11, MA Global Migration 2011-12).
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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