The European Political Economy Project

The European Political Economy Project

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EuPEP | European Studies Centre | St Antony's College | Oxford | OX2 6JF
Tel. 01865 274537

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The European Political Economy Project (EuPEP) is the European Studies Centre’s forum for analysing political economy issues facing Europe. It serves as an umbrella for policy-oriented research on European economic institutions and practices in the face of evolving socio-political pressures.

What we do
EuPEP addresses institutional issues challenging Europe in the wake of the 2011-12 crisis, with a main focus on economic and financial architecture. A key tenet is that European institutions are more likely to be legitimate and durable if their design is informed by a multi-disciplinary approach which draws on analytical frameworks from across the social sciences. EuPEP’s research pays special attention to the diversity of circumstances and experiences across both European Union members and their neighbours. 

  • In 2019-20, its first year of operation, EuPEP concentrated on the interactions among countries inside and outside the euro area, culminating in the January 2020 conference, Life Outside the Euro--Monetary and Financial Issues for the EU Periphery and BeyondIt also provided a forum for discussing political-economic Brexit concerns and EU budget issues.
  • This year, the main theme is on the political economy of managing climate change, given Europe’s transformational Green Deal and Britain’s host role for COP26 international climate negotiations. A conference on January 21, 2021 European Climate Action--Political Economy Challenges, kicked off the agenda, and is being followed by a series of related seminars (see EuPEP events). EuPEP is also collaborating on discussions of how Europe is managing covid, and continuing its longer-term research efforts on strengthening financial stability and governance.

Who we are
EuPEP was founded in October 2019 as a successor to PEFM, the five-year Political Economy of Financial Markets programme designed to help strengthen European financial institutions in the wake of the 2011-12 crisis.

EuPEP is led by Charles Enoch, (ESC Fellow 2019-21), with the cooperation of Tim Vlandis (Governing Body Fellow); the administrator is Jessica Dancy (ESC). See the full list of associates here.

EuPEP collaborates closely with other groups in the European Studies Centre, notably South-Eastern European Studies (SEESOX); and also with the Europaeum, a consortium of leading European universities (( 

The work of EuPEP is overseen by the ESC Management Committee.

In addition, EuPEP Oxford draws on the work of a number of Associates as contributors to its programme.

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