Welcome to the Pan-European Institute
The University of Essex created the Pan-European Institute in
the summer of 1997. PEI was designed to bring together and build
upon the outstanding achievements of the former Centres for
European Studies and for Russian Studies, especially in the
areas of European integration and post-communist studies.
PEI's interests therefore encompass the whole of the
"new" Europe, from Ireland to the Russian Far East.
Its creation also consolidated the University's success in
attracting new posts in the area of Former Soviet Union and
Eastern European studies, funded by HEFCE, the Higher Education
Funding Council for England.
PEI is able to draw upon the full range of the University's
excellence in teaching and research, although does not employ
its own staff, save for its Executive Officer, Mrs Lynn Baird.
Members of academic staff with links to PEI are active in the
social sciences, humanities, law - from commercial law to the
protection of human rights - and the natural sciences,
particularly the environmental sciences.