ACCESS EUROPE focuses on six interrelated themes

The research, education and public outreach activities of ACCESS EUROPE are organised through six Themes. 

Within European Law and Governance researchers are concerned with the EU's unconventional political structure and innovative governance, its adequacy and efficiency and, ultimately, its democratic legitimacy. EU private, public and fundamental rights law and its relation to national laws and constitutional values are the core research areas of lawyers and political scientists in the European Constitutionalism Theme.

European Politics and Society deals with the public and political contestation of Europe, for instance in national elections and referenda. The precise form of such contestation, including the rise of populist movements and parties, varies widely across member states, depending on national institutions, culture, and practice. The past and present crisis Europe is confronted with can only be understood in the context of the formation of a European Identity and Culture. It is important to examine ways in which Europe and European identities have been formed across space and time.

European market integration and EU crisis resolution strategies challenge the autonomy of national welfare state policies. Political Economy of Integration and Welfare focuses on how to reconcile the EU's economic and social goals.

Researchers at Europe and the World study the EU's role as a player in security, defence and trade policies in an increasingly multi-polar global environment.

The Themes are by no means mutually exclusive: ACCESS EUROPE researchers interacts across Themes and Faculties, thus establishing a real sense of interdisciplinarity.