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Brigid Laffan


Brigid Laffan is Director and Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, and Director of the Global Governance Programme, European University Institute (EUI), Florence. In August 2013, Professor Laffan left the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) University College Dublin where she was Professor of European Politics.  She was Vice-President of UCD and Principal of the College of Human Sciences from 2004 to 2011.

She was the founding director of the Dublin European Institute UCD from 1999 and in March 2004 she was elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy. She is a member of the Board of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, the Fulbright Commission (until September 2013) and is the 2013 Visiting Scientist for the EXACT Marie Curie Network.

In December 2012, Professor Laffan was awarded the THESEUS Award for outstanding research on European Integration. In 2010 she was awarded the Ordre nationale du Mérite by the President of the French Republic.


Research interests

Her areas of research are

  • Dynamic of European Integration
  • EU Governance and Europeanization
  • Public Finances



She has published widely on European Integration including Ireland and the European Union (2008),Renovation or Revolution: new territorial politics in Ireland and the United Kingdom, (2005), Europe’s Experimental Union:Re thinking Integration (1999) and The Finances of the Union (1997).

Recent chapters in books include, ‘Ireland from Interdependence to Dependence’ in Walton N. and Zielonka J.,The New Political Geography of Europe (2013) and ‘European Union and the Eurozone: How to Co-Exist’, in Allen F., Carletti E. and Simonelli S. eds., Governance for the Eurozone: Integration or Disintegration (2012).