About us

The Europe and the World Centre focuses on the diverse ways in which Europe is being refashioned through internal developments and interactions with the world outside. Its activities aim to enhance understanding of this complex process by providing research-based analysis of what is happening both at political/governmental and societal levels.

People at the Centre

All staff listed below are based in our Department of Politics at the University of Liverpool.

Professor Erika Harris

Erika HarrisErika Harris  is the co-director of the EWC.

Her research focuses mainly on politics of nations and nationalism, identity politics and the relationship between identity, democracy and European integration generally, but particularly in Eastern and Central Europe and the Balkans.


Professor Richard Gillespie

Professor Richard GillespieRichard Gillespie is the EWC Chair and member of its Advisory Board.

His research interests are in European Foreign and  Security Policy, Democratization in North Africa, The Union for the Mediterranean and Nationalism and Autonomy in Spain.


Dr Alex Balch

Dr Alex Balch

Alex Balch is a member of the EWC Steering Groupo and a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations.

His research focuses on the politics and policy of immigration and on efforts to combat forced labour and human trafficking. He has worked with a range of government and non-government organisations on research projects and regularly contributes to public debates. He is a member of the Forced Labour Monitoring Group (FLMG)