The Centre for Research in European Studies was launched on the 19th February 1997.

Based in the subject area of Political, Social and International Studies at the University of East Anglia, it is open to full-time and part-time faculty in various Schools in the University with research interests in the area of Contemporary European Affairs.

The aim of the Centre is to promote research in Contemporary European Affairs - primarily in connection with the European Union - by undertaking a variety of academic activities and establishing regional, national, and international links with other academics, policy-makers, politicians, and representatives of the media and the business world. These include informal exchanges of ideas, joint research projects and publications, and seminars inviting outside specialists as well as research students and staff to participate.