IES Research


IES research focuses on the EU in an international context. It explores EU institutions, policies and law within the context of globalisation and international law and politics. Research projects analyse the role of the EU as a global actor and the interaction between the internal and external dimensions of EU policies. They also address the inter-relationship between the EU and international institutions and organisations.

IES research principally embraces a wide range of European studies and aims to involve multiple disciplines, including law, economics, social science and political science. It is currently advanced in the following clusters of academic work:

IES research is also pursued within horizontal projects and networks cutting across specific clusters, including:


Technical support for IES researchers, students and staff: think-cell

think-cell is a presentation software that integrates with PowerPoint and Excel seamlessly to help you visualize complex data using charts. The software, which is used by top consulting and investment firms is available for free to IES students, staff and faculty members, by downloading and installing it on your computer. It allows you to create 40+ chart types, including waterfall, Gantt, and Mekko charts in just 2-3 minutes.

think-cell might save you a significant amount of working time and enable you to create professional looking presentations for your coursework. As a student, knowing think-cell could also be a valuable skill as you enter the workplace since many employers use the software.

It takes just minutes to learn about think-cell, watching the short video tutorials available for each chart type. See below for helpful training resources.

To find personalized think-cell help, a searchable user manual, and targeted video tutorials, visit

  • Watch this think-cell overview video
  • Watch this 3 minute video to learn how to create your first chart
  • See all of think-cell's 40+ chart types and features here
  • Learn how to link an Excel file to your think-cell Power Point chart and automate data updates here
To obtain your think-cell licence key, please send an e-mail to
PS: think-cell is currently looking for smart, creative C++ developers with a solid theoretical background. If this sounds interesting to you, contact