Movers & shakers


The 89 Initiative is at the vanguard of the public and policy debates, thanks to its cycles of events and flagship conferences organised all over Europe.

Their result is usually a short policy report or series of recommendations. Speakers and participants have included former heads of state, government, Nobel Prize winners, Commissioners, ministers, MPs, civil servants, and a plethora of academics and policy experts.


The 89 Initiative podcast


Our Talking Europe series are roundtable discussions involving experts and researchers. Topics of key relevance included the immediate Brexit fallout, the election of Donald Trump as US President, as well as the rise of Emmanuel Macron.

In its inaugural year, Talking Europe produced 12 podcasts hosted by Michael Cottakis, 5 policy briefs, 4 public events bringing together some of Europe’s most exciting minds, and a weekly News Brief with a weekly analysis on EU current affairs from an 89er perspective.


Today’s challenges, tomorrow’s solutions: EUrope fit for the future


28-30 April
Online Public Event | Videos Available on Facebook

At this year’s flagship conference, our 12 research teams from Athens, Bruges, and London presented their work and engaged with experts in their respective fields, from COVID-19 to climate, innovation, and immigration. Over the past year, they have investigated asylum provisions during the pandemic, the use of civic education to combat populism, the impact of local climate emergency declarations, and the role of predictive analysis for data-driven innovation, among others. The conference brought together different disciplines, methodologies, national contexts, and themes, united by a common focus on evidence-based policy innovation. 


  • Alberto AlemannoJean Monnet Professor of European Union Law and Regulation
  • Andreas AktoudianakisSpecial Assistant, Open Society European Policy Institute
  • Cherry JamesSenior Lecturer, Southbank University London
  • Corrado MacchiarelliVisiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Françoise BoucekLecturer, Queen Mary University of London
  • Genevieve Pons-DeladriereDirector IJD Representation to the EU, Jacques Delors Institute
  • James Ker-LindsaySenior Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Joaquín AlmuniaFormer European Commissioner and Visiting Professor, LSE
  • Kristina KazmiDirector, Counterpoint
  • Leopold TraugottPolicy Analyst, Open Europe
  • Lisa FischerPolicy Advisor, E3G’s London office
  • Marrku MarrkulaPresident of the European Committee of the Regions
  • Mary HoneyballMember of the European Parliament
  • Peter WildingDirector, British Influence and Former Head of Media for the Conservative Party in the European Parliament
  • Philippe LegrainFormer advisor to the President of the Commission and Senior Visiting Fellow, LSE
  • Richard LewisSenior Research Fellow Migration & Diversity, Institute for European Studies
  • Rosa BalfourActing Director of the Europe Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Ruxandra TrandafoiuUniversity Reader and former Journalist, the Edgehill University
  • Shahin ValléeFormer Economic Advisor to the President of the European Council and Senior Economist at Soros Fund Management
  • Simon GlendinningProfessor of European Philosophy, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Spyros EconomidesDirector of the Hellenic Observatory and Associate Professor of International Relations and European Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Steve CoulterFellow in Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Viktoria NagyPresident of the Youth Committee, ETUC
  • Waltraud SchelkleAssociate Professor of Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Zuzana StuchlíkováHead of the Brussels Office, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

    This website uses cookies to improve performance and enhance your user experience. Review our Privacy policy to learn more. More Info

    The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.