Professor John Loughlin joined the Fellowship of St Edmund’s College in 2010 and is the Director of the Von Hügel Institute (VHI). In addition to his work at the VHI he is a Senior Fellow of the Department of Politics and International Studies of the University of Cambridge and he has been appointed to the Chaire Ganshof van der Meersch at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) for the academic year 2013-14. Previously he was Professor of European Politics in Cardiff University, where he is now an Honorary Professor, and has held Visiting Professorships and Fellowships in Oxford, Paris, Florence and Princeton. His current Visiting Professorships are at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the University of Umeå, Sweden, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence.
Prof Loughlin has carried out extensive research on territorial politics in Europe and on the relationship between religion and politics. He spent several years as a Cistercian monk at Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey, Portglenone in Northern Ireland where he carried out the usual studies for the priesthood in philosophy, theology and biblical studies. His current projects are on: Catholic Social teaching and the Big Society, religious freedom in international affairs, and the role of religious NGOs in the United Nations. He is also working at the Madison Trust funded project on the implications of the financial crisis on European federalism. He has been an expert for the Council of Europe and UN-Habitat and he has acted as an advisor to the UK government, the Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies, the French Senate, and the EU’s Committee of the Regions.
In 2010, the French Government appointed him an Officier dans L'Ordre des Palmes Académiques in recognition of his contribution to the spread of the French language and culture and his contribution to research on European politics. In 2009, the University of Umeå in Sweden awarded him an honorary doctorate in recognition of his research on European politics and territorial governance. He is an Academician of the UK's Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHistS) and of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He recently been elected a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
He has published more than a hundred articles and book chapters. His books include: