CREES 50th Anniversary Seminar Series. Speakers: Joshua Tucker (New York University), Julian Cooper (CREES/POLSIS) and David White (CREES/POLSIS).
I arrived at CREES as a postgraduate in autumn 1966. The first person I met in the old Baykov Library on the first floor of the Ashley Building was fellow-postgrad Greg Andrusz. I recall thinking how refreshing it was that CREES had people working on such topics as the sociology of housing in the USSR – the first of many surprises induced by the breadth of the CREES engagement with its subject area.
I came to CREES in 1979, quite unexpectedly, when Chris Davis (another American) was going on leave for some reason or other and there was a need for someone to teach the Social Work students in Soviet social policy.
This event brought together two of the world's most respected specialists on the Russian economy to discuss the most important issues relating to economic policy and performance in Russia today.
At the invitation of Dr Deema Kaneff, Prof. D. Segert from the University of Vienna came to CREES to present a talk in the 50th Anniversary Seminar Series on 'Eastern Europe after 1989 - a laboratory for the sustainability of democracy?'
Initially a graduate student on the MSocSci, I converted to a PhD (supervised by R. W. Davies and awarded in July 1984). I am now Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent.
Former Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, Iveta Radicova, delivered a lecture, "The EU Crisis What Next" as part of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES)'s 50th Anniversary Seminar Series and was held in conjunction with the Graduate Centre for Europe, the European Research Institute and the School of Government and Society.
Professor Sarah Birch from the University of Essex joined CREES scholars Dr Kataryna Wolczuk and Dr Matthew Frear to discuss electoral practice and malpractice in former Soviet republics.
In the latest event in the CREES 50th anniversary series, in the annual European Politics and Society and Economics (EPSE) seminar, Honorary Director General of the European Commission Graham Avery and Lara Scarpitta of the EU Delegation in Ankara provided students and staff an insight into the challenges and prospects of EU enlargement.
Highlighting the deep interest in the politics, society and history of the Caucasus at the University of Birmingham and the strong links between the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) and the diplomatic community, CREES hosted Georgia's Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland Giorgi Badridze on Wednesday 21 November 2012.