CREES - Celebrating 50 Years

The year 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies now known as the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES). To mark this milestone we held a series of special seminars and an expanded annual conference. See details of our events and the 50 faces of CREES. Find out more about our current staff, research and teaching.

The 50 faces proved so popular and so many people wanted to share their happy memories of CREES that we welcome additional contributions from CREES alumni and former members of staff.

50+ faces of CREES (52/50)

50 faces of CREES
Professor Ron AmannGeneral Sir Mike JacksonDaniel FranklinPaul LewisSarah Whitmore
Richard SakwaStefanie Harter (1993-1997)Douglas SutherlandDr Bettina RenzProfessor Robert Davies
Edwin BaconVera TolzDavid MoonPhilip HansonRoy Allison
Mark WebberJulian CooperSilvana MalleMalcolm-HillMark Harrison
Stephen WheatcroftDavid Adshead (1968 - 2011)Greg Andrusz (1962 - 1965)Erica Richardson (1996 - 2004)Jan Toporowski (1968 - 1984)
John Dunstan (1972 - 1990)Judy BattJohn RussellOdetta Barbullushi (2004 - 2009)Hilary Pilkington
David Wedgwood BennSarah DorrMike PushkinAnn HelgesonDennis Biggs (1961-1964)
David Clegg (1964-1966)Peter RodgersPaul Hare (1971-1972)Melanie IlicPeter Kneen (1969-1976)
Donal MaleLuke March (1994 - 1999)Marea Arries (1986-) and Tricia Carr (1989-)Paul Holtom (1997-2003)Matthew Frear (2005-2013)
Mike Berry CREES (1966-)Kataryna WolczukJeremy SmithJelena Obradovic-Wochnik (2004-2008)Lara Kosygina
Liz WymanPaul Barton, B.Com (Russian Studies) 1964-67 Tim Haughton  

50th Anniversary events included:

Posted 01 July 2013

50 faces of CREES #33 - Mike Pushkin

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.

Posted 01 July 2013

50 faces of CREES #34 - Ann Helgeson

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.

Posted 30 May 2013

Podcast: Putin and the Russian Economy

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.

Posted 20 March 2013

50th Anniversary Seminar on Eastern Europe after 1989

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?'

Posted 11 March 2013

50 faces of CREES #08 - Richard Sakwa (1984)

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.

Posted 05 March 2013

Former Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova Speaks on the European Union at CREES

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.

Posted 28 January 2013

Experts discuss EU enlargement in CREES 50th anniversary Seminar

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.

Posted 29 November 2012

Georgian Ambassador Visits CREES

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.