Dr Derek Averre

Dr Derek Averre

Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies
Reader in Russian Foreign and Security Policy

Contact details

+44 (0)121 414 6364
+44 (0)121 414 3423
Room 625
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Feedback and office hours

  • Mondays 13.30 - 15.00
  • Wednesdays 13.00 - 14.30
Other times by appointment.


  • PhD (Manchester)
  • BA Hons Russian Studies (Manchester)


Derek Averre has been a member of CREES since 1991, first as a Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow working on a long-running (1991-2015) UK Government-funded project on arms control and economic transition, and latterly as Senior Lecturer and Reader. From August 2008 to August 2012 he was Director of CREES.

He has published a co-edited book New Security Challenges in Postcommunist Europe: Securing Europe's East and numerous journal articles on these themes in International Affairs, European Security, Problems of Post-Communism, Europe-Asia Studies and Demokratizatsiya, as well as several book chapters.

He has organised and presented widely at both academic and policy-related conferences and seminars in the UK (including Wilton Park and Chatham House), Europe, North America and the USSR successor states. He has submitted oral and written evidence at recent House of Commons and House of Lords inquiries and maintains strong links with the UK Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He is also on the editorial board of European Security


Postgraduate supervision

Mark Youngman, Caucasian schools of Jihad: understanding variance in the framing and ideology of the north Caucasus insurgency, started 2015, anticipated completion 2018

Friane Aurora, A Comparative Study of State Oil Companies' Relations in Indonesia and UAE (provisional title), started 2013, anticipated completion 2017

Merim Baitembetova, Regional organisations in Eurasia (provisional title), started September 2014, anticipated completion 2018

John Kennedy, Risk and resilience in Russia (provisional title), started September 2012, anticipated completion 2016

Lance Davies, Russia's humanitarian intervention and European security governance, started September 2012, anticipated completion 2016; primary supervisor

Victoria Hudson, Russia's 'Soft Power', awarded 2014

Katharina Hoffmann, Regional Integration in the Post-Soviet Space: The Impact of Political Regime Characteristics, awarded 2014

Alexandra Prodromidou, Energy Security and the Caspian Sea Basin, awarded 2011

Sorin Denca, Europeanisation of Foreign Policy: The Cases of Romania, Hungary and Slovakia, awarded January 2011

Stephen Aris, Central Asian Regional Security: The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, awarded 2009

Cai Wilkinson, Interpreting Security: Grounding the Copenhagen School in Kyrgyzstan, awarded 2009


Research interests

  • Russian foreign and security policy
  • Russia-Europe relations
  • Arms control / non-proliferation issues in the USSR successor states

Current and recent projects

  • Leader of work package on CASCADE project 'Exploring the Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus', funded under the FP7 Programme by the European Commission, February 2014 - January 2017, coordinated by Kataryna Wolczuk, CREES, value €344,940.
  • Coordinator for CREES on International Research Staff Exchange Scheme project ‘EUropean Identity, Cultural Diversity and Political Change’, funded under the FP7 Programme by the European Commission, 36 months 2014-2016; value of award to CREES €123,500.


(2016) 'Russia and the Responsibility to Protect' (with Lance Davies), Amnesty International Strategic Studies project Shifting power and human rights diplomacy: Russia, forthcoming

(2016) 'Security and Democratisation: the Case of the South Caucasus', (with Kevork Oskanian), in Paul Flenley and Michael Mannin (eds), The EU and its Eastern Neighbourhood: The Contradictions of Europeanisation and European Identities, Manchester University Press, forthcoming

(2016) 'The EU and Russia: managing the new security environment in the wider Europe', (2016:5EPA), Swedish Institute for European Policy Analysis

(2016) 'The Ukraine conflict: Russia's challenge to European security governance', Europe-Asia Studies, special issue (co-edited by Derek Averre and Kataryna Wolczuk), issue 4, June

(2015) 'Russia, humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: the case of Syria' (with Lance Davies), International Affairs, 91:4

(2014) 'Dealing with Russia: A New 2020 Vision?' In Andrew A. Michta and Paal Sigurd Hilde, The Future of Nato: Regional Defense and Global Security, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor

(2013) 'The Modernization Debate and Energy: Is Russia an 'Energy Superpower'?' in Jakub M. Godzimirski (ed.), Russian Energy in a Changing World: What is the Outlook for the Hydrocarbons Superpower?, Ashgate

(2010), 'The US, the EU and Russia: a 'Strategic Partnership' or a New Détente?', in Jan Wouters and Steven Sterkx (eds), European Union, United States and Global Governance – Major Trends and Challenges, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, 2010

(2010), 'Russia: A global power?', in Emil Kirchner and James Sperling (eds), National Security Cultures: Patterns of Global Governance (Routledge), 2010

(2009) 'From Pristina to Tskhinvali: The legacy of Operation Allied Force in Russia's relations with the West', International Affairs, 85, 3

(2009) 'Competing Rationalities: Russia, the EU and the "Shared Neighbourhood"', Europe-Asia Studies, 61, 10, December

(2008) 'Russian foreign policy and the global political environment', Problems of Post-Communism, 55, 5, special issue, September-October

(2007) 'The Military Sector and European Security Cooperation', in Graham Timmins & Jackie Gower (eds), An Uneasy Partnership: Russia and Europe in the 21st Century, Anthem Press

(2007) '"Sovereign democracy" and Russia’s relations with the European Union', Demokratizatsiya, 15, 2

(2005) 'Russia and the European Union: convergence or divergence?', European Security, 14, 2

(2005) 'The EU-Russia Relationship in the Context of European Security', in Debra Johnson & Paul Robinson (eds), Perspectives on EU-Russia Relations, Routledge

(2005) 'EU-Russia Security Relations and the Republic of Karelia' in Oksana Antonenko & Kathryn Pinnick (eds), Russia and the European Union, Routledge/IISS


Russian foreign and security policy; Russia-Europe relations; arms control and non-proliferation issues in the USSR successor states

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