Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES)

CREES 50th Anniversary

The Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) is one of the world's leading research institutes in its field. CREES is a multi-disciplinary centre  drawing together expertise from the College of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Law and the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. Many of the members of CREES are based in the Department of Political Science and International Studies although many others are based in different departments across the university.

While our expertise is firmly grounded in the former states of the USSR and Eastern Europe, we recognise the global importance of this region.

Undergraduate degrees

Undergraduate degrees

The Centre for Russian and East European Studies offers a highly flexible degree programme, with a range of options within each year:

Undergraduate degrees

Doctoral Research

Doctoral Research

CREES is a research oriented, multi disciplinary centre with wide ranging expertise and long standing excellence in researching Russia and Eastern Europe.

Doctoral Research

Latest Research

Latest Research

CREES has been very successful in obtaining external research grants, for example from the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust and UK Government departments.

Latest Research

Latest news

Blog: The Wedding of the Century: More Evidence of a Soft Exit for Chechnya?

Blog: The Wedding of the Century: More Evidence of a Soft Exit for Chechnya?
Description
By Karena Avedissian. In Chechnya, the wedding of a 17-year old girl and a middle-aged policeman has put centre-periphery relations and the growing divergence of regional arrangements in Chechnya and the rest of the Russian Federation in the spotlight.
Date:
Friday 22nd May 2015

Undergraduate Open Days - 26-27 June 2015

Undergraduate Open Days - 26-27 June 2015
Description
Our Undergraduate Open Days offer you the perfect opportunity to hear first-hand from our current undergraduates and teaching staff about living and learning at Birmingham.
Date:
Friday 22nd May 2015

Burundi teeters on the brink of civil war following coup attempt

Burundi teeters on the brink of civil war following coup attempt
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. An attempt by the incumbent president to change the constitution and run for a third term has exposed deep and dangerous divisions.
Date:
Monday 18th May 2015

Blog: The Ties that Bind: War, History and Power in and around Today's Russia

Blog: The Ties that Bind: War, History and Power in and around Today's Russia
Description
By Dr. Kevork Oskanian. It is difficult indeed to overstate the importance of victory day in Russia. In its solemnity, it is as close to a religious festival as any secular event could be. The Soviet Union was adept at filling the void left by its Marxist atheism with ritual and symbolism, and, more than on other days of the contemporary calendar, its imprint was still palpable on May 9th, 2015.
Date:
Tuesday 12th May 2015

Kenya attack: al-Shabaab's violent radicalism can't be tackled by force alone

Kenya attack: al-Shabaab's violent radicalism can't be tackled by force alone
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. The terrorist group al-Shabaab has claimed an attack on Garissa University College in eastern Kenya, in which an unclear number have been killed and many others taken hostage.
Date:
Friday 10th April 2015

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