Research

The Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) is one of the world’s leading research institutes in its field. Established in 1963, CREES is a multi-disciplinary centre with a strong orientation towards the social sciences and history. The Centre has been very successful in obtaining external research grants, for example from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Leverhulme Trust and UK Government departments.

The wide-ranging research programme of the Centre includes studies of Russian, Ukrainian and Central European politics, society and culture, post-socialist economic transformation, the history of Russia and the Soviet Union, and security studies.

Established scholars come to discuss research and collaborative work, and to use the resources of the library. Representatives of government, industry, international organisations and the media also draw on its expertise.

Research in the Centre is concentrated around the various research themes:

  • History, Politics and Society of the Soviet Union and its Successor States
  • Europe in a Globalised World: East and Central
  • Identity, Ethnicity and Citizenship
  • Political Economy
  • Political Parties

Members of CREES are actively involved in the policy process, with long-established relations with UK government, international organisations, the business community and the media. Scholars wishing to spend time at CREES to undertake research are always welcome.

Latest research

The Western Framing of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: A Factor in Resolving the Conflict, or in its Perpetuation? (Jan 2014 - Jan 2015)

Description
The project seeks to provide new first-hand data and insightful analysis into the process by which the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been framed through a comparative study of major existing British, American and EU political documents, English-language academic and journalistic works on the conflict, as well as through interviewing relevant EU and other Western policy-makers, British and other Western academics and journalists.

Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus (CASCADE) (2014-2016)

Description
The CASCADE project will: 1.scrutinise Caucasian states and societies for the root causes of conflict and insecurity, 2.conduct synergetic research on democracy and security in the Caucasus, 3.analyse the links between the region and its wider neighbourhood, 4.provide forward-looking analysis on regional security and democratisation processes, and 5.develop a set of proposals on how the EU could enhance its role in the region.

Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures (2013-2015)

Description
This interdisciplinary project aims to map Russia's governance-related influences in the post-Soviet states in the 'common neighbourhood' with the EU.

More research projects throughout the Centre.

 

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) result - The department celebrated its success as an international centre of excellence with yet another outstanding performance - placed 2nd in the ranking of world leading research and 4th on the Grade Point Average measure, in the European Studies unit of assessment. 

 

The results of a UK-wide research quality survey published on Thursday 18 December prove that the University of Birmingham’s research power has global reach and leads the world in a broad range of disciplines.

 

Learn more about the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)