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



  • REES206 International Politics and Security in Russia and Eurasia
  • REES316 Russian Foreign Policy


  • POLSG33 European Security

Postgraduate supervision

  • Lance Davies
  • Mark Youngman
  • Hana Josticova
  • Merim Baitembetova
  • Friane Aurora


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.

Other activities


  • Russian fluent
  • French good knowledge
  • German good knowledge


(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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