Dr Derek Averre

Dr Derek Averre

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

Contact details

POLSIS (CREES) - School of Government
Room 625 Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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 Derek was the Director of CREES. In recent years he has been leader of a work package on a project Exploring the Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus (CASCADE), funded under the FP7 Programme (total value of award around €400,000); coordinator for CREES on International Research Staff Exchange Scheme project EUropeanIdentity, Cultural Diversity and Political Change (IRSES), funded under the FP7 Programme (total value of award to UoB €123,500); and grant holder for Advanced Research Workshop 'NATO and Russia: Towards Common Perceptions of Emerging Security Challenges', supported by the NATO-Russia Council Science for Peace and Security Programme (total value of award to UoB: €36,900).

He has published three co-edited books: New Security Challenges in Postcommunist Europe: Securing Europe's East (Manchester University Press 2002, with Andrew Cottey), The Ukraine Conflict: Security, Identity and Politics in the Wider Europe (Routledge 2018, with Kataryna Wolczuk) and Security, Society, and the State in the Caucasus (Routledge 2018, with Kevork Oskanian), as well as numerous journal articles in International Affairs, European Security, Problems of Post-Communism, Europe-Asia Studies, Demokratizatsiya and other journals and several book chapters.

He has organised and presented widely at both academic and policy-related conferences and seminars in the UK, 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 UK Government agencies. He is also on the editorial board of European Security.

Feedback and office hours

  • General office hours Tuesday 18.00 - 19.30, Wednesday 18.30 - 20.00
  • Weekly group personal tutorials Monday 18.30 - 19.30 (year 2), Tuesday 19.30 - 20.30 (final year dissertation students)


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



POLS313 Strategy, leadership and Foreign Policy (convenor)

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students:

  • Hana Josticova: Explaining social mobilisation and identity in eastern Ukraine between November 2013 and September 2014
  • Merim Baitembetova: Multi-level integration in Eurasia
  • Tom Rawlins: From Glavlit to Roskomnadzor 1990 – 2012: a case study of state censorship
  • Nicolo Fasola: Russia’s way of war: explaining strategic culture
  • Pourya Nabipour: The role of identity in Iran’s international relations
  • Jaroslava Barbieri: title to be confirmed


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 €400,000.
  • 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


(2019) Zaslavskaya, N. and Averre, D. EU-Russia political and security cooperation: major research trends. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 27:2, 147-158

(2018) Oskanian, K. and Averre, D. (Eds.). Security, Society and the State in the Caucasus. Routledge

(2018) Averre, D. Russia, the Middle East and the conflict in Syria. in Roger E. Kanet (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Russian Security, Routledge

(2018) Oskanian, K. and Averre, D. Security and Democratisation: the case of the South Caucasus. In Flenley, P. and Mannin, M. (Eds.). The European Union and its eastern neighbourhood: Europeanisation and its twenty-first-century contradictions. Manchester University Press

(2017) Averre, D. 'Russia, the R2P and human rights: ensuring responsible protection' (with Lance Davies), in Doutje Lettinga and Lars van Troost, Amnesty International Strategic Studies project Shifting power and human rights diplomacy: Russia, Amnesty International Netherlands

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

(2016) Averre, D. 'The Ukraine conflict: Russia's challenge to European security governance', Europe-Asia Studies, special issue (co-edited by Derek Averre and Kataryna Wolczuk), 68:4

(2015) Averre, D. and Davies, L. 'Russia, humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: the case of Syria'. International Affairs, 91:4

(2014) Averre, D. '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) Averre, D. '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) Averre, D. '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) Averre, D. 'Russia: A global power?', in Emil Kirchner and James Sperling (eds), National Security Cultures: Patterns of Global Governance (Routledge), 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Foreign, security and development policy

Russian foreign and security policy, international politics and security in Eurasia