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EU-Russia Collaborative Research Network


EU-Russian relations and the political space comprising the former Soviet republics which is contentiously seen as a ‘shared neighbourhood’ have become important areas for research for members of both BASEES and UACES. The two associations have therefore decided to sponsor a joint network to facilitate cooperation and dialogue between the EU and Slavic and East European Studies research communities.

The main objectives are:

  • To promote interdisciplinary research on areas of common interest between the two associations which lead to high quality publications
  • To host panels at the BASEES and UACES annual conferences
  • To organise workshops on key areas of research in the field
  • To specifically target postgraduate students and to provide them with opportunities to present and publish their research
  • To strengthen academic cooperation between the two associations and promote their respective profiles


The network was established in 2006 to encourage closer cooperation and exchange of views between the growing number of EU-specialists working on Russia and the post-Soviet states coming under the European Neighbourhood Policy and colleagues in the field of Slavonic Studies who were interested in the EU.

Over the course of the past three years over a hundred people have joined the network, including a significant number from universities in Russia and there has also been considerable interest from the practitioner community. It was therefore decided to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the UACES Collaborative Research Network (CRN) initiative to expand our activities to meet the growing interest in EU-Russia relations and the ‘shared’ neighbourhood.

The intention is to make the network as decentralised as possible, essentially run by its members through eight study groups:

Study groups Coordinators
EU-Russia political relations Graham Timmins, University of Stirling and Alla Akulshina, Voronezh State University
EU-member states and Russia Maxine David, University of Surrey and Jackie Gower, King’s College London
EU-Russia economic Cooperation Julian Cooper and Richard Connolly , University of Birmingham
EU-Russia and the shared neighbourhood Elena Korosteleva-Polglase, Aberystwyth Univ and Kasia Wolczuk, Birmingham and Laure Delcour, IRIS, Paris
EU-Russia and security issues Derek Averre, University of Birmingham and Jackie Gower, King’s College London
EU-Russia and energy issues Diana Bozhilova, KCL and Tom Hashimoto, Univ of New York, Tirana
EU-Russia cooperation on Education and training Marina Larionova, Higher School of Economics Moscow
EU-Russia and freedom, security and justice Olga Potemkina, Institute of Europe, Moscow and Raul Hernandez i Sagrera, Autonomous University of Barcelona

There will be regular workshops, at least two international conferences and panels at UACES, BASEES, PSA and BISA conferences leading hopefully to a significant publication output. It is also hoped to develop a strong partnership with the practitioner community and to make a constructive input into the policy debate on a range of key issues involving EU-Russia relations.

Membership and Contact

New members are always welcome.

If you would like to join EU-Russia Collaborative Research Network and your details to be on its web-site, please fill in this Affiliation form

The new web-site for EU-Russia CRN was launched http://www.eu-russia.eu.

For more information, please contact one of the coordinators.

Derek Averre, CREES, University of Birmingham: d.l.averre@bham.ac.uk
Jackie Gower, King’s College London: jackie.gower@kcl.ac.uk
Graham Timmins, University of Stirling: graham.timmins@stir.ac.uk