The Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies at St Andrews was founded in 1990. Its aim is to promote Russian, post-Soviet and East European research and teaching by bringing together members of staff from various departments across the university who share interests in this field. The Centre organises an annual conference, sponsors visiting speakers, runs informal colloquia and offers a package of taught postgraduate courses leading to higher degrees in Central and East European Studies. Members of the Centre also supervise individual PhD students in this area.

The range of expertise currently covered by members of the Centre is as follows:

  • 19th- and 20th-century History of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • History of Central and Eastern Europe
  • Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet literature and culture
  • 19th- and 20th-century Russian Intellectual History
  • Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet International Relations
  • Central and Eastern European International Relations
  • Art History of Modern Russia and Central and Eastern Europe
  • Russian, post-Soviet and Central and Eastern European film
  • Orthodox and Eastern Christianity
  • Caucasus and Central Asian Politics and Security
  • Russian and Central European Politics and Social Movements