UoA 51: UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)

The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) is a multi-disciplinary department of 44 research-active staff. Its research rests on a combination of language(s), discipline(s) and area expertise (Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and Russia); its research infrastructure facilitates disciplinary, cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research.

Quantitative evidence of the research culture at SSEES in 2001-07 is indicated by: publication of more than 45 single- or co-authored books, 30 edited or co-edited books/editions, 500 articles and chapters; organization of 7 permanent seminar series, 65 round tables, workshops and conferences; £1.7M of externally funded research expenditure and a £5.6M award for a new inter-institutional research centre initially funded for 5 years from 2006-07. Research income administered outside SSEES includes a HESP/OSI Unit Partnership with Belgrade (US$81k); Leverhulme Anglo-French Colloque with Oxford and Paris, 2007-09 (£35k).


As the largest UK concentration of expertise on the region, SSEES plays a crucial role in sustaining academic study in the field. As well as promoting research in widely studied subjects, SSEES supports smaller or more specialized fields, integrating them into the broader research environment. SSEES also contributes to scholarship within the region: SSEES scholars take part in (and organize) research activities overseas; they publish in the languages of the region; SSEES research is translated and reviewed there.


In 2001-07 UCL SSEES responded to concerns over breadth of coverage, quantity of research and age profile in the profession expressed in the RAE 2001 overview of Slavonic studies, most directly through a policy of substantial investment in a new generation of scholars in the field. 17 of the 25 new and replacement SSEES appointments have started their careers since 2001, with 10 being defined as early career lecturers for this RAE. (Underlining indicates an early career lecturer throughout this document.) Support from the UCL Provost’s Strategic Fund (£120k, 2007-10) is enabling SSEES to rebuild a critical mass of expertise in Baltic studies, while SSEES’s position was consolidated by UCL, University of London and HEFCE investment (£14M) in a purpose-designed building incorporating the SSEES Library.
SSEES functions as a UCL department. Academic staff belong to four sub-departments responsible for teaching (East European Languages and Culture; History; Russian; Social Sciences). Research interests are grouped around six interdisciplinary research centres:

  • Centre for Russian Studies
  • Centre for South-East European Studies
  • Centre for the Study of Central Europe
  • Centre for European Politics, Security and Integration
  • Centre for the Study of Social and Economic Change in Europe

and the new inter-institutional collaborative initiative:

  • Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies


Download full text of the RA5a statement for Russian, Slavonic & East European Languages (pdf 356Kb)

Staff names below link to submitted publications:

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