Dr Derek Averre is Reader in Russian Foreign and Security Policy at the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES), University of Birmingham. He has been a member of CREES since 1991, first as a Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow working on an ongoing 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.
His research interests include Russian foreign policy, politics and security in Eurasia and arms control/nonproliferation issues. He has published two co-edited books, two journal special issues and numerous journal articles on these themes in International Affairs, European Security, Problems of Post-Communism, Europe-Asia Studies, Demokratizatsiya and others, as well as several book chapters.
He has organised and presented widely at both academic and policy-related conferences and seminars in the UK, Europe, Russia and North America. He has submitted oral and written evidence at recent House of Commons and House of Lords inquiries and maintains strong links with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He is also on the editorial board of European Security.