CEURUS coordinates and facilitates research in the field of EU-Russia studies conducted at the University of Tartu, bringing together scholars with diverse disciplinary backgrounds. The research mission of CEURUS is to combine scientific skills with in-depth knowledge of the geographical areas concerned in order to conduct high-quality research that responds to the interests and needs of the scholarly community, policy-makers and the society at large. Conceiving EU-Russia studies in broad terms, CEURUS focuses on a complex set of issues and relationships involving the Russian Federation, European institutions, individual EU member states and the broader neighbourhood. The rationale for promoting research in this thematic area at the University of Tartu stems from the realization that the interaction between these two major international actors – the European Union and the Russian Federation – has important implications for the future of the continent and is crucially important for the countries „in between.“
The research activities of the Centre for EU-Russia Studies are currently organized in six substantive research clusters (RCs). Linked to the research clusters are a number of externally funded research projects. The Centre puts special emphasis on training and advising young scholars, serving as a contact point for graduate students and UT faculty working in this field. Finally, scholars affiliated with the Centre continue to conduct policy-relevant research commissioned by governments, European institutions and think tanks.