UPTAKE: Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies at the Universities of Tartu, Uppsala and Kent

Project leader

Stefan Hedlund

Project period


Project description

A three-year “twinning” project funded by the European Commission, to be undertaken together with the Centre for EU-Russia Studies at Tartu University and the School of Politics and International Relations at Kent University. The funds have been allocated from the EU’s “Horizon 2020” Work Programme 2014-2015. To be known as “UPTAKE” (UPsala-TArtu-KEnt), the project is designed to enhance research productivity and excellence at Tartu, and to promote the international visibility and integration of all three partners in the field of Russian and East European Studies. More specific components are to organize an annual international conference at Tartu, to hold an UPTAKE lecture series at Tartu, to promote inter-institutional academic mobility and the formulation of joint research projects and proposals, to organize international summer and winter schools for PhD students and postdocs, and much more. The project is being led from Tartu. Main responsibility at Uppsala rests with Professor Stefan Hedlund.

Events in connection to the project

First Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies "Europe under Stress: The End of a Common  Dream?”, 12–14 June 2016, University of Tartu, Estonia. For more information please visit official conference website.

Major funding source

European Commission, EU’s “Horizon 2020” Work Programme 2014-2015.