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Eurasia Initiative

Topographical map of Eurasia

The Eurasia Initiative is devoted to the study of the states and societies of the former USSR as well as their many links with Afghanistan, China, Iran, Russia, Turkey, and other neighbours.

An undertaking of the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES), the Initiative joins in the Munk School's mission of interdisciplinary collaboration with a focus on innovative challenges to the prevailing ideas that shape our understanding of Europe, Asia, and the world.

Necessarily diverse in its orientation, the Eurasia Initiative brings together scholars who examine a wide range of topics through various interdisciplinary lenses, including development, governance, justice, migration, interstate and interethnic relations, protest mobilization, social transformation, and state-society divides.

The Eurasia Initiative builds upon the historic strengths of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES). Founded in 1963, CREES operated as a hub for the study of Soviet space. By the end of the Cold War, CREES’s academic profile and research mission had grown considerably and positioned it to seize the many opportunities for research, teaching, and training opportunities that were created by the fall of communist regimes. The Eurasia Initiative carries on this tradition, maintaining the Centre’s place at the forefront of geographically focused research and training on Europe and Eurasia.

Student success is at the core of the CERES mission, and the Eurasia Initiative shares that goal. Students may engage with international field experience, internal events, and a core network of peers and faculty in order to explore their regional interests and push the boundaries of their perspectives.

Affiliated faculty

  • Edward Schatz
    Director, CERES
    Director, Eurasia Initiative

    Director, Belt and Road in Global Perspective
  • Lucan Ahmad Way
    Professor, Department of Political Science
    Cross Appointment, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
  • Matthew Light
    Associate Professor of Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
    Affiliated Faculty, CERES
  • Cassandra Hartblay
    Assistant Professor, Department of Health & Society, UTSC
    Graduate Faculty, Department of Anthropology
    Affiliated Faculty, CERES
    Director, Centre for Global Disability Studies
  • Kenzie Burchell
    Assistant Professor of Journalism
  • Seva Gunitsky
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
    Affiliated Faculty, CERES