The consortium brings together established competence centres across three partner institutions:

Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS) at the University of Tartu, Estonia is a multidisciplinary centre for research and teaching. It serves as a contact point for scholars, students and experts who share an interest in the evolving relationship between the European Union and the Russian Federation. CEURUS coordinates and sponsors a variety of activities related to research, teaching and public outreach. Building on Tartu’s long history as a meeting place of ideas and cultures at the border of Europe and Russia, the Centre welcomes international students into its study programmes and is open to cooperation with scholars from both the East and the West. CEURUS is based within the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu.

Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) (formerly Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, UCRS) at Uppsala University is an integrated multi-disciplinary long-term research programme with an in-depth focus on recent developments in Russia and in the post-Soviet space. It is designed to meet the highest international standards of scientific excellence and spans across the humanities and the social sciences, as well as law and theology. Recognising the strategic importance that developments in Russia and the post-Soviet space have to society and to the business sector, the Institute is designed to serve not only as a centre of scientific excellence, but also as national resource centre. The research ambition is divided into three thematic areas: State and Market, Identity Formation and Russia and the Post-Soviet area.

The Global Europe Centre (GEC) at the University of Kent, UK, is a research centre focusing on Europe, its member states and its place in a changing world. The Centre brings together leading international academics from politics and international relations, economics, law, business and European culture in order to explore the contemporary policy challenges to Europe and its nation states. GEC has a strong track record of engagement with policy makers and informing decision making in London and in Brussels.  The Centre runs high level consultancy and professional development programmes as well as learning, teaching and knowledge exchange activities and Global Europe Student Forum.  The GEC is based within the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) and at the Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS), University of Kent.