UPTAKE is placing a strong emphasis on the communication of research outcomes to various stakeholders and the wider audience. The consortium is working to ensure that the new knowledge generated by the UPTAKE scholars is taken up and embedded in the community and that public policies – including highly consequential choices in foreign and security policy – are based on accurate information, sound evidence, and solid analysis.

The consortium seeks to generate high-quality research findings that live up to the highest scientific and scholarly standards. The consortium will produce a range of research outputs, including academic publications (articles, monographs, edited volumes, book chapters, working papers, etc) as well as products designed for non-academic audiences (e.g. policy and briefing papers, reports, expert assessments, and articles in the media).

Providing open access to publications resulting from the projects is a central element of our knowledge management strategy. Articles, resulting from the work of the consortium, published in any journal will be self-archived for gratis public use in institutional or subject-based repositories (Green Open Access).


7 March Andrey Makarychev (Tartu) participated at a roundtable “The Way Ahead for EU-Russia Relations” at the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute/International Centre for Defence and Security.

8 March Andrey Makarychev (Tartu) participated at the Baltic Defence College’s Annual Conference on Russia “Russia in 2018: Challenges and responses?”

16 April Piret Ehin (Tartu) participated in an high-level expert discussion on Russian domestic developments and foreign policy at the International Centre for Defense Studies in Tallinn. The discussion was attended by senior experts and officials affiliated with Swedish and Estonian think tanks and government agencies.

17 April Andrey Makarychev (Tartu) and Alexandra Yatsyk (Uppsala) participated at the book presentation “Boris Nemtsov and Russian Politics” and discussion at the Estonian School of Diplomacy, Tallinn.  See video recording here.


16 February UPTAKE joint panel at Baltic Defence College Third Annual Conference on Russia at Tartu, Estonia.

23 February Viacheslav Morozov (Tartu) at the University of Zurich at the seminar Russian Foreign Policy and the Issue of Legitimacy.

27 March Viacheslav Morozov (Tartu) at the opening event of the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin, Germany.

31 March – 2 April Kent scholars participated at BASEES 2107 annual conference in Cambridge.

Prof Richard Sakwa participated in a number of round tables at the conference. He also chaired the key roundtable ‘Reflection on the collapse of the Soviet Union’. Speakers included Leonid Kravchuk, Stanislau Shushkevich and Gennady Burbulis.

Camille Merlen, Rabekah Everett and Zach Paikin organised a panel, titled ‘Sovereignty: How Russia sees itself, its neighbours, and the world’. The panel’s discussant was Dr Peter Duncan (UCL).