The ninth annual update to the UTREES online database listing British and Irish university theses in Russian and East European studies has added a further 224 entries from a record number of 67 institutions, taking the total of thesis titles listed up to 5,160.

The database was set up to continue the centennial bibliography University Theses in Russian, Soviet and East European Studies 1907-2006, which was published by the MHRA in 2008, and to improve access to its contents. The MHRA still supports UTREES, which is free to access at and allows searches by keyword, subject, area and a range of other terms. As a record of postgraduate research in an interdisciplinary field of study, it is probably the fullest as well as the longest (chronologically) in the world.

As usual, the update shows the immense variety of topics being addressed in current doctoral research. They include anticorruption campaigns in former Yugoslavia; composers and the Ballets Russes; Russian social networks on the web; and Chechen refugees in Poland. And it’s hard to imagine the fieldwork needed for some investigations, such as the economics of hashish production in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan.

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Gregory Walker

Editor, UTREES