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Graphic element for CBEES - the Centre for Baltic and East European StudiesThe Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) is tasked with stimulating, coordinating and developing Södertörn University’s research and doctoral education. It has a particular focus on studies of the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe and conducts its own research.

Since it was founded in 2005, CBEES has become a strong and thriving multidisciplinary research environment. The centre is a hub for cooperation throughout the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe, organising international conferences, seminars and workshops. The researchers’ expertise is in demand both within academia and in public debate. Research in the area is reflected in the international Baltic Worlds journal.

Many international visiting researchers have passed through the centre of the years, and more than 90 doctoral students have studied at BEEGS, the Baltic and East European Graduate School.


Södertörn University conducts extensive research, focusing on the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe, at all four academic schools. Many research projects are funded via the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, while others receive funding from other sources. With a focus on ciritcal area studies, CBEES, the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies, is the university’s research centre for research on the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe.

Research at Södertörn University is conducted in the fields of social science, the humanities, natural science and technology. Much of the focus on the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe is characterised by its multidisciplinarity.

Currently, there are three research profiles:

  • Politics of Space
    The Politics of Space is about transforming places, territories, regions and other subareas into actors and institutions, as well as into arguments and figures of speech in their own ontological right. It takes political will and ideational framing to transform spaces from arenas for action into units and actors that generate action.
  • Identity and citizenship
    Over the last few decades, an increasing number of scholars have pointed to the ways in which citizenship and identity are inextricably linked together. Whether we investigate past or present regimes, power relations or processes of social change, this is the case in one way or another. Indeed, people’s identity is at the core not only of their position within a specific regime and their rights and responsibilities as citizens, but also of the ways in which political mobilisation for social change emerges, transforms or are sustained over time.
  • Memory and heritage
    In the shaping of subjectivities and identities, in distributing material and cultural assets, in claiming territories, rights, and justice, and in the envisioning of futures, modern societies invariably appeal to the authority of the past. In the 20th century, the past became indispensable in a qualitatively new role, as the witness and the arbiter of the present.

You can read more about our research profiles in the menu to the right.

CBEES is tasked with coordinating, stimulating and developing the research area and is a dynamic meeting place for Swedish and international research that focuses on the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe. CBEES plays a particularly important role for research through its international contacts and networks.

Doctoral level education at the Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS) is conducted through cooperation between CBEES and the university’s academic schools/research areas for doctoral studies.