Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St Andrews

The Centre for Syrian Studies (CSS) at the University of St Andrews, the first academic centre for scholarly research about Syria in the world was established in 2006 with a grant from the Asfari Foundation. The Centre’s aim is to produce scholarly, non-partisan research and analysis of Syria and to ensure its dissemination so that this work can inform debates about Syria and related countries and associated issues. As part of the University’s School of International Relations, the CSS is uniquely placed to provide in-depth understanding, education and knowledge on the complex situation in Syria from a plurality of views.Syria_Talk_023_0047

Since its establishment in 2006 the Centre has grown to include three full-time Syria specialists and a network of over 75 associated fellows. It has also hosted over 20 postgraduate researchers. Its research is disseminated through a variety of channels. ‘Syria Studies’ is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal focused on the politics, socioeconomics and recent history of Syria. The Centre also sponsors ‘Syria Sessions’, a regular round table on Syria, hosts conferences, and is engaged in various scholarly partnerships and activities. In February 2015 the Centre held the first of a number of London events to engage a wider range of Syria experts in their work. Besides its research activities, the Centre plays an important teaching role. To date, 14 students have studied for a PhD, MPhil or Master’s degrees with a specific focus on Syria. These, mostly Syrian, students have enriched the University’s vibrant academic community with their first-hand perspectives and knowledge of Syrian society.

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