The VERA Centre operates across faculties and campuses at the University of Eastern Finland. The research projects at the Centre have involved collaboration with the Aleksanteri Institute and other institutes at the University of Helsinki, the Finnish Institute for International Affairs, the University of Tampere, the University of Oulu, and other Finnish universities. Its researchers also participate actively in national networks dedicated to the study of borders and border areas, ethnic issues and transnationalism as well as Russia and other countries of the former communist bloc – The Finnish Association for Russian and East European Studies (FAREES), the Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU), the ExpREES MA and the FRRESH PhD networks for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
The VERA Centre also has extensive cooperation and collaboration with researchers and institutes active in Border Studies and Russian and Eurasian Studies around the world, from Japan to Canada. It is also prominent in international networks such as the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS), Borders in Globalization (BIG), Border Regions in Transition (BRIT), and the International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES).
Researchers of the VERA Centre actively participate in projects with actors outside academia, e.g. the European Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Finnish Immigration Service, and the Regional Council of North Karelia.