The Project
Research Papers
Mapping Frontiers, Plotting Pathways: Routes to North-South Co-operation in a Divided Island


This is a two-year collaborative project, commissioned by the Higher Education Authority in the Republic, between the Institute of Governance, Centre for International Borders Research and Centre for Cross Border Studies at Queen's, with the participation of Democratic Dialogue, and the Institute for British-Irish Studies and Institute for the Study of Social Change at UCD.

The project, which is funded through the European Union Programme for Peace and Reconciliation ("Peace II"), consists of three parts:

  • Borders and their consequences: a comparative perspective (including attention to Korea, Vietnam, Germany, Cyprus, Sri Lanka, Tyrol, Alsace-Lorraine, Schleswig)
  • The Irish border as a social divide, focusing on the political and administrative background and interchanges and transactions in the social, economic and cultural fields;
  • Pathways for promoting cross-border contact, co-operation and mutual understanding:
    mapping efforts to promote cross-border co-operation since the 1980s;
         under arrangements arising from the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement;
         indicative in-depth studies to probe different forms of cross-border co-operation

Project dates: April 2004 to April 2006

Further information
Project Overview (PDF)
Presentation (Powerpoint)
Project Leaflet (PDF)