Welcome to the website for the Centre of International Borders Research (CIBR).
Here you will find details about the Centre and its activities as well as resources for scholars and students of state borders and borderlands.
Traditional ideas about borders are being challenged in complex and contradictory ways. Yet, borders remain pivotal to practical issues of economic development, social welfare, cultural identity, ethno-national conflict, political surveillance, sovereignty and democracy.
CIBR's research programme addresses the reshaping of borders by contemporary globalisation, European integration and the increasing cross-border flows of goods, people, capital, labour, ideas and information.
We are committed to maintaining and further developing links with other border researchers and centres in Europe, the Americas and elsewhere.
CIBR has links with the Centre for Spatial Territorial Analysis and Research (C-STAR), also in Queen's University Belfast, and co-operates with the Centre for Cross Border Studies which promotes policy-related research on cross border co-operation from its base in Armagh.
CIBR is also in the process of forging links with other research institutions internationally, including with the Association of Borderlands Studies (ABS) with whom it maintains an extensive bibliography on borders.