Centre for International Borders Research

Spain/Morrocco border fence, Melilla.
Photo courtesy of Jaume Castan Pinos (2009)
Spain/Morrocco border fence, Melilla. Photo courtesy of Jaume Castan Pinos (2009)

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.

CIBR promotes research activity on international borders, organises conference and seminar events, and hosts a refereed, electronic working paper series.

 

Bridge between Serbian and Albanian communities, Northern Mitrovica.
Photo courtesy of Jaume Castan Pinos (2009)
Bridge between Serbian and Albanian communities, Northern Mitrovica. Photo courtesy of Jaume Castan Pinos (2009)

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.

West Belfast 'peacewall'
'Peace wall' separating predominantly Catholic and Protestant residential areas in West Belfast.

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.

 

Centre for Cross Border Studies, Armagh
Centre for Cross Border Studies, Armagh
Association of Borderlands Studies