“A central aim of the whole body of work was to show the border as a place, not just a problem, and a place with its own identity and culture”Dr Garrett Carr
What impact did it make?
A FRESH PERSPECTIVE
Carr’s research has transformed public perceptions of the UK-Irish border in Ireland, Britain, Europe and beyond. Reaching millions of people through diverse media, it has shed light on complexities that have enabled a deeper understanding of political issues central to the Brexit process, while also giving a public platform to its residents. In doing so, Carr’s research has also challenged conventional notions of place and mapping, enabling the general public to consider the role and influence of maps in their lives.
The research has brought fresh perspectives on how the border is represented, both visually and in public discourse, and has raised awareness of the on-the-ground reality of the border to millions of people worldwide. In doing so, his work has challenged the way people think about the border: no longer a line on a map but a region distinct from Ireland north and south with its own landscapes, history, customs and people.
- The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border, was shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award.
- The book reached an estimated 3.2miliion listeners when it was serialised by BBC Radio 4 for ‘Book of the Week’.
Impact related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
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- SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities
- SDG 16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions
Impacting in Countries/Regions
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- Creativity and cultural understanding
- Epidemiology, diagnostics and therapeutics for disease control
- Peace, identity, conflict and social sustainability