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CIBR Board

Professor Liam O'Dowd (Director)
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
Founding Director of CIBR and Professor of Sociology, Liam O’Dowd’s research interests and publications include the subject of state borders and border regions in the European Union.  Professor O’Dowd leads the CIBR input into an EU 6th Framework  Programme project EUDimensions on civil society co-operation across the external borders of the enlarged EU.

Professor Hastings Donnan (co-Director)
School of History and Anthropology
Professor of Social Anthropology, Hastings Donnan is interested in comparative anthropological approaches to state borders and has carried out ethnographic fieldwork on borders in Ireland and Pakistan, looking particularly at the intersections of nation, ethnicity and religion.  His work in Ireland explores the experiences and views of Protestants on both sides of the border, while in Pakistan his research has focused on the line of control in Kashmir that separates Pakistan from India.  His research has been funded by the EU, ESRC and the HEA.

Professor Emeritus James Anderson (co-Director)
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology
Emeritus Professor of Human Geography, James Anderson’s research interests are in geopolitics and political territoriality. He is also co-director (as is Liam O’Dowd) of the ESRC-funded international project on Conflict in Cities and the Contested State.


Professor Tom Wilson (co-Director)
Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University, State University of New York
and Visiting Honorary Professor, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, QUB
Professor Wilson's research Interests include international borders and frontiers, supranationalism, ethnic conflict and European integration. He has authored and edited several books on international borders and has directly studied borders in Ireland, Hungary and Canada. He is the currently co-editing the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Border Studies with Hastings Donnan.

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Dr Cathal McCall
School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy
Senior Lecturer in European Studies, Cathal McCall’s research interests include the investigating how EU involvement in promoting cross-border co-operation in the Irish border region compares with its approach to other ‘conflict regions’ inside and outside the EU.

Dr Ian Shuttleworth
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology
Senior Lecturer in Geography, Ian Shuttleworth’s  research expertise includes the subjects of demographic change, commuting and the political economy of international migration. He is Director of the Centre for Spatial Territorial Analysis & Research (C-STAR) at Queen’s.

Dr Katy Hayward
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Katy Hayward’s research interests include the influence of European integration on cross-border cooperation and peace-building, particularly on the island of Ireland. She was previously a Research Fellow on the EU FP5 EUBorderConf project on the EU and border conflicts.