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CIBR Workpackage leader on new FP7 project

EUBORDERSCAPES Bordering, Political Landscapes and Social Arenas: Potentials and Challenges of Evolving Border Concepts in a post-Cold War World. Project selected under Scheme: Large Scale Collaborative Project, (Call identifier FP7-SSH-2011-1, SSH-2011-4.2.1) The evolving concept of borders. CIBR is Workpackage (WP) leader, coordinated by Dr Cathal McCall, for the WP 'Cross-Border Co-operation and Conflict Amelioration'. This WP will receive stg£300,000 in funding with the project receiving €8,000,000 in total. The project began in June 2012 with the inaugural workshop in Berlin and runs until 2016.


New CIBR working paper from Professor John Agnew

We are delighted to announce the latest addition to the CIBR working paper series: a paper by the political geographer, John Agnew, Professor of Geography at Queen's University Belfast and Distinguished Professor of Geography at UCLA. The paper, titled 'Balkan Borders: The good, the bad and the ugly', analyses what Agnew describes as 'the practical and ethical equivocality of borders' using three illustrations of 'good, bad and ugly' cases.

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Companion to Border Studies

Thomas M. Wilson and Hastings Donnan (eds)

The Companion to Border Studies, edited by two of CIBR's co-directors, Thomas M. Wilson and Hastings Donnan, has recently been published by Wiley-Blackwell.

The Companion introduces an exciting and expanding field of interdisciplinary research, through the writing of an international array of scholars, from diverse perspectives that include anthropology, development studies, geography, history, political science and sociology. Specifically, it:

  • Explores how nations and cultural identities are being transformed by their dynamic, shifting borders where mobility is sometimes facilitated, other times impeded or prevented
  • Offers an array of international views which together form an authoritative guide for students, instructors and researchers
  • Reflects recent significant growth in the importance of understanding the distinctive characteristics of borders and frontiers, including cross-border cooperation, security and controls, migration and population displacements, hybridity, and transnationalism


conflict in cities

International Conference 


Queen's University Belfast, 19-21 May 2011 

This multi-disiplinary Conference was held at Queen’s University Belfast on 19 – 21 May 2011. It was organised and sponsored by the Conflict in Cities and the Contested State ESRC Research Project (2007 – 2012). The Conference was also co-sponsored by the World Bank and the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council. It brought together over 170 scholars and practitioners from 15 countries who addressed contested cities in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East.

The adoption of a multi-dimensional and multi-level approach promoted broad-ranging interpretations and animated discussion of the nature and dynamics of conflicts, both historical and contemporary, in ethno-nationally divided cities.  These interwoven and, at times, competing understandings were evident in the 87 academic, policy and practice-based papers presented.  Topics ranged from the interrelationships between empires, national states and cities through urban planning, architecture and regeneration, cultural heritage, everyday life, urban public space, art, violence, conflict management, resistance and agonistic urbanism.


For more detail, and a copy of the conference reader, please visit the conference website:



The Blackwell Companion to Border Studies

Thomas M. Wilson and Hastings Donnan are editing a new borders volume, The Blackwell Companion to Border Studies, projected publication date 2011.

The prospectus for the book is outlined in the section of this website on Joint CIBR Publications.   

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