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Borders in Globalization

CIBR is proud to be a partner of the Borders in Globalization (BIG) project ( funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. BIG is an innovative, integrative, and sustainable network of academic partners from Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, which is engaged with non-academic organizations that are involved in the management of borders and borderlands in Canada and worldwide.

The basic goal is to build excellence in the knowledge and understanding of borders.  To this end, the partners will work together to create new policy and foster knowledge transfer in order to address such globalization forces as security, trade and migration flows, and also to understand the forces of technology, self-determination and regionalization that are affecting borders and borderlands in regions around the world.

BIG is directed by Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly from the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Victor Konrad at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) co-directs the project. There are ten university partners in Canada: Carleton, école Nationale d’Administration Publique, Lethbridge, Ottawa, Regina, RMCC, Sherbrooke, Trent, Université du Québec à Montréal, and Wilfrid Laurier; and eleven from around the world, including Queen's University Belfast: Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez (Mexico), Ben-Gurion University (Israel), Radboud University (The Netherlands), University of Eastern Finland, Université de Grenoble (France), University of Luxembourg, University of Southern Denmark, The University at Buffalo (SUNY), and Western Washington University.

The stakeholder partners with CIBR for the case of the Ireland/UK border are the Centre for Cross-Border Studies and Cooperation Ireland.