Border research


I) Project name

BIG - Border regions in globalisation

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada

BIG is directed by Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly from the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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: Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez (Mexico), Ben-Gurion University (Israel), Radboud University (The Netherlands), Queen’s University Belfast, University of Eastern Finland, Université de Grenoble (France), University of Luxembourg, University of Southern Denmark, The University at Buffalo (SUNY), and Western Washington University.
Several non-academic partners, such as Peipsi CTC.

Borders in Globalization (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. Border studies are global in reach, and so we ground our core partnership in Canada and associate with key research centers worldwide. This provides support for a global policy-research agenda that serves Canadian interests.
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.

Activities: round-tables between policy makers and academics that inform all our work from its inception; Round-tables lead to research, policy forums, summer schools, conferences, policy reports, briefs and books, and inform both theory and practice related to orders.

II Project name: 

„EUBORDERREGIONS. European Regions, EU External Borders and the Immediate Neighbours. Analysing Regional Development Options through Policies and Practices of Cross-Border Co-operation"

Project is supported by: EC,  7th Framework Programme  (FP 7)

Project duration: March 2011-February 2015

Project partners: 14 universities and research institutes with lead partnership by Karelian Institute, 
University of Eastern Finland

onian coordinato
r: Margit Säre, margitsare @

Project websit
Project summary:

EUBORDERRREGIONS is a research project, with objective to identify challenges to economic, social and territorial cohesion as well as regional development potentials in different borderlands at the EU’s external frontiers.

The five regional contexts that connect the EU with its immediate neighbourhood are the focus of the research:

- Northeastern Europe / the Barents Sea Region

- Baltic Sea basin,

- Eastern Dimensions: e.g. Poland/Hungary-Ukraine, Romania-Moldova

- South-Eastern Europe / the Black Sea basin.

- The Euro-Mediterranean context: Southern Italian and Spanish regions

The project contextualises development issues in selected EU “Borderlands” with regard to interaction between the EU and countries of the immediate “neighbourhood”. Within the context of these challenges, the regions ehere are struggling to define new opportunities for social and economic development and are also attempting to create greater capacities for territorial cooperation with other regions. 

The project is investigating the consequences of increasing cross-border interaction for the development of regions at the EU’s external borders and, in this way, contribute to scientific and policy debate on the economic, social and territorial cohesion within the EU.

ESTONIAN-RUSSIAN Case study report


Interactions and Experiences at EU External Frontiers; 27-28 November 2014 in Tartu and Värska. PROGRAM 

Documentary film on the Estonian-Russian border area