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Open Online Course: European Borders without Walls - What can the world learn from EU border and immigration policies?
September - December 2018 REGISTER NOW!

Course description

The recent and ongoing migration situation in and around Europe is forcing European policy makers to address past and future challenges to integration. The decisions they are making will have a long-standing impact on the EU. This course examines how the responses to the crisis are shaping Europe’s borders, migration and related security policies in exemplary ways from a comparative perspective and context.  

The material for this course develops from an EU funded research programme led by UVic with a network of partners in France, Turkey, Japan and Canada. This network conducts innovative and forward-looking research comparing the EU’s evolving border, migration and security policies to policies in Canada, France, Japan and Turkey. The activities in the course are aimed at engaging the greater public, undergraduate and graduate students, young researchers and professors, along with the policy makers in each community.

The course material draws on research conducted by the network and features 12 units developed by Prof. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly:

  1. General introduction: Defining borders
  2. Is our world a borderless world: Borders in history
  3. Cultures and borders
  4. Political communities and borders
  5. Market and functional linkages and borders
  6. Governments and borders
  7. Security policies and borders
  8. Environmental policies and borders
  9. Immigration and borders
  10. Border disputes
  11. Theorizing borders: Borders as a cultural, social, or political object
  12. Theorizing borders: Borders as a functional object

Each unit uses a video presentation by the professor and includes diverse learning activities including video-clips, short readings, quizzes, and discussion forums. Although it is highly recommended you keep pace with the course, you can follow the course material at your own pace. Participating in a timely manner will provide access to a wide range of debates on the history, culture, economics, sustainability, security and governance of borders.

This course is open on a non-credit basis to professionals in the public and private sector, academics, border and migration scholars, and community members with a strong interest in issues of borders and migration; it is co-funded by the Jean Monnet Network: Comparing and Contrasting EU Border and Migration Policy through the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. 

The course is also open to UVic students as an undergraduate credit course (EUS490 CRN 13832), assessed according to university standards and subject to tuition fees. UVic students please contact eusprog[at]uvic[dot]ca



Post Doctoral Fellowship in Border Studies: University of Victoria

Position Summary: The University of Victoria invites applications for two Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Border Studies at the School of Administration and the Center for Global Studies under the supervision of Prof. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly. These fellowships provide individuals the opportunity to be integrated into an international network of scholars. Job responsibilities focus around publications (book series, special journal issues, etc.) for the research program and include: reviewing, editing and contributing to publications of research prepared by the worldwide members of the BIG research program. Other duties may include: teaching online courses; and organizing conferences, workshops, seminars and summer schools. The PDF is also expected to present his/her research twice yearly, and to publish at least one original research paper under the aegis of BIG.

To apply, please forward the following to borders[at]uvic[dot]ca:

  • A complete curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research interests, related experience and future goals
  • E-mail contact details for three referees
  • 2-3 research publications that best demonstrate your fit for the position

For additional details, required qualifications, and position information see the Post Doc Call.

Cross-Border Research Fellowship

The Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University and the Borders in Globalization SSHRC Research Program at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria invite emerging scholars and policy professionals to apply for a Visiting Research Fellowship. This joint appointment between two universities with established border studies programs offers a unique opportunity to conduct cross-border, policy-relevant research in the Cascadia border region. 

Click here for more information.

Open Online course, EU Borders without Walls September 19 - November 28, 2017

Borders in Globalization and the European Union Centre of Excellence at the University of Victoria offer an online course, EU Borders without Walls, to students, experts, officials, and interested community members. Policy makers must increasingly deal with the multiple and complex activities of governments and the actions of private and public organizations across international boundaries. In this online survey course you will have access to a wide range of literature on border studies including the history, culture, economics and security of borders. Learn more or register through the Continuing Education website at UVic.

MA and PhD places available in the Department of Geography, Carleton University, Ottawa Canada

Carleton University's Department of Geography has places available for fall, 2017, in the MA and PhD programs in Geography. This provides opportunities for graduate study in border research at one of Canada's leading border studies programs. Border research at Carleton is found in a broad range of social sciences, humanities and applied public affairs programs. For more information contact Dr. Elyn Humphreys, Graduate Studies Coordinator, DGES, Carleton (elyn.humphreys[at]carleton[dot]ca).

Graduate Student Funding at Carleton University - January 2017

Carleton University Faculty of Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Affairs will award five scholarships of $6000 each to 2017 incoming graduate students working on aspects of border studies. The scholarships will be part of the FGPA offer at intake. For more information, please contact Dr. Victor Konrad at Carleton University.

For more information on how to apply to Carleton University, please visit the Carleton Graduate Admissions website.

Graduate Student Funding at the University of Victoria - January 2017

The School of Public Administration (SPA) at the University of Victoria, through the Borders in Globalization research program and the Jean Monnet Initiative Comparing and Contrasting EU Border and Migration Policy, has funding for graduate students interested in pursuing research on border and/or migration policy. Applicants to SPA are automatically considered for funding, but priority will be given to those applicants who indicate interest in their letter of intent.  For more information, please contact Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, Director of BIG and Professor at the University of Victoria. 

For more information on how to apply, please visit the School of Public Administration website

MITACS Globalink Research Internships - Apply by September 20, 2016!

BIG colleague Dr. Martin Geiger, Assistant Professor of “Politics of Human Migration and Mobility” at Carleton University, has received 12 positions for senior undergraduate students to work with him for four months (2017) on one of the themes listed below (3 positions available in each theme).  Students must apply directly to MITACS before September 20, 2016.

  1. The Global Race for Talent: STEM Migration, International and Local Stakeholders
  2. Migration Management and the Migration & Development Nexus: International and Local Stakeholders
  3. Border Security and Migration Management: Role and Activities of Private Corporations and International Organizations
  4. Post-Disaster Displacement and Migration Management: Assessing the Role of International Organizations

The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates from Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia. From May to September of each year, top-ranked applicants participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.

For more information, including how to apply, visit MITACS Globalink.

Online credit course on Northern Borders - January-April 2016

Borders in Globalization and the University of Victoria offer an online course, Borders in the North, to students at our partners' institutions. The course explores the themes of the research program and looks specifically at northern borders. There is a summer institute scheduled for June 20-22, 2016 in Whitehorse, Yukon, which forms the face-to-face component of the course. Both students and non-students are welcome to participate. For more information, contact the Program Manager.

Call for EU-Borders Visiting Researcher – Summer 2016

The Borders in Globalization project, European Union Centre of Excellence and Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria invite border experts in Europe, Canada or abroad to apply for a Visiting Fellowship appointment at the Centre for the Summer of 2016 (May - August). There is one position available.

Value: $5,000

Eligibility: The fellowships are open to Canadian and international scholars; emeritus scholars; new scholars; scholars on sabbatical leave from their regular academic appointments. Consideration will also be given to professionals from NGOs, governments, think tanks, and other organizations working on border-research.

Application Requirements (consolidate in one .pdf file in this order):

  1. Descriptive title that clearly identifies the subject of the project
  2. Detailed statement of the research proposal/project objectives and methodology in a form that is directed to an interdisciplinary review committee and that clearly demonstrates how the project fits with the topic of EU Borders (maximum 500 words)
  3. Up-to-date curriculum vitae
  4. Names and contact info of two experts who might evaluate the the proposed project.

The Centre may also choose to solicit the opinions of other referees

Application Deadlines: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 23:59 PST.

Please see Call for Applications for application guidelines and more information.

ASI Graduate Student Internship Opportunities - March 2015

ASI, a cultural heritage resource consulting firm headquartered in Toronto, is offering two paid 16 week graduate student internship opportunities beginning May 4 2015.

The two internship topics are:

Final applications must be received by 5:00 pm on March 27th, 2015 and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in early April.

BIG-UVic Graduate Students Fellowships Call for Applicants - January 2015

See the call here

Call for Summer 2015 EU-Borders Visiting Researcher – November 2014

The Borders in Globalization Project (BIG) and European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) in partnership with the University of Victoria's Centre for Global Studies, invites border experts in Canada and abroad to apply for Visiting Fellowship appointments at the Centre for the Summer of 2015 (May - August). For more information on the visiting fellows program and application requirements click here, the application deadline is November 17, 2014.

Borders in Globalization Inaugural Conference Call for Papers - Spring 2014

September 25-27, 2014, Ottawa ON, Canada. See the conference webpage for more information.


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