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We are an international research network connecting research to policy. Our goal is to build excellence in the knowledge of borders and advance border management in Canada and worldwide.


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BIG_Review provides a forum for academic and creative explorations of borders in the 21st century. In scholarship, policy, and art, this issue provides a remarkable exploration of borderlands, border governance, and border resistance—cross-cut with some distinct thematic interrogations of ‘the real’.



Border Culture: Discussing the Centrality of Peripheral Issues to Renew Border Studies

Join us on March 21st at 9:00am as we welcome Dr. Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary for her Webinar session based on the recent book Border Culture: Theory, Imagination, Geopolitics. This special session in the 21st Century Borders Webinar Series will explore border culture as an evolving framework for encoding the meaning of borders.



International Conference: Borderlands Facing a Polycrisis in the 21st Century – Resilience and Future Perspectives of Cross-Border Relations


Summer Institutes

BIG, with funding from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, offers a series of intensive summer institutes where participants develop comprehensive understandings of borders in the 21 century by learning from top academics and policy experts.

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The Borders in Globalization Books series (BIG_Books) provides a forum for in-depth scholarly explorations of borders in the 21st century. We publish academic works in the Humanities and Social Sciences that explore various aspects of borders in an increasingly globalized world.

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BIG_Review Journal

Borders in Globalization Review (BIG_Review) provides a forum for academic and creative explorations of borders in the 21st century. BIG_Review publishes scholarship (academic articles, essays, research notes, book reviews, and film reviews) as well as artwork (photography, painting, poetry, short stories, and more).

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Each month the BIG_Podcasts program welcomes a new border expert to discuss their work and to reflect on the role of the border. We call on scholars from a variety of disciplines to try to decipher the complexity of borders. New episodes are released on the first Monday of each month.

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Student Spotlight

We are delighted to have student fellows and researchers from around the world! As a way to highlight the work done by our student cohort, each month we will release a new ‘student spotlight’ featuring a different student researcher. Learn about who they are and the research they do for the BIG program!

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Videos & Media

In an effort to highlight and track the work of our people, we try to record as many of our public events as possible. Here you will find recordings of public symposiums, conference presentations, expert interviews, and so much more dating back to the start of the Borders in Globalization program in 2013.

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New Borders in Globalization Partnership Grant

21st Century Borders

The increased prominence of disputes about how to manage, police, and secure borders reveals that the territoriality of borders is under tremendous pressure. This research initiative creates a world-wide network of policy actors and academics to study these challenges and their significant and emerging implications for border policy. We co-produce comparative and policy relevant research with scholars and cross-border organizations working in worldwide. In addition to our 13 formal university partners, this network brings together international and transnational organizations, regional and local organizations, Indigenous led organizations, academic publishers, and a media outlet.