We are constantly updating this page (Spring 2019).
All BIG funded research that has been published by a secondary publisher is listed below with links.
Murray Clamen and Daniel Macfarlane, (eds). (2020). The First Century of the International Joint Commission. University of Calgary Press: Calgary.
This open access book will be available for (free) download or (physical) purchase in December 2019.
The International Joint Commission oversees and protects the shared waters of Canada and the United States. Created by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909, it is one of the world’s oldest international environmental bodies. A pioneering piece of transborder water governance, the IJC has been integral to the modern Canada-United States relationship.
This is the definitive history of the International Joint Commission. Separating myth from reality and uncovering the historical evolution of the IJC from its inception to its present, this collection features an impressive interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners. Examining the many aspects of border waters from east to west The First Century of the International Joint Commission traces the three major periods of the IJC, detailing its early focus on water flow, its middle period of growth and increasing politicization, and its modern emphasis on ecosystems.
Informative, detailed, and fascinating, The First Century of the International Joint Commission is essential reading for academics, contemporary policy makers, governments, and all those interested in sustainability, climate change, pollution, and resiliency along the Canada-US Border.
Heather Nicol and P. Whitney Lackenbauer, eds. (2017). The Networked North: Borders and Borderlands in the Canadian Arctic Region. Edited book with Heather Nicol. Waterloo: Borders in Globalization/Centre on Foreign Policy and Federalism. vi, 198 pp.
The Networked North identifies and addresses key lenses for understanding cross-border cooperation in the North American Arctic under conditions of globalization, climate change and changing international relations. Each chapter focuses upon a particular theme influencing cross border relationships, such as historical legacies, cultural relationships, cross-border flows of people and goods, security arrangements, governance practices and sustainability challenges. Twelve short chapters systematically define the ways in which Arctic and sub-Arctic borderlands are uniquely situated within processes of climate change, devolution, globalization, resurgent indigeneity, and neo-realist geopolitical processes. All authors acknowledge how the North has been reterritorialized by each of these processes in ways that encourage the networked nature of sovereignty and territoriality.
Bordering on Brexit: Views from Local Communities in the Central Border Region of Ireland / Northern Ireland
Katy Hayward. (2017). Bordering on Brexit: Views from Local Communities in the Central Border Region of Ireland / Northern Ireland. Queen's University Belfast.
This report was produced by the Centre for International Borders Research, Queen’s University Belfast on behalf of the Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN) of local authorities in eight councils across both sides of the Irish border. The study used an online survey and focus groups to gather the views of citizens in the Central Border Region of Ireland/Northern Ireland regarding Brexit.
Journal Special Issues
Special Section: Borders, borderlands, and bordering in Canada: The Canadian Geographer: Vol 63, No 1 Spring 2019
The papers in this special issue of The Canadian Geographer / Le géographe canadien elucidate the state of contemporary borders in a world of flows and mobilities, a world where the territoriality of states’ boundary lines is continually challenged by the multiple forms that borders take. The border as “territorial trap” defined by Agnew (1994) has morphed into multiple forms—from boundary line to the fluid limits of transportation systems and regimes of rights. These rights regimes are exceptions to states and provide shelter in cities, or they are regimes of rights that grant free and pre‐cleared flows of goods in and out of countries. They have roots in time‐honoured and formative approaches to human organization and interaction across boundaries of language and other aspects of culture and politics. They align with Indigenous approaches to territoriality and also a‐territorial global rights (United Nations 2007, 2018). And, they may prove critical in navigating the altered geographies of the Anthropocene.
Approaching borders, creating borderland spaces, and exploring the evolving borders between Canada and the United States
Victor Konrad, Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly
Railways and borderlands spaces: The Canada-US case
Frontiérités québécoises : Représentations de la zone transfrontalière québéco‐américaine au Congrès des États‐Unis, 2001–2016
Vincent Boucher, Christophe Cloutier‐Roy, Élisabeth Vallet
Cross‐border freight movements in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region, with insights from passive GPS data
William P. Anderson, Hanna F. Maoh, Kevin Gingerich
Sanctuary Inter/rupted : Borders, illegalization, and unbelonging
Mitra Fakhrashrafi, Jessica P. Kirk, Emily Gilbert
The collective research for this issue received financial support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Partnership Grant 895‐2012‐1022), and from the universities of each of the contributors. We wish to thank Nadine Schuurman and The Canadian Geographer / Le géographe canadien for interest in a special section on borders, and commitment to working with us to bring the project to publication. A special thanks to editorial assistant Ellen Randall for her constant support, vigilance, and efficiency. Thank you as well to all of the anonymous reviewers who provided comments and suggestions to improve the papers. Additional specific and detailed acknowledgements accompany the papers.
Journal of Borderlands Studies Special Section: Alberta, Canada - Integrating Fragmented Borders and Borderlands: Vol 34 No 2: Spring 2019
This issue of Journal of Borderlands Studies examines the context of Alberta: Canada’s fourth largest province by population and third largest in economic terms. Landlocked Alberta is a dynamic, heavily urbanized yet largely resource-driven economy which has experienced considerable economic diversification since the 1980s. The province’s major export sectors, particularly its energy and agri-food sectors, have been transformed by changes to wider regulatory and market structures, major technological innovations, and the opportunities and pressures arising from global and North American commodity price cycles. These shifts have prompted large-scale movements of people and capital, creating substantial ripple effects in both larger and smaller Canadian jurisdictions. However, they have also provoked and been caught up in countervailing social and political tensions across North America with broader implications transcending provincial or national boundaries.
Borders in Globalization: Alberta in a BiG Context
Greg Anderson and Geoffrey Hale
Managing the Regulatory Tangle: Critical Infrastructure Security and Distributed Governance in Alberta’s Major Traded Sectors
Geoffrey Hale and Cailin Bartlett
In this thematic issue, six papers and three short commentaries investigate the evolving nature of borders in the Arctic in an era of climate change and globalization. Together, they illustrate how processes unique to the Arctic, such as sea ice melt and Inuit self-governance, tell a larger story about the co-evolving relationship of people and the environment, and the physical and constructed borders that give them meaning. Arctic human–environment relations are embedded in distinct histories and materialities in which border-making is understood as a multi-scalar arena of subnational and transnational actors, rather than the exclusive domain of the state. At the same time, the Arctic is shaped by powerful agents of change whose impacts span national borders and reconfigure environmental barriers. The papers in this issue reveal the ways in which Arctic climatic, political, economic, and demographic change amount to a transformation in thinking about Arctic borders and bordered spaces. We hope that the Arctic case will stimulate further investigation in borderlands around the world undergoing similarly transformative changes to physical and human systems.
Confronting Borders in the Arctic
Finding the Global Arctic
The “Global Arctic” as a New Geopolitical Context and Method
Lassi Heininen and Matthias Finger
(Un)frozen Spaces: Exploring the Role of Sea Ice in the Marine Socio-legal Spaces of the Bering and Beaufort Seas
Kristen Shake, Karen Frey, Deborah Martin, Philip Steinberg
Challenges of Sea Ice Prediction for Arctic Marine Policy and Planning
Scott Stephenson and Rebecca Pincus
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
Firepower: Geopolitical Cultures in the Anthropocene
Geopolitics 23:3, 2018
Anthropocene Discourse: Geopolitics after Environment
Forthcoming in Handbook of the Changing World Language Map, October 2019
Anthropocene Formations: Environmental Security, Geopolitics and Disaster
Theory, Culture & Society 34:2-3, 2017
Climate geopolitics: Securing the Global Economy
International Politics 52:4, 2015
On "Not Being Persecuted": Territory, Security, Climate
in Life Adrift: Climate Change, Migration, Critique, 2017
Contextual Changes in Earth History: From the Holocene to the Anthropocene — Implications for Sustainable Development and for Strategies of Sustainable Transition
in Handbook on Sustainability Transition and Sustainable Peace, 2016
Climate Security in the Anthropocene: ‘Scaling up’ the Human Niche
in Reimagining Climate Change, 2016
"Precarity" of the Territorialized State: Immigrants Re-drawing and Re-mapping the Borders
Journal of Borderland Studies 31:4, 2016
Networks of Hate: The Alt-right, “Troll Culture”, and the Cultural Geography of Social Movement Spaces Online
Edwin Hodge & Helga Hallgrimsdottir
Journal of Borderland Studies, 2019
Border Disputes and Identity in Anglophone British Columbia: 1859–1903
Journal of Borderland Studies, 2019
Kathryn Freidman, Director of Cross-Border and International Research, University at Buffalo (SUNY), wrote four policy briefs from BIG-supported research:
Transboundary Governance Capacity in the Arctic: Insights for Effective Arctic Governance
What Does It Mean to be a Binational Region in a Globalized World? Cross-Border Innovation and Community Prosperity in Southern Ontario and Western New York
Gazing into Our Crystal Ball in 2017: The Stakeholder Role in Facilitating Flows at the Canada-U.S. Border
Eutrophication in the Great Lakes: New Policy Tools for Ensuring a Thriving Great Lakes System