Post-Doctoral Fellow | BIG_Podcasts Host

Benjamin Perrier

BIG | Jean Monnet Human-to-Military Security Database Project

Benjamin Perrier is a Post-Doctoral Fellow working with both the Borders in Globalization program and the Jean Monnet Database Project. His work focuses on the theoretical and legal renewal of the territorial borders of the States in the era of globalization. He is writing a book about the concept of “postmodern border” which proposes that the border is not only analyzable by the territory and by the inter-state level but rather by the prism of the relationships between legal orders (national, international, European, global). This angle of analysis allows both to better understand the legal dimensions of the territorial border in globalization and to better understand the phenomenon of legal globalization through the prism of the interaction between legal orders. His specific areas of research include the legal regime of the border, cross-border territorial cooperation law, transnational and global law, and environmental regionalization. More generally, his disciplines are Public Law, Public International Law, EU Law, and the Theory and Philosophy of Law.

Ben also manages and hosts our BIG_Podcasts series where each month he welcomes a new border expert to discuss their work and to reflect on the role of the border.

Benjamin Perrier


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.


225 Years in the Making: How Canadian Universities Honour the Jay Treaty Through Cross-Border Tuition Policies

Join us on November 22nd at 9:00am as we welcome Michael O’Shea for his presentation on the Jay Treaty and how Canadian universities can bring their committments to Indigenization and reconciliation in line with the Jay Treaty, the calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.



Borders in Flux and Border Temporalities In and Beyond Europe

This December 15th-16th we are hosting a conference on Borders in Flux and Border Temporalities, exploring border practices, border discourses, and analyses of border regimes and life at the border in Europe. This conference is a collaboration with TEIN and C²DH and features Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly as a keynote speaker.



Post-Doc Fellow 2022

The BIG Program is offering a 1-Year Post-Doctoral position. The successful candidate will work directly with the BIG Database and Jean Monnet Database teams. Familiarity with border studies, border literatures, and/or related disciplines, as well as experience using MyQSL software are considered assets.


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.