CCBS Director, Ruth Taillon, CCBS Board Member and QUB Lecturer Dr Katy Hayward, and QUB Postgraduate Research Student Matthew O’Neill travelled to Ottawa, Canada for the Borders in Globalization 2nd International Conference on 6 – 8 December. The panel at which they presented – on the consequences of Brexit – could not have been more timely, as just hours before the EU and the UK had agreed their joint report on progress during phase 1 of negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the United Kingdom’s orderly withdrawal from the European Union. Katy Hayward opened the session with a presentation on why Northern Ireland/Ireland needs a unique post-Brexit arrangement; followed by Ruth Taillon, who spoke on the challenges to health and social care on the island of Ireland as a consequence of Brexit and Matthew O’Neill’s presentation on Brexit and the Digital Single Market.
Borders in Globalization (BIG) is a network of academic partners from Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, which is engaged with non-academic organisations that are involved in the management of borders and borderlands in Canada and worldwide. Partners are working together to create new knowledge in order to address such globalization forces as security, trade and migration flows, and also to understand the forces of technology, self-determination and regionalisation that are affecting borders and borderlands in regions around the world. Katy Hayward is one of the network’s international leads.