August 28, 2013

European Border Regions in Comparison

European Border Regions in Comparison: Overcoming Nationalistic Aspects or Re-Nationalization? Edited by Katarzyna Stoklosa, Gerhard Besier Contents Part I: Territorial Disputes and Questions of Identity Part II: Cross-Border Co-Operation Part III: Perceptions of Borders and Border Regimes Part IV: Prejudices, Stereotypes and Nationalism Publishing: Dec 2013—US / Jan 2014—UK HB: 978-0-415-72589-9 | $125 / £80.00 […]

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July 1, 2013

Border Development Zone project launched

The Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) and the International  Centre for Local and Regional  Development (ICLRD) today launched their new project: ‘Towards a Border Development Zone’. This innovative research and conference project will explore the potential of a joint economic development approach across the whole Irish and Northern Irish cross-border region, from Derry to […]

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June 27, 2013

The Centre for Cross Border Studies is seeking a RESEARCH AND POLICY MANAGER

The Centre for Cross Border Studies is seeking a Research and Policy Manager to take overall responsibility for the research and policy analysis functions of the Centre. In particular, this will involve a major role in developing and testing tools to be used in capacity-building training for cross-border cooperation and working closely with policy-makers and […]

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June 25, 2013

President Higgins keynote speaker at second 1912-1923 conference

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, was the keynote speaker at the second in the series of all-island 1912-1923 conferences organised by Universities Ireland in Dublin’s Liberty Hall on 15th June. The conference was entitled ‘1912-1923: Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution – The Cause of Labour’ and was attended by 150 […]

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June 5, 2013

Ruth Taillon succeeds Andy Pollak as Director

Ruth Taillon, formerly Deputy Director, has taken over as Director of the Centre from founding Director Andy Pollak. Ruth has been with the Centre since 2009.  Before that she was Research Coordinator with Border Action (a partnership of Combat Poverty Agency and Pobal) and Director of the West Belfast Economic  Forum. Andy Pollak will retire […]

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May 7, 2013

BORDER-ZINE – 1st Issue out today

The new email newsletter ‘BORDER-ZINE‘ has been launched today and should be landing in inboxes across Ireland, Europe and the rest of the world anytime now. If you are not already receiving BORDER-ZINE and would like to read the newsletter, please email to be included on our mailing list or complete the form at […]

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April 23, 2013

Call for tenders for five Border Development Zone studies

A call went out today for researchers to submit tenders to carry out five scoping studies for the ‘Towards a Border Development Zone’ research and conference project, part of the Centre’s INICCO-2 group of projects funded by the EU INTERREG programme. The studies are on a strategy and structure for a possible Border Development Zone, […]

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April 10, 2013

Head of NI Civil Service launches 2013 Journal of Cross Border Studies

The 2013 Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland was launched in Belfast today [9 April 2013] by the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service and the Permanent Secretary of OFMDFM, Dr Malcolm McKibbin. He also formally launched the Centre’s eight new research, training and information projects for the period 2013-2015 (under the title INICCO-2)(see Research). […]

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February 21, 2013

CCBS staff deliver training programme in Germany

CCBS Deputy Director Ruth Taillon and Eimear Donnelly, Research and Training Officer travelled to Kehl, Germany in early February, where – in partnership with colleagues from the Euro Institut – they delivered training for a group of Tajikistani staff of GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – German Society for International Cooperation). Members of the […]

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February 1, 2013

INICCO-2 programme of research, training and information starts

The Centre’s INICCO-2 (Ireland/Northern Ireland Cross-border Cooperation Observatory) programme of research, training and information projects (2013-2015), funded by the EU INTERREG IVA programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, came into operation on 1st February. The programme comprises eight projects: the ‘Towards a Border Development Zone’ economic research project; three CroSPlaN-2 projects led […]

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February 1, 2013

15 Years On blog page launched

Director Andy Pollak and Deputy Director Ruth Taillon have joined eight other people prominent in peacebuilding, peace research, cross-border and cross-community organisations to launch a new blog page – – to encourage a year-long, largely online conversation on the successes and failures of the 15 year period since the  1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, and […]

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January 24, 2013

Director addresses cross-border cooperation conference in Marseille

Andy Pollak was one of the speakers at a conference organised by the Catholic Institute of the Mediterranean in Marseille on 24 January entitled ‘Do borders still have a meaning’? The title of his address was ‘A cross-border cooperation practitioner faced by a conflict with a religious dimension: the border between Northern Ireland and the […]

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