June 1, 2021

Time to measure cross-border impacts: building sustainable North-South relationships and connections

Using very practical examples – the potential introduction of a time difference between Northern Ireland and Ireland, and the introduction of public health measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic – this project, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Reconciliation Fund, will highlight the need for impact assessment of proposed policies from a cross-border […]

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April 23, 2021

New Approaches for a New Decade? A Scoping Study of Border Communities: Research Reports

With support from the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Reconciliation Fund, the “New Approaches for a New Decade” project sought to contribute to that commitment by undertaking a scoping exercise that would provide an initial overview of the challenges facing border communities in the short to medium-term, with specific reference to what minorities in border communities […]

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April 23, 2021

New Approaches for a New Decade? A Scoping Study of Border Communities

In January 2020 the “New Decade, New Approach” (NDNA) agreement enabled the re-establishment of a functioning Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive, which in turn would bring about the reconvening of meetings of the North South Ministerial Council. NDNA included a commitment to commission a study to identify challenges facing border communities, paying particular attention to […]

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March 9, 2021


Register for the Presentation of the 2nd Survey Results Now!! The Centre for Cross Border Studies is calling on civic society organisations and local authorities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to participate in this important quarterly survey series. The information you provide will be crucial for our understanding of the extent to […]

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December 3, 2020

Collaborating for Common Success: Devolution, repatriation and common frameworks as the context for North-South Cooperation – Executive Summary

The Executive Summary of the “Collaborating for Common Success” report looks at how the UK’s departure from the European Union may impact on areas of competence devolved to Northern Ireland and on the effective operation of Strand 2 of the Good Friday Agreement, and how the implementation bodies and areas of North-South cooperation may be […]

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October 5, 2020

Ad-Hoc Group for North-South and East-West Cooperation

Drawing together a range of organisations from Northern Ireland and Ireland, the Ad-Hoc Group for North-South and East-West Cooperation has been established as the prime contact point for purposes of meaningful consultation between cross-border civil society and regional, national and EU bodies on matters relevant to cooperation between Northern Ireland and Ireland, and between the […]

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March 2, 2020

CCBS Research Platform – seeking expressions of interest

At the Centre for Cross Border Studies we know that helping to shape government strategy in order to foster and facilitate cross-border collaboration is ever more important in these changing times. Given its expertise and the reputation it has established over two decades, the Centre’s work is sought after and engages directly with senior policy […]

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June 9, 2019

Collaborating for Common Success: North-South cooperation from 1999 to 2039

In the current context of uncertainty as to how and by whom (in respect of Northern Ireland) the conditions for continued North-South cooperation will be maintained as a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, this project seeks to highlight the importance of such cooperation by looking at the practical benefits it has brought […]

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May 5, 2019

Towards a New Common Charter

Towards a New Common Charter With the generous support of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund, and the Community Relations Council, this action research project facilitated the development of what is now the “New Common Charter for Cooperation Within and Between these Islands”, representing grassroots support for […]

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February 1, 2018

Bringing the Agreement Home: in all its parts

The “Bringing the Agreement Home” project provided an accessible analytical review of the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent related agreements, as well as a series of workshops and an “All-Island Conversation” to inform and engage community organisations on the island of Ireland about the provisions of the agreements and the institutions and bodies they created. […]

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August 31, 2017

The negotiations for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union What do they mean for relations within and between these islands?

With the electorate having voted on the 23rd of June 2016 to leave the European Union,1 and the Prime Minister, Theresa May, formally notifying the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, on the 29th of March 2017 of the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw, negotiations between the UK Government and the European Union on […]

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