The BiG Lab

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The “BiG Lab” at UVic is a research lab on borders, and the legacy of the Borders in Globalization Partnership Grant, that will continue activities following the completion of the original grant (February 2020). The BiG Lab is launching a new journal and book series in 2019 on borders in globalization, The BiG_Review and BiG_Books. The BiG lab will also continue to develop a database of comparative statistics and indicators from the perspective of a border dyad.  The BiG Lab intends to continue to host summer institutes which train future border scholars and policy makers.

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BIG Review & BIG Books

An interdisciplinary journal and a book series focused on borders in gobalization. 

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BIG Dyads Database

A database of thematic indicators comparing data from 800+ dyads around the world. 

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Summer Institutes

One-week intensive institutes convening scholars, graduate students, and border stakeholders.

Borders in Globalization SSHRC Partnership Program

The Borders in Globalization (BiG) research program at the Centre for Global Studies began in 2013 with seven years of generous funding from a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant. Professor Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, a Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, is the Principle Investigator of the program and leads a team of about twenty-five outstanding colleagues from across Canada and around the world. These colleagues and their students have initiated over 130 research projects on a diverse range of topics related to borders in globalization; they have provided research opportunities and training to over 100 undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Brunet-Jailly leveraged the original SSHRC funding ($2.3 million) to secure an additional $750,000 from the European Union.

BiG’s research examines the well-established concept that borders are primarily understood as sovereign territorial boundaries that emerge out of international treaties. We have found that more than ever before, border policies straddle sovereign boundary lines, and networked policies overlap many different jurisdictional scales, including, but not exclusively, the sovereign territories of states. Furthermore, our research has shown that contemporary borders in globalization are processes that in many instances are fundamentally linked to movements and flows around the world, not to territoriality as conventional wisdom dictates.  We have collected evidence documenting how bordering policies and processes increasingly disregard the territorial limits of states, sometimes implementing borders thousands of kilometers away from their international boundary line.

Over the course of the grant, BiG has hosted two international conferences, 10 summer institutes, multiple policy forums and roundtables. These knowledge transfer activities bring together scholars and students with non-academic stakeholders and policy makers to conceptually and pragmatically understand the ways in which technologies, self-determination and regionalization around the world are affecting borders and borderlands.  As the SSHRC program comes to a close, the BiG team is working to finalize publications and launch a signature journal and book series. 

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