Publication Highlights 

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CFGS is committed to fostering reflection on the complex array of social forces associated with an increasingly interconnect world. As such, publishing is a core aspect of how our fellows, scholars, and projects mobilize knowledge and promote critical citizenship. 

Our fellows and scholars are encouraged to publish and many of our projects engage in various forms of publications including policy papers, case studies, research reports, academic articles, breifing reports, books, and special issue journals. 

You can find recent publication highlights organized by project below and a full list of CFGS affiliated publications under 'other publications'.

"The Local Governance of Migration: Lessons from the Immigration Country, Canada"

CFGS Director Oliver Schmidtke's paper appeared in volume 55, issue 3 of the disP-The Planning Review journal. This article examines how, in the Canadian context, cities have been proactive in utilizing immigration as a tool to address local labour needs, to develop stratefies for becoming 'welcoming communities', and to provide a sense of urban citizenship. Cities have responded to the challenge by building public-private partnerships in which settlement organizations, service providers, and employers play a prominent role. The most effective initiatves are those that increase the city's ability to raw on multi-stakeholder networks and to enable policy coordination in Canada's system of multilevel governance.

You can read the full article online here! 


"Privacy, Voter Surveillance and Democratic Engagement: Challenges for Data Protection Authorities"

CFGS Graduate Student Fellow Smith Oduro-Marfo copublished a paper with Dr. Colin J. Bennet as commissioned by the UK Office of the Information Commissioner for presentation to the 2019 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPCC). This paper examines the ways voter micro-targeting threaten modern democracies.

You can read the full paper online here! 


"The View from the Farm: Gendered Contradictions of the Measurement Imperative in Global Goals"

CFGS Faculty Fellow Elizabeth Vibert and CFGS Alumni Astrid Pérez Piñán's article appeared in volume 20, issue 4 of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. In this article they examine the experience of a women's cooperative vegetable farm in rural South Africa, considered the on-the-ground consequences of high-level planning for development and, in particular, the measurement and accountability demands associated with such initatives. 

You can read the full article online here! 


"Legal Consciousness of the Leftover Woman: Law and Qing in Chinese Family Relations"

Former CFGS Graduate Student Fellow Qian Liu was awarded the Asian Law and Soceity Association's Graduate Student Article Award for the 2018 paper, "Legal Consciousness of the Leftover Woman: Law and Qing in Chinese Family Relations." 

Her paper analyses how the interaction of law and qing (情) shapes ordinary Chinese people’s legal consciousness. Ordinary Chinese people rely on qing, or the normal feelings, or attitudes of the public, to judge whether a particular law is just and how they should react to the law. By investigating Chinese leftover women’s legal consciousness regarding marriage and childbearing, this article has developed a theory to discuss Chinese people’s different forms of legal consciousness either when the law is in opposition to qing or when it is in alliance with qing. She argues that these variations of legal consciousness result from the dynamic relationship between qing and different types and levels of legality, including state law.

You can read the full article online here! 


 "Border and Migration Controls and Migrant Precarity in the Context of Climate Change"

BIG Project Manager Nicole Bates-Eamer published her article in volume 8, issue 7 of the journal Social Sciences. This article brings together the literature on global migration and displacement, environmental migration, vulnerability and precarity, and borders and migration governance to examine the ways in which climate-induced migrants experience precarity in transit. Overall, the paper suggests that given the shift from goverance regimes purportedly based on protection and facilitation to regimes based on security, deterrence, and enforcement, borders are complicit in producing and amplifying the vulnerability of migrants. The phenomenon of climate migration is particularly explicative in demonstrating how these regimes, which categorize individuals based on why they move, are and will continue to be unable to manage future migration flows.

You can read the full article online here! 

Borders in Globalization Review - Inaugural Issue

BIG_Review is a different kind of journal, transversing disciplinary boundaries and integrating the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Their aspiration is to make widely available academic and artistic explorations of borders in the 21st century. They week to better understand the changing meanings, structures, and functions of international boundaries, bordres, and frontiers. 

This inaugural issue includes research articles that explore transborder governance, identity, culture, precaries, and conflict in borderlands across the world, including the Aegean, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab Gulf, indigenous Latin America, and more. This issue also includes academic essays on borde-wall graffiti, aterritorial borders, and French thinker Paul de La Pradelle. It also features a range of artwork, including an artist's portfolio that imagines boundary lines and movement onto canvas, plus original verses from three poets on themes and sentiments related to borders. Book and film review round out this first issue.

Full issue available online here! 


BIG Monthly Briefings

BIG monthly briefings are short, and written in an accessible way in order to enable non-experts and border scholars alike to gain insight into the work that the Borders in Globalization project has done over the past few years. Each of the monthly briefings will be posted on their website as they are released to partners, stakeholders, and other interested groups. 

All monthly briefings are availabe in pdf form online here! 


For a detailed list of all BIG publications, visit their website here. 

Recent Publications:

Communication & Media Strategies for EU Experts in Canada - Outputs Overview

Canadian universities have outstanding scholarly expertise when it comes to the field of EU and European Studies. Still, there is a remarkable mismatch between the exceptional research knowledge in the academic community and the knowledge available to the broader Canadian public. In order to instigate new knowledge mobilization strategies, our Jean Monnet project MSEUCA developed new communication and media strategies for EU Studies in Canada. Read about our various activities and how we initiated debates around the challenging topic of media trust and media savviness of individual scholars, developed opportunities for young and senior scholars to share their expertise with the public or motivated scholars to start or extend their outreach activities.

Read the summary about MSEUCA's activities here! 


EUCAnet Blog

This Blog, as part of the EUCAnet project, will provide some insight into the ongoing discussions based on workshops, webinars, roundtables and conferences, all dedicated to navigating our global problems that emerge out of issues over security, inequality, environmental degradation and migration. We hope to address issues in these fields of public policy making that are of shared concerns to audiences in Canada and Europe and that could benefit from a comparative transatlantic perspective. The Blog will provide an opportunity for many different voices to be heard and to share opinions, perceptions or approaches, including students focusing their research on these issues, practitioners and policy makers  responding to these issues and scholars providing an academic interpretation of  global challenges. The comment section invites direct feedback and aims to spark further discussion among people from different fields and experiences.

Topics of discussion include democracy, environment, migration, foreign policy, and trade


For a detailed list of all EUCAnet outputs, visit their website here. 

A Watershed Security Fund for British Columbia: Building Resilience and Advancing Reconciliation 

This position paper describes a genuine opportunity for the provincial government to create an enduring legacy for freshwater in B.C. It was produced through collaboration between the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, Frist Nations Fisheries Council, BC Wildlife Federation, and BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative.

Read the full report here! 


Whose Border? Contested Geographies and Columbia River Treaty Modernization by Jesse Baltutis and Michele-Lee Moore

This paper explores the links between contemporary bordering processes, Indigenous nations traditional territories, and transboundary water governance processes, using the case of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT) modernization process. We posit the Columbia River is shared not just by two nations, but also by multiple Indigenous nations with various inter-nation borders. To-date, the implications of this in practice do not appear to mean a re-imagination of borders, changes in legal authority for CRT renegotiation and implementation, or rethinking the state-centric institutions in which governance of the Columbia River is based. Three primary themes emerged from the empirical data that illustrate: (1) a reaffirmation of state-centric discourse on borders and bordering processes in CRT modernization, while (2) at the same time we see changes in the legal landscape in Canada and the U.S. that inform the obligations of colonial governments to move towards collaboration and shared governance with Indigenous nations on a government-to-government basis on issues impacting Indigenous interests. And, (3) emerging are the seeds of governance structures that seek to engage Indigenous nations within CRT renegotiation and implementation, including potentially providing a seat at the renegotiation table and including Indigenous nations within implementation structures for a modernized CRT.

Read the full paper here! 


For a detailed list of all POLIS research reports, policy papers, case studies, and academic articles visit their website here.