Brunet-Jailly, Emmanuel



Phone number: (250) 721-6418
Department: Public Administration

Research description:

Comparative politics
Urban politics and governance
Comparative urban politics and policies
Comparative border cities and regions
Expertise Profile
As the head of the largest Canadian research program on borders, Political Scientist Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly works with over 90 researchers around the world to view borders from many perspectives, including history, governance, crossing flows, cultures, security and environmental sustainability,

The findings will have tremendous impact on public policy and our understanding of borders around the world," says Dr. Brunet-Jailly, who notes that what we understand about borders are changing. "Borders are being influenced by technology--especially information and communication technologies--in ways we're just beginning to understand," he says.

Walls are no longer effective--people travel around, above and below walls. It is far more effective for governments--as do the Canadian and American governments--to work together to create a secure border, which is invisible to the eye.

However, this also affects the relative positioning of borders. Border patrols can now work, not only at the borderline, but also in surrounding regions. In Canada, a border control can stop you 20 miles from the actual boundary. You can also cross borders without passing the actual borderline. You can sit in a Canadian airport, and simultaneously be stranded between two countries.

As a teacher, Dr. Brunet-Jailly uses a combination of online classes and in-class lectures and includes video clips and PowerPoints when he can. "Teaching isn't just talking to students and asking them to read books," he says. "There are all sorts of multimedia at our disposal that we can bring to the classroom."

Related Links
Dr. Brunet-Jailly's Faces of UVic Research video:

International research:

Municipal intergovernmental relations with provincial and federal government in Europe and North America.

Countries lived or worked in:

Conducted research in the USA and Mexico, and Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Lectured in Belgium, China, France, Hong Kong, Iceland, Sweden and the USA.



Community projects

-Border issues
-Global cities

UVic Speakers bureau

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly takes part in the UVic Speakers Bureau.
More information about the Speakers Bureau can be found here.

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