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Keynote speakers

Professor Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, University of Victoria, Canada 

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria (UVic), specializing in comparative border and urban politics. Prior to his appointment at UVic, Emmanuel was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario from 1999-2000, and Assistant Director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame from 2000-2001. Dr. Brunet-Jailly is Jean Monnet Chair in European Urban and Border Region Policy, Director of the European Union Centre for Excellence. He is Chief Editor of the Journal of Borderlands Studies and Principal Investigator of the Borders in Globalization (BIG) Project.

Professor Paul Nugent, University of Edinburgh, UK  

Paul Nugent is Professor of Comparative African History and former Director of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh (2005-2014). He holds a doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Paul is the President of AEGIS, the Centre-based African Studies association in Europe, and as such is intimately involved in the European African Studies scene. Over 2015/16, Paul will be a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton. Paul’s current research interests lie in the comparative history of West African borderlands. He is the initiator of the African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) which has been funded by the European Science Foundation for 5 years from 2009. In a more applied role, Paul has served as a resource person for the African Union Border Programme (AUBP). Paul is currently the co-editor of the Journal of Modern African Studies.

Professor Tony Payan, Rice University, USA 

Tony Payan is the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Mexico Center at the Baker Institute at Rice University. He is also an associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at El Paso, and a professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. He received his doctorate degree in international relations from Georgetown University. Payan’s research focuses primarily on border studies, particularly the U.S.-Mexico border. His work theorizes on various topics regarding international borders, including border governance, immigration, border security, organized crime and the manifestation of U.S. foreign policy at its borders. He served as president of the Association of Borderlands Studies and is the America Editor of the Journal of Borderlands Studies.

Associate Professor Michaela Trippl, Lund University, Sweden

Michaela Trippl is an Associate Professor in Economic Geography at the Department of Human Geography at Lund University. She received her PhD from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) (Austria) in 2004. Before joining Lund University in March 2012, Michaela has been an Associate Professor at the Institute for Regional Development and Environment at WU. Her research and teaching have been dedicated to fields in economic geography, innovation studies and regional science with a focus on cross-border regional innovation systems, long-term regional structural change, labor mobility and regional development, spatial patterns and institutional foundations of the knowledge economy and regional innovation policies. She is the Co-Editor of Papers in Regional Science.

Dr. Beatrix Haselsberger, University of Cagliari, Italy and TU Wien, Austria

Beatrix Haselsberger is a Senior Researcher at the Department of Spatial Planning at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) in Austria and a Visiting Professor at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale e Architettura at the University of Cagliari in Italy. Her main areas of research range from border studies (in theory and practice) as well as planning cultures and identities to European spatial planning and policy. In her current work she focuses on the collective memory effect on cross-border cooperation practices. She seeks to unpack the many overlapping, contradictory and sometimes unconscious dynamics taking place in cross-border regions. She is the principal investigator of the research project ‘COMPASS Collective Memory and Planning: Across Social Separation’ funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Beatrix Haselsberger is the author of several articles in a wide range of national and international journals. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Regional Insights: A Review of Fresh Ideas, published by the Regional Studies Association as well as a Board Member of the Regional Studies Association and an Executive Committee Member of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). 


Last Updated 16.08.2016