Research projects

Borders in Globalization (BIG)

Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and academic partners. Principal investigator: Professor Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, University of Victoria, Canada.  Borders in Globalization (BIG) is an innovative, integrative, and sustainable network of academic partners from Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, which is engaged with non-academic organizations that are involved in the management of borders and borderlands in Canada and worldwide. Contact: Dr Martin Klatt (

NOS-HS Research Network

Funding: NOS-HS, a cooperation between the research councils in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden responsible for research within the Humanities and Social SciencesNordic countries already have a strong presence in Border Studies internationally, as represented by the Association for Borderland Studies, whose secretariat is now based at the University of Southern Denmark. This series and workshops and subsequent work arising from them will further enhance the place of the Nordic countries in global border studies.

Each of the applicants represents an academic institution with a strong tradition in researching border issues. While there has been a certain level of collaboration in this area between the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Southern Denmark in recent years, joint work including the Malmö University and the University of Bergen, which has a recently established Eurasian Borderland project, is less developed. Additional value is created by creating synergies between universities which are at a distance from the national metropolis, often and unfairly regarded as provincial and second in importance to Universities based in capital cities or with a longer history. The greater exposure and additional research strength created by this collaboration will benefit all four universities.

The workshops will take place in Joensuu in September 2016,  Malmö in March 2017 and Bergen in October 2017. Download the program.

Gender and Markets: Empowering Women in West African Markets, 2017

Funding: World Food Programme, United Nations. Principal investigator: Associate Professor Olivier Walther, University of Southern Denmark. In collaboration with Dr Leena Hoffmann and Mr. Paul Melly of Chatham House in London, the project will conduct a gendered analysis of context-specific regulatory, political and social frameworks that impact on women’s empowerment in agricultural markets and value chains in West Africa. Contact: Dr Olivier Walther (

Cross-border Co-operation and Policy Networks in West Africa, 2015-16

Funding: Sahel and West Africa Club, OECD. Principal investigator: Associate Professor Olivier Walther, University of Southern Denmark. This project examines how policy actors involved in cross-border co-operation contribute to the regional integration process in West Africa. It uses a pioneering methodology, known as social network analysis, to visualize the formal and informal relationships between actors involved in cross-border policy networks, showing that borders have notable and diverse impacts on exchanges of information and the relative power of networks. The project also analyses a range of regional indicators of co-operation potential, visually demonstrating that borders can also affect the ability of sub-regions within West Africa to develop cross-border initiatives. Combining these two analyses with the perceptions of regional policy makers as to which border areas they consider as priorities for regional integration, the project concludes with the analytical foundations for more effective place-based policies that can enhance cross-border co-operation in West Africa. Contact: Dr Olivier Walther (

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