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Centre for Cross Border Studies



  • 140 central and local government civil and public servants trained in aspects of cross-border cooperation in Ireland (how cross-border training can assist peace and reconciliation; central and local government structures; role of the EU; economic and business cooperation; corporate governance and ethical standards; role of NGOs; cooperation between local authorities)(2005-2009)
  • 90 local public representatives and officials trained in aspects of cross-border spatial planning and economic, social and cultural development in the Irish border region (2010-2011)
  • Three days training for EU programme officials, government officials and project promoters on cross-border impact assessment inIreland(planned for autumn 2011)

Research, conferences and seminars

Over 80 cross-border research projects undertaken since 2001, including studies in the following areas:

  • Cross-border telecoms technologies
  • Health services
  • Lifelong learning/adult education
  • INTERREG II and III funding programmes  inIreland
  • Local government
  • The 2001 foot-and-mouth disease crisis
  • Mental health
  • Local history societies
  • Early years education
  • Citizenship and science in schools
  • Government services to minority ethnic groups
  • Training for public servants (collection of training essays)
  • Hospital services
  • Spatial planning
  • Education with a particular focus on teacher education (60 studies in this area alone)
  • Border region economy (current project)
  • Cross-border hospital services (current project)
  • Cross-border spatial planning and training (current project)
  • Cross-border citizens mobility information (current project)
  • Cross-border impact assessment (current project)

Over 50 cross-border conferences and seminars organised since 2000, including in the following areas:

  • Cross-border cooperation in Europe andIreland
  • Teacher education (eight conferences in areas such as education for inclusion, reflective practice, school leadership, citizenship and diversity, and educational research)
  • Higher education (six conferences in areas such as international education, widening access to higher education, higher education and cross-border cooperation in Europe, university-business collaboration and the role of higher education in the workplace)
  • Agriculture
  • Tourism
  • Information and Communications Technologies
  • Health and hospital services
  • Mental health promotion
  • Telecom technologies
  • Local government links
  • Animal disease
  • European citizenship education
  • School, youth and teacher exchanges
  • Business research
  • Waste management
  • Mobility information inIrelandandEurope
  • Housing and sustainable communities
  • Personal banking
  • Cross-border statistics
  • Cross-border consumer issues
  • The Belfast-Dublin rail service
  • Cross-border impact assessment

Consultancy Studies

Over 20 cross-border consultancy studies undertaken for government and other agencies, including in the following subjects:

  • Cross-border postgraduate student flows
  • Mobility information inIrelandandEurope
  • Educational exchanges
  • Mental health policy and research
  • Doctors out-of-hours services
  • Cross-border trade union cooperation
  • ‘Common Chapter’ of the Irish and Northern Irish Development Plans
  • Education and skills inIreland’s North-West
  • Towards a strategic economic and business research agenda for theislandofIreland
  • University for Industry

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