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Centre for Cross Border Studies

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The Centre for Cross Border Studies (www.crossborder.ie) researches and develops cooperation between Ireland and Northern Ireland in education, training, health, ICT, the economy, public administration, planning, the environment, citizens information, impact assessment and other practical areas. Founded in 1999, it is a product of the Northern  Irish peace process institutionalised in the 1998 Good Friday/Belfast Agreement. Its head office is in Armagh, 10 miles from the border inNorthern Ireland, with a sub-office inDublin.It also provides management, training and ICT support services to cross-border networks and organisations inIrelandandNorthern Ireland, and develops and manages cross-border information websites.

It is largely financed by grants from the EU INTERREG IVA programme through the EU Special Programmes Body inBelfastand the Irish Department of Education and Skills inDublin. It raises a significant proportion of its income through selling its research and consultancy services to government and other agencies.

The Centre’s activities are completely dedicated to cross-border cooperation.Among its aims are to identify gaps in cross-border information, research and mutual learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland; provide sources of comprehensive and  accurate information about cross-border cooperation in Ireland; publish research on opportunities for and obstacles to cross-border cooperation in all fields of society and the economy; host events at which research findings can be disseminated and policy formation in cross-border cooperation can be developed; present the findings of such research and development projects to the European Commission and the governments in Dublin and Belfast; and  provide management and training support for cross-border organisations and programmes which have a strong education, research and development dimension.

The Centre offers:

  • 12 years of experience of carrying out cross-border research projects inIrelandandNorthern Ireland
  • Skills in the management of cross-border networks in education and planning
  • Conference organisation skills, particularly in areas of cross-border cooperation
  • Website skills. The Centre operates five cross-border websites: a house website (www.crossborder.ie); an information and research website (www.borderireland.info); a citizens mobility information website (www.borderpeople.info); a universities website (www.universitiesireland.ie); and a teacher education website (www.scotens.org).
  • Training skills. Since 2006 the Centre has trained 140 civil and public servants and 90 local public representatives and officials in cross-border cooperation. Its next training course, in autumn 2011, will train people in cross-border impact assessment inIreland.
  • Publications (Over 50 published reports, journals and books since 2001)
  • Support (partnerships and counselling) for cross-border projects inIrelandandNorthern  Ireland