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Institute of Borders and Discontinuities

A cross-border network of four research laboratories

The IFD is a Scientific Group launched through an agreement between four research laboratories from five Belgian and French universities: the Catholic University of Leuven, the University of Artois, the University « du Littoral – Côte Opale », the University of Lille 1 and The University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA)

The Institute is recognized  by the relevant international fora, both in Belgium and in France.

The IFD acknowledges and facilitates the networking of researchers specialising in borders, in a multidisciplinary approach. They bring together  their members’ confirmed  and plural skills, thus permitting the  processing of various contemporary issues related to border and cross-border areas.

 

A space for scientific debates

The Institute of Borders and Discontinuities is also a meeting place to further the theoretical multi-disciplinary dimension of the thematic border and of the thematic discontinuity. Thanks to IFD, the researchers have a structure for regular exchange, to keep abreast of scientific events and answer collectively to calls for communication in international conferences.The Institute fully play the role of a place for the training of member researchers. Thus, everyone can further their scientific knowledge and master the methodologies they needfor their operational research.

 

An answer to the needs of the territorial authorities

The territorial authorities have regular need for external expertise to help them make  the best decisions for the benefit of their citizens. The complexity of issues posed by the vicinity of the border area requires specific skills associated with extensive experience in scientific analysis.

Local authorities sometimes lack information to find the necessary skills. With the Institute of borders and discontinuities, they will ascertain the guaranteed  benefit of a skillful network specializedin border and cross-border issues.

The IFD can afford  to implement operational studies in planning, analyzing state and private actions, and analyzing stakes generated by the cross-border flows. Although  the IFD originated in the analysis of the Franco-Belgian  Border, their skills extend all the same to the analysis of other territories world wide,  concerned with borders and discontinuities.

 

Members

Pr. Elena Aoun, Professor, PHD, Catholic University of Louvain – Mons, Belgium

Pr. François Bost, Professor, PhD, Université of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France

Sylvie Considère, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Artois, France

Sabine Duhamel, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Littoral Côte d’Opale, France

Laurent Gagnol, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Artois, France

Nicolas Lebrun, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Artois, France

Pr. Fabienne Leloup, Professor, PhD, Catholic University of Louvain – Mons, Belgium

Corinne Luxembourg, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Artois, France

François Moullé, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Artois, France

Thomas Perrin, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Lille 1, France

Pr. Patrick Picouet, Professor, PhD, University of Lille 1, France

Pauline Pupier, PhD Student, University of Artois, France

Pr. Bernard Reitel, Professor, PhD, University of Artois, France

Pr. Stéphane Rosière, Professor, PhD, Université of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France

Pierre Tilly, PhD, Assistant Professor, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

Maud Verherve, PhD Student, assistantUniversity of Lille 1, France


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