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AEBR VII CB School – Call for Papers

Association of European Border Regions, Radboud University of Nijmegen and University of Victoria


The VII Cross Border School, an activity led with 21st Century Borders_Lab, University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada), with the collaboration of the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University of Košice (Slovakia) and the Research Institute of European Territorial Cooperation of the Uzhhorod National University (Ukraine)

This event is part of the AEBR Annual Events 2023 to be held in Košice on 8-10 November


The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), together with the University of Victoria (Canada), offers travel grants for original research or policy papers to be presented at the AEBR Cross-Border School (CBS) on 8 November 2023 in Košice, Slovakia. Travel grants cover travelling, accommodation for three nights and meals, and participation at the AEBR Cross-Border School and the AEBR Annual Conference.


  • The grants are open to researchers/academics (i.e. PhD students and early career professors), decision/policy makers (i.e. senior policy officers and elected decision-makers worldwide) and managers of cross-border structures.

How to apply:

  • The AEBR Cross Border School is focusing on two broad topics:
    • Cross-border labour markets in border regions in Eastern and Western Europe. Labour Market during sixty years of EU integration and of CBC (i.e. different perspectives and views in EU eastern, western, southern or northern Member States) with a focus on, e.g.:
      • (1)  opening of labour markets for economic development or brain drain and exploitation of eastern labour force?
      • (2) How different are the economic, social, regulatory, etc. frames for cross-border labour in the Member States (e.g. effects of cross-border commuting; the new phenomena of teleworking in a cross-border context; social security issues of cross-border workers, etc.)
      • (3) What differences between the labour migration phenomena across internal versus external borders?
    • The role of soft or para-diplomacy in cross-border cooperation and EUisation of external borderlands. Possible topics:
      • Is there a difference between soft (north American mode) and para (European model) diplomacy?
      • What are most important border issues in the Slovak host region?
      • Renewed cooperation across the EU-Ukrainian borders (I): hosting refugees and transit of humanitarian aid and other types of support.
      • Renewed cooperation across the EU-Ukrainian borders (II): preparing and supporting Ukrainian border regions for the post-war and making their way to EU integration.
      • Re-armed borders: what happens and what will happen at the EU-Russian borders?
      • Strengthening border regions networking at EU external borders.
    • For questions contact
  • The basis for selection is an extended abstract (2000 words) with a brief introductory letter, methodology, preliminary results and conclusion and a brief application in free format on one A4 page.
  • The application should indicate the following:
    • Name and surname
    • Place of employment
    • Curriculum vitae
    • One-page letter of motivation explaining how the applicant will benefit from this opportunity
  • Please send your CV, extended abstract and application to no later than 25 September 2023 at 12.00 noon (CEST) / 3.00 am (PTZ)

Further details:

Grant recipients will be personally responsible for all arrangements and expenditure including travel, insurance, home and personal commitments.

Contact: If you have any queries regarding eligibility or submission, please contact



About AEBR

Established in 1971, the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) is a lobby organization representing the interests of the European border and cross-border regions at the European, national, and regional levels. Today, AEBR has about 100 border and cross-border regions as its members, representing about 75% of the border areas within and on external borders of the European Union. For further details, visit


About AEBR Cross-Border School

AEBR CB School is created to provide a nurturing environment in which academics and professionals are each other’s peers, in which they can share their experiences and learn from each other’s experiences in a more horizontal, interactive way. The aim of AEBR CB School is to provide relevant thinking material for curious professionals, helping them systematically reflect on their practice in cross-border cooperation and providing feedback to researchers about their research outcomes and professional experiences. I AEBR CB School took place in Cáceres (Extremadura, ES) in 2017, II CBS in Oulu (Bothnian Arc, FI) in 2018, III CBS in Dresden (Elbe-Labe Euroregion, DE) in 2019, IV CBS online in 2020, V CBS in Arnhem (Euregio Rhine-Waal, Gelderland, NL) in 2021, and VI CBS in Szeged (DKMT Euroregion, HU) in 2022.

Nijmegen School of Management (Radboud University)

For the last ten years, the Dutch University Guide has ranked Radboud University as one of the best general, traditional universities in the Netherlands. The Nijmegen School of Management is guided by its motto, ‘co-creating knowledge for society’. This motto inspires new bridges between disciplines and researchers. It underlines the importance of the interaction of academia with organisations and society and by mobilising the disciplinary diversity presented by the breadth of the school and our work with our partners.

National University of Uzhhorod

Pavol Jozef Šafárik University of Košice

About BIG_Lab

The Borders in Globalization (BiG) research program at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, began in 2013 with seven years of generous funding from a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant. Over the years BIG_Lab contributed to 109 research papers published with DOI numbers. It hosted two international conferences, ten summer institutes, multiple policy forums and roundtables. These knowledge transfer activities have brought together scholars and students with non-academic stakeholders and policymakers to conceptually and pragmatically understand how technologies, self-determination and regionalization around the world are affecting borders and borderlands. Since then, the partnership was extended with a new grant until 2027 – SSHRC/21st Century Borders, Erasmus+ / Jean Monnet Network, and a Jean Monnet Chair.

BiG’s research examines the well-established concept that borders are primarily understood as sovereign territorial boundaries that emerge out of international treaties. We have found that more than ever before, border policies straddle sovereign boundary lines, and networked policies overlap many different jurisdictional scales, including, but not exclusively, the sovereign territories of states. Furthermore, our research has shown that contemporary borders in globalization are processes that, in many instances, are fundamentally linked to movements and flows around the world, not to territoriality as conventional wisdom dictates.  We have collected evidence documenting how bordering policies and processes increasingly disregard the territorial limits of states, sometimes implementing borders thousands of kilometers away from their international boundary line.

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