The Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) is a multi-disciplinary research institute at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. The BPRI focuses on research that informs policy-makers on matters related to the Canada - U.S. border. Priority focus areas are trade and transportation, economics, environment, immigration, and border security. The University established the BPRI to further a mission of promoting research, teaching, and public programming on critical policy issues affecting the Pacific Northwest.
Don Alper, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Border Policy Research Institute and Center for Canadian-American Studies
Office: Canada House 203
David Davidson, M.P.A., M.Sc.
Office: Bond Hall 418F
2014 - Bruno Dupeyron, Ph.D.
Dr. Dupeyron is an Associate Professor at the University of Regina. He is the recipient of the Fulbright Canada-CN Scholar Award and will reside at Western while completing his Fulbright research project, "The Regulation of Mobility and Security in the Context of Globalization: A Comparative Analysis of Canada-US and US-Mexico Borderlands."
2011 - Hugh Conroy, M.P.P.
Hugh Conroy is Planning Director at the Whatcom Council of Governments and facilitator of the binational IMTC forum. He completed a project titled "Advancing US-Canada Border Transportation Planning and Programming." Download his report
2009 - Margaret Stock, J.D.
Dr. Stock is an attorney at Cascadia Cross Border Law Group LLC. She is also a 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, as well as the 2013 Immigration Law Professor of the Year. At the BPRI she pursued research pertaining to Integrated Border Enforcement Teams (IBETS).
2009 - Victor Konrad, Ph.D.
Dr. Konrad is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University, as well as President of the Association of Borderlands Studies. While at the BPRI Dr. Konrad completed research culminating in a report titled "'Breaking Points,' but No 'Broken' Border: Stakeholders Evaluate Border Issues in the Pacific Northwest Region." Download his report
2008 - Anneliese Vance-Sherman, Ph.D.
Dr. Vance-Sherman is a Regional Labor Economist for the Washington State Employment Security Department. As a fellow at the BPRI she completed research culminating in the report "Crossing Bridges: Observations and Strategies by Cross-Border Business Communities in an Evolving Regulatory Environment." Download her report
2008 - Ben Muller, Ph.D.
Dr. Muller is an Associate Professor at the Centre for American Studies at the University of Western Ontario. As fellow at the BPRI, he completed research on risk management, biometrics, and border security in the Vancouver-Seattle corridor, culminating in a paper titled "Governing through Risk at the Canada/US Border: Liberty, Security, Technology." Download his report
- Border Policy Research Institute
- 516 High Street, Bond Hall 418
- Bellingham WA 98225-9110 USA
The BPRI benefits from the guidance provided by an External Advisory Board. The Board's principal functions are to help identify areas of research needs, to provide guidance on the applicability of research findings to policy makers at the local, regional and national levels, and to foster linkages with other organizations and stakeholders involved in transportation, mobility, trade, environmental, and security issues related to the Canada-US border. The Board also assists in identifying funding and other resources necessary to implement the goals of the BPRI. Members of the Board represent a wide range of groups and stakeholders involved in Canada-US border issues in and outside the Pacific Northwest.
Mr. Boos is an immigration attorney and a partner in the law firm Chang & Boos Attorneys-at-Law.
Mr. Carlson is Assistant Director of the Mt. Baker Region of the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Mr. Conroy is Planning Director of the Whatcom Council of Governments and facilitator of the IMTC forum.
Mr. Lawless is Chief Economist for the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation.
Mr. Pettinger is the owner of International Market Access, a facility designed to allow Canadian firms to have a business presence within the U.S.
Mr. Okrainetz is the manager of the Environmental Quality Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment.