Recent Publications

Monetizing Some Benefits of Participation in NEXUS

Border Policy Brief, Summer 2015

NEXUS is a 'trusted traveler' program that provides expedited processing to travelers entering the U.S. and Canada. This Border Brief analyzes several benefits that accrue to NEXUS members, including reduced delays, increased predictability in travel times, and the monetary value of time and gasoline savings. These metrics demonstrate the value of the NEXUS program to individuals, as well as the broader public.

Washington State's Economy in Relation to Canada and the Border

Special Report, June 2015

Over the past decade the BPRI has generated a steady stream of research pertaining to the economic relationship between Washington State and Canada. This report integrates and summarizes that body of research, highlighting the importance of Canada and thus of mobility at the border. Download the full report, see the 2-page summary, or request a bound hardcopy.

A Business Case for Increasing RFID at the Land Border

Technical Memo, October 2015

Widespread use of RFID-enabled documents has the potential to greatly increase throughput at border crossings, which would alleviate the need for additional infrastructure/staffing and would also reduce GHG emissions. The Whatcom Council of Governments, with assistance from the BPRI, produced this technical memo documenting costs and benefits associated with a scenario involving government-subsidized distribution of RFID-enabled documents.



Housed at Western Washington University, the Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) is a multi-disciplinary institute that undertakes 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, academic programs, and public programming on critical policy issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. The BPRI works closely with cognate programs at the University and collaborates with many public and private entities within the Pacific Northwest.

News & Events

Anne Muter, J.D., 12 pm, Jan. 27, 2016

Ms. Muter is the lead for the Transboundary Watersheds Governance Initiative undertaken by Rivers Without Borders, an organization that strives to protect the wild intact watersheds of the BC - Alaska transboundary region. This event is co-sponsored with the World Issues Forum.

New Graduate Fellowship Program

The BPRI is launching a fellowship program that will provide support to a graduate student at Huxley College. See "Opportunities" below to learn more.


Graduate Research Fellowship

Beginning Fall Quarter 2016, the BPRI will support a Fellow for his/her two years of study at Huxley. Fellows participate in the research agenda of the BPRI and have considerable flexibility regarding the amount of support sought from the BPRI.