Current Research

The BPRI funds research projects in topic areas consistent with its mission. Each autumn, a "Call for Projects" is circulated at WWU, with submissions typically due in late November. Funding decisions are announced at year's end. Additionally, the BPRI entertains proposals involving collaboration between WWU faculty and co-investigators at other institutions.

Watershed Climate Risk Governance in Cascadia

Troy Abel, Ph.D. Transboundary resource systems such as watersheds face signficant governance dilemmas in the face of global climate change. This research will examine the development of climate change mitigation and adaptation governance for the transboundary watersheds of Cascadia, including the Columbia and Skagit rivers and the shared aquifers of British Columbia and Washington State.

Borders in Globalization

The Borders in Globalization project (BIG) supports a network of academic partners from Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, to engage with non-academic organizations that are involved in the management of borders and borderlands in Canada and worldwide. Funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada provides funding support for BIG, which is directed by Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly from the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.