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.

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.

Salish Seaweeds- A Cross-Border Study of Potential Contaminants on First Nation Traditional/Contemporary Harvesting Beaches

Jennifer Hahn, a Master's student at WWU, is undertaking the largest study ever done on Salish seaweeds. Her results will identify different levels of contaminants in seaweeds frequently harvested and consumed by indigenous populations on both sides of the U.S. - Canada border. Her research will establish the first ever baseline for contaminant levels in Salish seaweeds, contributing to protocols that may help improve the overall health of the ecosystem.

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.