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.

Cascade Gateway Passenger Vehicle Intercept Survey

The BPRI is collaborating with the Whatcom Council of Governments to perform an intercept survey at our regional border crossings. We will use a student team to interview 10,000+ drivers this summer, identifying aspects of their cross-border trips (origin, destination, purpose, etc.). This type of data is of interest to transportation agencies, academic researchers, chambers of commerce, and other regional stakeholders. The project is made possible through the cooperation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Canada Border Services Agency, and is being funded by the Washington State Dep't. of Transportation, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, the Whatcom Council of Governments, and the BPRI.

The IMTC (International Mobility and Trade Corridor) Project: Investigation of the Private Sector View

Patrick Buckley, Ph.D. Dr. Buckley is researching the success of the IMTC as an effective means of managing and enhancing trade and security across our borders. His project should reveal whether the IMTC has given a voice to the private sector and if it could serve as a model for other cross-border gateways.