This project, the Mediterranean Borders In Globalization (MBIG) project is premised on the assumption that the territorial framework for understanding borders is being challenged fundamentally through new technologies of information and communication that are now regularly applied in the monitoring, surveillance and security of borders. Rather than territorial, new borders are potentially, a-territorial. They are biometric and, also possibly everywhere. This process, however, is progressive and takes varied forms across the world; international boundaries, walled borders, and other bordering policies are still very much part of our world but new borders and bordering processes are also appearing: this ground breaking research program is focusing on this transition with a specific focus on new borders and bordering processes around the world and particularly across the European Union Mediterranean regions.
BIO: Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly studied Law and Political Science at Paris IV- Sorbonne and did a PhD in Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is a Full Professor of Public Policy at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where he is Jean Monnet Chair in European Urban and Border Region Policy and Director of the European Studies Program, the European Union Center of Excellence, and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. He is the editor of the Journal of Borderland Studies (Taylor and Francis/Routledge). He has taught at the University of Notre Dame (US), Xiamen (China), Grenoble and Lille (France), Mons/Louvain (Belgium), Lund (Sweden), Iceland (Iceland). He is the author of nearly 90 articles and chapters, and 8 books and special issues of scholarly journals in urban and border studies. His recent publications include Borderlands (2007), and Local Government in a Global World (2010). His most recent book is a three-volumes Encyclopaedia of Border Disputes, ABC Clio-Praeger (2014). Most of his work focuses on cross-border urban regions and border policy and governance.