39 Abbey Street Armagh BT61 7EB
- Environment/Sustainable development
- International/Cultural relations
- Youth and education
The Centre for Cross Border Studies, based in Armagh and Dublin, researches and develops cooperation across the Irish border in a wide range of practical areas, notably education, health, the economy, ICT and citizens’ information, and works with similar cross-border regional research bodies in other parts of Europe.
The Centre works to be a catalyst for empowering citizens for cross-border cooperation, drawing on 13 years of experience of bringing together the relevant actors across sectors and jurisdictional boundaries both on the island of Ireland and increasingly, elsewhere in Europe.
In Ireland, a major focus of our work is to support the North South Ministerial Council and North/South implementation Bodies, government departments and local authorities, higher education institutions, business and the community and voluntary sector in their engagement with practical cross-border cooperation.
To contribute to the increased social, economic and territorial cohesion of the island of Ireland through:
Promoting and improving the quality of cross-border cooperation between public bodies, and between public bodies, business and civil society
Improving the capacity of people involved in social and economic development on the island to engage in mutually beneficial cross-border cooperation
Addressing information gaps and other barriers that constrain cross-border mobility and cooperation through research, training and the provision of resources, tools and other practical support.
The Centre for Cross Border Studies manages and provides administrative support for all-island networks bringing together spatial planners, teacher educators and university leaders through
• The International Centre for Local and Regional Development;
• The Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and south (SCoTENS)
• Universities Ireland.
A diverse and high-quality research portfolio is at the core of the Centre’s activities, providing a strong foundation for the Centre’s support to cross-border and transnational cooperation.
The Centre also offers a unique package of practical services to support cross-border cooperation and mobility in Ireland and Europe such as advocacy, evaluation, training, mentoring, facilitation and animation. CCBS will bring our many years’ experience of supporting cross-border cooperation on the island of Ireland – a small island emerging from decades of civil conflict. More recently, as noted elsewhere, we have been sharing our experience and expertise with and learning from other border regions of Europe through the Transfrontier Euro Institut Network (TEIN). TEIN is a network of 13 partners from nine diverse European border regions who share the objective of strengthening European integration through building capacity for cross-border cooperation among public sector, business and civil society actors. TEIN partners – together and separately – support transfrontier cooperation through training, mentoring, research and other activities. With our TEIN partners, the Centre is involved in a programme of work to develop a package of tools, training and other resources that can be used to support cross-border cooperation in different European regions.
The Centre for Cross Border Studies works to be a catalyst for "empowering citizens for cross-border cooperation“, drawing on 13 years of experience of bringing together the relevant actors across sectors and jurisdictional boundaries both on the island of Ireland and, increasingly, elsewhere in Europe. CCBS shares the ALF values and priorities and as an organisation share also many of the same fields of activities. For instance, CCBS acts as the secretariat for SCoTENS, an all-island network of teacher educators. We are committed to capacity building for individuals and organisations within civil society and the public sector to engage in mutually beneficial Cross-Border Cooperation. With our partners in the Transfrontier Euro Institut Network (www.transfrontier.eu)we are engaged in building capacity to facilitate cooperation in cross-border and tranfrontier contexts across Europe. CCBS also manages and provides administrative support for all-island networks bringing together spatial planners and university leaders. The Centre is committed to promoting and improving the quality of Cross-Border Cooperation between public bodies, and between public bodies, business and civil society. Through our research programme and information services we are proactively addressing information gaps and other barriers that constrain cross-border mobility and cross-border cooperation through research and provision of resources, tools and other practical support. Therefore we expect that being involved with ALF networks will be of considerable benefit to our Centre and its work.