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ISSUE 1: April 2013

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The Centre for Cross Border Studies and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development are supported by the EU's INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body

Welcome to BORDER-ZINE...

the new E-Zine, from the Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD).

This new information service is an initiative made possible with funding from the EU INTERREG IVA Programme, through the Special EU Programmes Body. It is part of our larger INTERREG IVA Project -  the Ireland Northern Ireland Cross Border Cooperation Observatory, Phase 2 – otherwise known as INICCO-2 that is being jointly managed and delivered by CCBS and ICLRD. (See item on INICCO-2 below.)

The E-zine will be published regularly throughout the year. We welcome your contributions on forthcoming cross-border events, research and other cross-border projects.
If you would like to use our online information bulletin please your details by email to


Andy Pollak, the founding Director of CCBS, is retiring after 14 years at the helm of the Centre. Andy’s name has been synonymous with the work of the Centre and his passion for and commitment to cross-border working as part of the peace process has raised the profile of the Centre to the important position it holds today. 

After an advertisement, shortlisting and interview process, CCBS Deputy Director Ruth Taillon has been appointed Director- Designate, to take up the Director’s post at the beginning of June. She can be contacted at; tel: +44 28 3751 1559.


The Centre is in a period of transition as its founding Director approaches retirement and a new Director has been appointed to lead the Centre from June 2013. Also recently-awarded EU funded projects require a reallocation of roles and responsibilities that reflect the changing focus of our work. It is intended to appoint the new Deputy Director (Research and Policy) to start work in late summer/early autumn 2013.
Further details of the post of Deputy Director (Research and Policy) will be posted on the CCBS website in May 2013.


We were very pleased to have been one of only 14 projects shortlisted for the final call of the INTERREG IVA Programme, and INICCO-2 was awarded a total of £878,400.

Commencing February 2013, under the INICCO-2 umbrella, we will delivering a strategic package of inter-related sub-projects that together will address three strategic themes:
  1. Addressing the disadvantages and under-development of the Irish Cross-Border Region
  2. Strengthening the institutionalisation of Cross-Border Cooperation; and
  3. Supporting better integration of EU Cohesion Policy and the EU 2020 priorities in public policy and practice.
The INICCO-2 project is comprised of:
  • Towards a Border Development Zone, building on one of the recommendations of the Centre’s 2011 study, Cross-border Economic Renewal: Rethinking Regional Policy in Ireland to stimulate a form of economic development that is uniquely adapted to the cross-border region. 
  • Border People Phase 3 – in partnership with the North South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat, Citizens Advice Bureaux Northern Ireland and the Citizens Information Board (RoI) – focusing on training existing citizens advice providers in the two jurisdictions in cross-border information provision. Visit >>
  • CroSPlaN-2 is comprised of three projects led by ICLRD, on researching local authority shared services in the border region; a follow-up training and animation programme for border region councillors and officials, and developing evidence-based planning through an updated all-island digital atlas and an all-island deprivation index. Read more about CroSPlaN-2 >>
  • The Mapping Acute Specialities project is being delivered in partnership with Cooperating and Working Together (CAWT) and the Centre for Health Geoinformatics at NUI Maynooth.  To facilitate more efficient use of acute health services in the cross-border region and the island of Ireland, a new geodatabase that maps acute health specialities will be developed, supported by the training of 20 health professionals in the use of this mapping tool.
  • A Budget Toolkit for Cross-Border Projects and an Evaluation Toolkit for Cross-Border Projects will be developed to complement the Impact Assessment Toolkit for Cross-Border Cooperation  that was delivered as part of INICCO-1. Our partners in developing these new toolkits are the Euro Institute, based in Germany, and Pobal.
  • Training and Mentoring, based on the Impact Assessment Toolkit for Cross-Border Cooperation, will also be offered to support cross-border projects and partnerships. (See TRAINING AND MENTORING below).  Our partner and co-author of the Impact Assessment Toolkit is the Euro-Institute. 
Further details about INICCO-2 activities will be included in the E-zine as these projects progress


The Centre for Cross Border Studies wishes to appoint a suitably qualified researcher or researchers with an expertise and knowledge of the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland economies to carry out five scoping studies  into aspects of the economy of the cross-border region as part of the ‘Towards a Border Development Zone’ research project:  an overarching strategy and structures paper, and  four sectoral studies on SMEs, Tourism and Recreation, Agriculture, Food and Fish Processing, and Low Carbon Initiatives.
Closing date for proposals is 15 May 2013
Further information >>


The Centre for Cross Border Studies is offering a package of training and mentoring in planning a cross-border project, impact assessment , developing indicators and undertaking monitoring and evaluation. Up to three days’ training and mentoring support can be offered at no cost to organisations or partnerships that have a cross-border project idea that they would like to develop.  
Read more about Training and Mentoring >>



Universities Ireland is the ‘umbrella’ body to promote co-operation and collaboration among universities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and to enhance their reputations internationally. The secretariat of Universities Ireland is provided by the Centre for Cross Border Studies.
Visit >>


Universities Ireland is offering two – three scholarships worth €15,000 to students undertaking a recognised Master’s or the first year of a PhD programme (taught or research) in the other Irish jurisdiction. The closing date for applications for this scholarship scheme will be Friday 24th May 2013 (5pm).
Read more about the Scholarship Scheme >>


Universities Ireland is offering two bursaries to students taking a PhD on a topic relating to the 1912-1923 period in Ireland, the decade of the First World War and the division of the island into the states of Ireland (Irish Free State) and Northern Ireland. These bursaries are each worth €20,000. The closing date for applications for this bursary is Friday 31st May 2013 (4pm).
Read more about the PHD History Bursaries 2013 >>


In 2012, Universities Ireland in partnership with the Scholars at Risk- Ireland Section continues to support threatened scholars and promote academic freedom. 
SAR invites Irish universities interested in hosting scholars or hosting an event featuring an at-risk scholar to contact them at


The Centre for Cross Border Studies hosts the secretariat of the Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS). SCoTENS brings together 36 colleges of education, university education departments, teaching councils, curriculum councils, education trade unions and education centres on the island of Ireland with a responsibility for and interest in teacher education. 
Visit >>



The eighth Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland was launched on 9 April by Dr Malcolm McKibbin, the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service and the Permanent Secretary of OFMDFM. 
Read more about the Journal launch >>

BORDERLANDS: The Journal of Spatial Planning in Ireland

The International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) is delighted to announce the publication of the third issue of Borderlands: The Journal of Spatial Planning in Ireland. Launched by Prof. Peter Roberts OBE, this informative annual journal will be of interest to planning practitioners, policy-makers, community interest groups and academics. 
Read more about the Journal and its contents >>



CCBS and ICLRD are among the founder members (with Cooperation Ireland, Corrymeela, INCORE, the Institute of British Irish Studies, Glencree, Institute for Conflict Research and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland) of the 15 Years On group. The group has started a new blog to facilitate an online discussion on the successes and failures of the 15 year period since the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. It will be organising events in Derry in May and Dublin in October.
Visit the 15 Years On blog >>



The Centre for Cross Border Studies is a member of the Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network (TEIN).  TEIN is a network of 12 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. 
Visit the TEIN website >>


Planning Reform on the Island of Ireland – From Policy to PRACTICE: 2 May 2013

ICLRD and Cooperation Ireland, in association with The Department of Environment, Northern Ireland and The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Republic of Ireland are hosting a seminar, Thursday 2nd May 2013, at the Canal Court Hotel, Newry
With the impending transfer of statutory planning functions from central government to new councils in Northern Ireland in 2015 under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) and significant changes being made to the planning system in the Republic of Ireland, this aptly timed seminar will provide plenty of opportunity for lively open debate and discussion on the important – and common – planning decisions facing both jurisdictions

'Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: the Cause of Labour’: 15 June 2013

President Michael D. Higgins will deliver the keynote address at the second in the series of Universities Ireland-sponsored conferences on the 1912-1923 period which will take place at Liberty Hall in Dublin on Saturday 15th June 2013.  The conference is entitled: ‘Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: the Cause of Labour’.

Global Peace Forum, 24-26 May 2013

The Rotary Club of Londonderry is partnering with INCORE to host the 2013 Rotary Global Peace Forum in Derry/Londonderry. The Forum will bring academics, political, business, community leaders and peace activists from around the world to venues across the city to explore making, building and embedding peace from a local and international perspective.  The 15 Years On group will be hosting a workshop featuring young people’s views on the way forward at the Forum on Sunday morning.  

Business Without Borders, 25 April 2013

Business Without Borders, an event sponsored by EURES, CBI NI and IBEC with support from University of Ulster, is being held at the University of Ulster Magee Campus on 25th April. 

Speakers at this event will include Fergal O’Brien, Chief Economist at IBEC; Michael D’Arcy, D'Arcy Smyth & Associates and Paul Gosling, journalist and broadcaster, and employers from both sides of the border, who will pinpoint the opportunities for businesses across the North West region to co-operate to maximise economic potential. EURES will also reveal how they can support employers in recruiting staff from across both jurisdictions and beyond, particularly at times of high need during: for example, UK City of Culture 2013. Mobility Information Packs will be available.

Collaborate to Innovate: Access Horizon 2020, 16 May 2013

InterTradeIreland invites you to attend the conference ‘Collaborate to Innovate: Access Horizon 2020’ which will take place in Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin.
The objective of the event is to raise awareness of the opportunities in Horizon 2020 - the new EU funding mechanism for R&D and innovation - and the supports available in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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