Border Studies in the Greater Region SaarLorLux

UniGR-Center for Border Studies

The UniGR-Center for Border Studies (UniGR-CBS) is a thematic cross-border network of researchers from the UniGR universities in France, Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg conducting research on borders and border issues. The network considers itself as a multidisciplinary platform of border studies within the Greater Region. Combining the projects of the participating universities in the field of border studies, the network supports the development of cross-border initiatives, and ensures greater international visibility. The University of Luxembourg supports the activities of the UniGR-Center for Border Studies and houses the coordination of the UniGR-CBS network.

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GRETI – Interdisciplinary Research Unit on a cross-border level

(Groupement de Recherches Transfrontalières Interdisciplinaires)

GRETI arises from an initiative by researchers coming from Saarland University, University of Luxembourg, University of Lorraine and University of Strasbourg. Since 2010, the research network pursues an interdisciplinary approach and works in the framework of multinational courses and corporate research projects. These disciplines analyse related limits and questions from a linguistic, geographic and sociological perspective. The UniGR-Center for Border Studies is in close contact with the colleagues of GRETI and cooperates with the network regarding events and corporate projects.

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Border Studies at the University of Luxembourg

European Migration Network National Contact Point Luxembourg

The European Migration Network (EMN) was established by Council Decision 2008/381/EC with the objective to:

• meet the information needs of Union institutions and of Member States’ authorities and institutions
• provide up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and asylum
• support policymaking in the European Union in these areas
• provide the general public with such information.

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Key Area MIS – Multilingualism and Intercultural Studies

The Key Area builds on current developments in modern cultural and social studies and examines the productive-creative (re-)combination as well as the social, structural and institutional barriers of linguistic and cultural repertoires and constellations in different subject areas and dimensions. The Key Area is housed in the humanities faculty of the University of Luxembourg and operates in a multidisciplinary group. More information:

Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning

The Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning was established in April 2006 and is part of the Research Unit IPSE (Identités. Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces). The institute is devoted to studying regional and local development and planning (amongst others in Luxembourg and in the Greater Region), European urban and spatial policy and also sustainable spatial development.

The institute hosts the National Contact Point for the EU programme ESPON (European Spatial Planning Observation Network) and the National Contact Point for the EMN (European Migration Network) as well as the Observatoire Belval.

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Recent Publications of the Organizing Committee