CCBS 15th Anniversary and Launch of the Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland 2014

The Board and Staff of the Centre for Cross Border Studies

would like to invite you to join us at a celebration of

 

The Centre’s 15th Anniversary
and the
Launch of the Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland 2014

at
 
European Commission Office in Northern Ireland
74 – 76 Dublin Road
Belfast BT2 7HP

Thursday 13 November 2014
5.30pm – 7.30pm


Head of Belfast Office of the EU Commission, Ms Colette Fitzgerald will speak and launch the Journal at 6.15pm.

Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this event. Car parking is available nearby (see here).

If you are able to attend please click here to register online or contact Claire Toner.

CCBS at the John Hewitt Summer School: Ross Martin, SCDI

The Centre for Cross Border Studies is a proud supporter of the John Hewitt Society, which has developed a range of literary and cultural activities aimed at breaking down parochialism, narrow and exclusive concepts of identity, and hostility towards the ‘other’. Each year, CCBS sponsors an annual talk as part of the Society’s Summer School; this year’s speaker is Ross Martin, a leading public policy professional in Scotland. Ross is currently Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry; he previously held the post of Director of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy. In light of the upcoming Scottish independence referendum, Ross will be addressing the key issues facing the Scottish economy and the potential points of policy discontinuity which the referendum represents.

Date: Thursday 31 July, 9.45am
Venue: Marketplace Theatre, Armagh
Entry: £7

To book tickets for this event, and to find out more about the John Hewitt Summer School, please click here.

Read the Press Release

SCoTENs annual conference 2014

The 12th SCoTENs annual conference will take place on the Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd October 2014 in Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen.

For further information, click here

Conference: Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: the road to war

Universities Ireland, the network of university presidents and vice-chancellors on the island of Ireland, is sponsoring the third in a series of conferences to commemorate the centenary of key events in the history of modern Ireland ranging from the Ulster Covenant, through the First World War and the 1916 Rising, to the foundation of the Irish and Northern Irish States in Belfast City Hall on Saturday 14th June under the title Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: the road to war.

The keynote speakers will include Professor Thomas Otte, Professor of Diplomatic History, University of East Anglia who will deliver an address entitled July 1914: Reflections on an Inadvertent war and Professor Keith Jeffery, Professor of British History, Queen’s University Belfast who will deliver an address entitled Reflections on Ireland and the First World War.

Download a draft programme

Please register for this free event at http://theroadtowar.eventbrite.co.uk

2014 CCBS/ICLRD Conference - Audio, PowerPoint presentations & Transcripts

The Annual CCBS/ICLRD Conference was held at the Cavan Crystal Hotel on 30 – 31 January 2014.

The theme of the Conference was Cross Border Economic Development and the Border Development Zone Concept.

The Border Development Zone (BDZ) project investigates ways of tackling the region’s unique double challenge of peripherality and the presence of an international border, and how the whole region can be re-integrated into the Northern Irish, Irish and island-wide economies. The project is centred around five short pieces of follow-up action research, which are as follows:

  1. overall Border Development Zone strategy and structure; [PDF 116Kb]
  2. SME enterprise in goods and services with an export potential; [PDF 28Kb]
  3. tourism and recreation; [PDF 213Kb]
  4. agriculture, food and fish processing; [PDF 137Kb]
  5. low carbon initiatives, energy saving and renewable energy. [PDF 51Kb]

The programme below contains links to some of the speeches made by invited guest speakers and any PowerPoint presentations that accompanied them.

PROGRAMME

Day 1 – 30th January 2014

14.00 Welcome

Mr. John Driscoll, Director, International Centre for Local and Regional Development

Ms. Ruth Taillon, Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies

Session 1: Local Government as Drivers of Territorial Cohesion

14.20 Introduction to Session

Ms. Ruth Taillon, Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies

14.25 Integrating Territorial Cohesion and the Economic Agenda: The Role of Local and Regional Government in Cross-Border Cooperation

Dr. Joachim Beck, Director, Euro-Institute, Kehl, Germany This will focus on the period 2014-2020, considering the application of Territorial Cohesion and its core objectives in the Irish border region. It will consider the role of cross-border cooperation, whether driven by local or regional government, in driving forward an economic agenda.

15.00 Questions and Answers

Session 2: Introduction to the Border Development Zone (BDZ) Concept

15.30 Welcome by Chair and Introduction to the Border Development Zone

Mr. Padraic White, Chair, Border Development Zone Steering Committee

15.50 Border Development Zone: A Strategic Approach

Mr. Philip McDonagh, Independent Economist Overview of the BDZ Overall Strategy and Structure Scoping Paper; with the proposed actions being presented using the three key dimensions advocated by Bradley and Best in their 2012 study on cross-border economic renewal (and from which the idea for the BDZ emanated): spatial, sectoral & institutional.

16.10 Questions and Answers

16.30 Breakout Sessions

Four sessions:

  1. SMEs in Goods and Services (with Export Potential): Presentation by Ms. Maureen O’Reilly
    PowerPoint presentation [PDF 155Kb]
  2. Tourism and Recreation: Presentation by Dr. Eileen McGloin
    PowerPoint presentation [PDF 54Kb]
  3. Agriculture, Food and Fish Processing: Presentation by Mr. Tom Moriarty
    PowerPoint presentation [PDF 27Kb]
  4. Low Carbon, Energy Savings and Renewables: Presentation by Dr. Karen Keaveney
    PowerPoint presentation [PDF 234Kb]

17.30 Return to Plenary: Feedback from Breakout Sessions 17.50 Summation of Day 1

Mr. Andy Pollak, Project Manager, Border Development Zone Project

18.00 End Day 1

19.15 Reception With address by Mr. Jack Keyes, County Manager, Cavan County Council

20.00 Conference Dinner With after-dinner address by Mr. Stewart Dickson, MLA & Rapporteur on Interregional Cooperation, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

Day 2 – 31st January 2014

Session 3: Local Government Working Across Borders: Learning from Scotland

09.30 Welcome by Chair Prof. Deborah Peel, Chair of Architecture and Planning, University of Dundee

09.45 Facilitated conversation between:

  • Mr. Ross Martin, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Development and Industry (formerly Director of Centre for Scottish Public Policy)
  • Mr. Gavin Stevenson, Chief Executive, Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • Mr. Keith Winter, Executive Director – Environment, Enterprise & Communities Directorate, Fife Council
  • Mr. Danny McSorley, Chief Executive, Omagh District Council & Interim Chief Executive, Strabane District Council

Drawing from the Scottish experience, with an Island of Ireland respondent, a cross-border, inter-regional debate focusing on dynamic local economic development

10.30 Questions and Answers

Session 4: Progressing the Border Development Zone (BDZ)

10.45 Welcome by Chair Prof. Greg Lloyd, Head of School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster

10.50 Advancing the Spatial, Sectoral and Institutional Dimensions of the BDZ

Mr. Philip McDonagh, Independent Economist Drawing together the original research findings and subsequent discussion points from the breakout sessions on Day 1.

Following this short intervention, delegates will be invited to join one of three parallel sessions centred around key dimensions of the BDZ to propose a way forward for this concept. This should include both short-term and medium-term action points.

11.45 Breakout Sessions

Three sessions:

  1. The Spatial Dimension: Facilitated by Mr. John Driscoll, Director, ICLRD
  2. The Sectoral Dimension: Facilitated by Mr. Andy Pollak, Project Manager, Border Development Zone Concept
  3. The Institutional Dimension: Facilitated by Mr. Padraic White, Chair, Border Development Zone Steering Committee

12.45 Return to Plenary: Feedback from Parallel Sessions

Short summation of each of the sessions, with the emphasis being placed on how to further the development of the BDZ and, where relevant, who will now take a ‘lead’ in driving this objective forward.

13.05 Closing Address: The Role of the EU?

Ms. Marian Harkin, MEP

CCBS/ICLRD Conference 2014: Programme & Registration

Concept Cross Border Economic Development and the Border Development Zone

Joint Conference by the Centre for Cross Border Studies and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development

Venue: Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan

Date: 30-31 January 2014

Registration closed

The Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) will be holding a joint conference on 30-31st January 2014 in Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan. The theme of this two-day event is Cross-Border Economic Development and the Border Development Zone (BDZ) Concept.

While there is no longer an all-island Common Chapter, the Irish Government’s 2007-2013 National Development Plan (NDP) notes that the border “causes natural markets to fragment along territorial lines, reducing economic interaction and the opportunity to develop economies of scale and strong indigenous industries is lost. Firms tend to shun border regions and infrastructural links are not developed, resulting in unbalanced economic growth. Taking an all-island approach will help deliver more balanced regional development and address the negative effects of the border” (p.96).

The Towards a Border Development Zone (BDZ) action research project explores the potential of a joint economic development approach across the whole Irish and Northern Irish cross-border region. This project is funded by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

The idea for the BDZ originated in a meeting of policy makers (including representatives of InterTradeIreland, Invest NI, Forfás, Enterprise Ireland and IBEC) in Newry in September 2011 to discuss the emerging findings of the Bradley & Best report, Cross-Border Economic Renewal: Rethinking Regional Policy in Ireland, which was commissioned by the Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS). Previous research by CCBS and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD)has shown that this region has been cut off from the organic links that exist between more centralised regions in both Irish jurisdictions.

The BDZ project investigates ways of tackling the region’s unique double challenge of peripherality and the presence of an international border, and how the whole region can be re-integrated into the Northern Irish, Irish and island-wide economies. The project is centred around five short pieces of follow-up action research, the findings of which will be presented and discussed at this major conference.

The five action research studies are as follows:

  1. overall Border Development Zone strategy and structure; [PDF 116Kb]
  2. SME enterprise in goods and services with an export potential; [PDF 28Kb]
  3. tourism and recreation; [PDF 213Kb]
  4. agriculture, food and fish processing; [PDF 137Kb]
  5. low carbon initiatives, energy saving and renewable energy. [PDF 51Kb]

This 2-day conference will bring together leading figures from the border region, including representatives from local authorities, local enterprise agencies and business organisations, along with individual entrepreneurs and business leaders from the cross-border region and interested central government officials. It will identify a different and innovative way of mobilising existing resources and structures in the cross-border region and consider how key regional actors can drive this new strategy to revive and energise the region from the ‘bottom up’.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Dr. Joachim Beck, Director of Euro-Institute;
  • Mr. Ross Martin, Chief Executive of Scottish Council for Development and Industry;
  • Mr. Philip McDonagh, Independent Economist;
  • Mr. Keith Winters, Executive Director – Environment, Enterprise and Communities Directorate at Fife Council;
  • Mr. Stewart Dickson, MLA and Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe; and
  • Ms. Marian Harkin, MEP.

Download the Programme [PDF 1570Kb]

We look forward to seeing you in Cavan. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding this event, or the registration process, please contact Ms. Eimear Donnelly, Centre for Cross Border Studies at eimear.donnelly@qub.ac.uk or on 028 3751 5292 (048 from the Republic).

Speakers confirmed for Joint Conference by CCBS & ICLRD

Venue: Cavan Crystal Hotel

Date: 30-31 January 2014

The Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) will be holding a joint conference on 30-31st January 2014 in Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan. The theme of this two-day event is Cross-Border Economic Development and the Border Development Zone (BDZ) Concept.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Dr. Joachim Beck, Director of Euro-Institute;
  • Mr. Ross Martin, Chief Executive of Scottish Council for Development and Industry;
  • Mr. Philip McDonagh, Independent Economist; and
  • Ms. Marian Harkin, MEP.

For further information, please contact Ms. Eimear Donnelly, Centre for Cross Border Studies at eimear.donnelly@qub.ac.uk or on or on 028 3751 5292 (048 from the Republic).

This conference is part-financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

2013 SCoTENS Conference Booking Forms

The invitation letters for the eleventh annual SCoTENS Conference were sent out today.

Should you wish to register for the conference or the Seed Funding Workshop, please print out the relevant form(s) below and return to

Eimear Donnelly
Centre for Cross Border Studies
39 Abbey Street
Armagh BT61 7EB

by Wednesday 25th September 2013, following the instructions contained in the documents.

Launch of study findings - Newry, 18 October 2013

Building Change Trust logoThe Building Change Trust has commissioned an opinion piece by Andy Pollak and Brian Harvey of the Centre for Cross Border Studies: “The Potential for Cross Border Exchange and Learning in respect of change in the Community and Voluntary Sector.

The Trust has been conscious that many organisations in Northern Ireland look to the UK for learning about change and development.

This led us to think about the potential for learning within the community and voluntary sector on a cross border basis given the apparent differential development on both sides of the border, and the particular challenges posed for Republic of Ireland organisations given the severe economic downturn.

Whilst there are some organisations working on an all island, and islands, basis it seems much cross border work is for the purposes of Peace and Reconciliation, with limited consideration in the sector given to other learning and development opportunities.

The opinion piece which has now been completed will be published in September and followed up with an open seminar and debate taking place on Friday 18 October at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry, commencing with registration at 1030, closing at 1245 with a networking lunch.

Download the report [PDF 4068 KB]

Further details, including agenda and speakers, will be announced in due course.

Register for the event (via EventBrite)

The Building Change Trust was established in 2008 by the Big Lottery Fund with a National Lottery grant of £10million as an investment for community capacity building and promotion of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.
The Trust supports the community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland through the development, delivery of, and learning from a range of programmes including commissioned work, awards programmes and other interventions.

The 26th John Hewitt International Summer School 22nd – 26th July 2013

The 26th JHISS brings together in Armagh’s Market Place Theatre high-profile writers, artists, performers, speakers and critics to consider this year’s theme, “Living Among Strangers: the lost meaning of home” inspired by John Hewitt’s poem, ‘The Search

On Monday 22nd July 2013 – The Centre for Cross Border Studies Annual Talk: ‘14 years of crossborder collaboration: the usefulness of outsiders’ by Andy Pollak.

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