14 May 18 | News

LISER Researcher named co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Borderlands Studies

The leading international journal is dedicated exclusively to the systematic interchange of ideas and information relating to international border areas.

San Antonio, USA – At the recent conference of the Association for Borderlands Studies in San Antonio, LISER researcher Christophe Sohn  was introduced as the new co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Borderlands Studies together with Sergio Peña from COLEF (El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico). They both succeed to Prof. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly from the University of Victoria (Canada).

The nomination of a LISER researcher highlights the importance of Luxembourg’s and the Greater Region’s unique and excellent laboratory for investigating social policy issues that are of key importance for the process of cross-border cooperation and European integration. Substantial institutional differences within a relatively small distance and their impact on cross-border activities like firm location, household mobility, monetary flows, and the like are generating an abundance of research topics, which are of relevance for a better understanding of the mechanisms of economic and social convergence or divergence.

As co-editor-in-chief, Christophe is looking forward to taking the Journal of Borderland Studies to a new level, specifically as a premier outlet internationally recognized for publishing the most innovative and influential contributions to the field of border studies while embracing the diversity of intellectual perspectives, inter-disciplinary approaches and cultural contexts that characterize it.

Christophe’s research interests focus on European cross-border regions and border cities, the dynamics of cross-border integration and cooperation and the notion of borders as resources. He has been the principal investigator of various national and EU-funded research projects focusing on European cross-border metropolitan regions (e.g. Basel, Copenhagen-Malmo, Geneva, Luxembourg, Vienna-Bratislava). From August 1st, 2016 to July 31, 2017, Christophe was visiting scholar at the Centre for U.-S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

From left: Christophe Sohn (LISER), Prof. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (UVic) & Sergio Pena (COLEF)

About the Journal: The Journal of Borderlands Studies is the primary publication of the Association for Borderlands Studies, which has distinguished itself as a leading forum for border research. The mission of the journal is to promote the production of critical and practical knowledge with the highest standards in all areas and human dimensions that affect borders, borderland regions and their inhabitants in a manner that such knowledge will be helpful to promote more understanding among people and human progress. Widely consulted by educators, practitioners and researchers, the journal publishes papers from all social science, humanities and business disciplines focusing on border issues.