Border Research Partnership
COLEF - NACTS - Mexico Institute
Maximizing the advantages of the border and sharpening regional competitiveness require state-of-the-art research. To meet this demand, the Border Research Partnership works with policymakers to arrive at sound public policy solutions. The partnership comprises El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF), the North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS), and the Woodrow Wilson Center Mexico Institute. The partnership takes advantage of each member’s unique strengths.
The partnership is shaped by the vision and goals put forward in the Strategic Guidelines for the Competitive and Sustainable Development of the U.S.-Mexico Transborder Region, commissioned by the Border Governors Conference (BGC) and approved at BGC XXVII. The partnership promotes regional competitiveness, security, quality of life, and environmental sustainability. It seeks to advance research wherever cross-border cooperation is needed—at the federal, state, and municipal levels, as well as beyond the immediate border region. Our research is focused on the following issue-areas: environmental sustainability, transportation infrastructure, economic integration, public security, and energy.
Current partnership activities include:
- Cross-Border Cooperation and Innovation: Awards & Book Publication
Issue-Specific Research and Programming
Strategic Plan: Survey of Border-Region Priorities and Needs
Indicators of Progress and a Social Development Index for the Transborder Region
For links to the full text of the Strategic Guidelines in English and Spanish and additional resources, please see the "Project Resources" section to the right.
For further information about the Border Research Partnership, please contact:
North American Center for Transborder Studies
Rick Van Schoik, Director
Erik Lee, Associate Director
Francisco Lara-Valencia, Assistant Professor, School of Transborder Studies
Woodrow Wilson Center Mexico Institute
Andrew Selee, Director
Robert Donnelly, Program Associate
El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF)
Carlos de la Parra, Research Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Studies
Mario Lopez, Research Assistant
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