BORDER BUFFS VISIT EASTERN EUROPE

Issue date: 16 May 2002


Ann Kennard, a Principal Lecturer from the University of the West of England, is to undertake an unusual 'border trip' with a group of like-minded individuals who share an interest in the borders and frontiers of Europe.

'The Great Eastern European Border Expedition’, 1-8 July, will involve crossing approximately 25 official borders, and cover 8 Eastern European tripoints as well as visiting border areas in Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary.

The group is international, with individuals from Canada, the US, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland. Their interests span both the geographical and the political and the group was formed through contact over the Internet.

Borders, border regions and cross-border co-operation are key areas of Ann Kennard's research*. Ann, who is the only woman taking part in the trip, says, "In recent years changes in Eastern Europe have re-drawn many borders and further changes will occur as new members such as Poland join the EU. The enlargement of the EU is also significant in terms of the 'Schengen' agreement which allows internal movement between EU countries but requires greater security on the external borders of the EU. The UK, Eire and Denmark are not currently part of this agreement."

Ann says there are also economic and social issues related to border regions, "Many border regions are economically deprived and special European funding is made available to improve these areas. Borders are also very significant in terms of dealing with issues such as immigration, drug smuggling and crime."

Ann, who is Head of German at the University of the West of England, is a fluent speaker of Polish, German and French. For further information contact Ann.Kennard@uwe.ac.uk
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Editors Notes:

ANN KENNARD, Head of School of German; Principal Lecturer in German,
Faculty of Languages and European Studies, University of the West of England

*Publications and other public output

Chapters in books
‘Transnational Planning in the German-Polish Border Region’ in N. Parker, W.Armstrong (eds.) Margins in European Integration by, Macmillan 2000, pp.128-152, ISBN 0 333 74710 0

‘The changing role of border regions in Europe’ in Ingham H. and Ingham M. (eds.) EU Expansion to the East: Prospects and Problems, Edward Elgar 2002, pp.188-204, ISBN 1 84064 824 4

Conference papers (published)
Emerging Relations between Germany and Poland since German unification, German Monitor, No.34 1995, pp.85-93, ISBN 90-5183-833-0

Die deutsch-polnische Grenzkooperation - Auswirkungen und Entwicklungsziele im Vergleich zu anderen europäischen Grenzräumen (German-Polish border cooperation - effects and development aims in comparison with other European border areas), Symposium held by the Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung e.V., 11/12. September 1995 in Görlitz, Germany, pp.51-55, ISSN 0944-114X

“A Perspective on German-Polish Cross-Border Cooperation and European Integration” in “Schengen and the Enlargement of the European Union”, the Proceedings from an International Conference at Vienna and Bratislava on 17-20 April 1997, pp.53-61, edited by Malcolm Anderson and Eberhard Bort. Published by the International Social Sciences Institute (ISSI), University of Edinburgh. ISBN 0-9525469-3-0

Academic Journal Papers (published)
‘The German-Polish Border as a Model for East-West European Regional Integration: Trans-Border Cooperation on the Oder-Neisse Line’, German Politics, Vol.4, No.1, April 1995, pp. 141-149, ISSN 0964-4008

‘Issues of Identity in the Polish-German Border Region’, Journal of Area Studies, Issue 8, Spring 1996, pp. 106-119, ISSN 0261-3530

‘The role of central and eastern Europe in the EU’s regional planning agenda for the new millennium’
Journal of European Area Studies, Vol.8,No.2,2000, pp. 203-219, ISSN 1460-8464

‘From East to West: Planning in cross-border and transnational regions’ with Caroline Brown, European Spatial Research and Policy, Vol.8,No.1,2001, pp. 15-28, ISSN 1231-1952

Publications forthcoming
‘Transboundary cooperation as a vehicle for cultural interchange: a case study of Poland’ in U.Kockel (ed.) Culture and economic development in Europe.

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