One of my key duties at Durham is directorship of IBRU, formerly the International Boundaries Research Unit and now IBRU: Durham University’s Centre for Borders Research. IBRU’s expertise lies at the intersection of law and geography: how lines get drawn on maps (and on the ground and in the sea) to divide territories, but also how these lines are then maintained and managed to govern the flows of people, goods, and ideas that cross them.
At the core of IBRU’s work are training sessions given by and for professionals in the international boundary-making community. These are supplemented with consulting ventures, publications, and research initiatives (including the ICE LAW Project).
For more information, see IBRU’s webpage at http://www.dur.ac.uk/ibru.