BPRI logo in red and blue

About the Border Policy Research Institute

The Peace Arch, a large white arch with flying US and Canadian flags atop, stands at the US/Canada Border in Blaine, WA.

The Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) at Western Washington University is a multidisciplinary institute that undertakes research to inform policy-makers on matters related to the Canada–United States border, particularly in the Cascadia region.

Priority focus areas include:

  • Border management
  • Economic relationships
  • Cross-border mobility
  • Cross-border collaboration 

Western Washington University established the BPRI in 2005 after September 11th transformed border relations and security. The BPRI continues to promote research, academic programs, and public programming on critical policy issues affecting border crossings between British Columbia and Washington State. 

The BPRI works closely with cognate programs at the university and collaborates with many public and private entities throughout the region, including the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, and the Borders in Globalization initiative at the University of Victoria.

Recent Publications & Research

News & Announcements

image of split Canadian maple leaf and blue star

This virtual event is part of the "Why Canada Matters" Speaker Series.

In this talk, Dr. Campbell will visit some places and moments where Americans occupied or altered landscapes to the north, and in the process helped shape Canada's borders, politics, and identity. Her talk will also explore the environmental implications of this shared history.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
10:00-11:15 a.m. (Pacific Time)



Border Policy Research Institute Logo

Washington State and British Columbia share many connections. Despite being separated by an international boundary, there are businesses, transportation networks, families, and Indigenous nations that knit the region together, as well as ecosystems that know no borders. In the past decade, the region has faced a growing number of climate-induced natural hazards, from fires to floods, which elevate the importance of working collaboratively with our neighbors to the north on shared challenges. This presentation will provide an overview of the cross-border area known by several names: the Pacific Northwest, the Salish Sea, Cascadia. Is it a region? What are the implications of being bifurcated by an international border? How do we approach governance in a cross-border context?

Thursday, February 2, 2023 - 4:30 pm

Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in Academic Instructional Center (West) room 204 (AW-204)

Talks will also be streamed via zoom. Register with the Alumni Association for the zoom link.

World Issues Forum

Spring Quarter: Event information coming soon.

Join Our Mailing List

* indicates required