Julie E.E. Young

Canada Research Chair in Critical Border Studies

Tier 2 - 2018-01-01
Renewed: 2023-01-01
University of Lethbridge
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Research involves

Studying the impacts of Canada’s border control policies and practices on North American border communities.

Research relevance

This research will provide insight into the consequences of Canadian border policies and establish a network of migration, refugee and Indigenous studies scholars.

Research summary

Border control policies are based in struggles over who should be allowed to move across international boundary lines and under what conditions—as well as who has the authority to draw those boundaries and set those conditions. The COVID-19 pandemic raised many interesting questions about global border control policies because it led to the closure of borders around the world.

As Canada Research Chair in Critical Border Studies, Dr. Julie Young is analyzing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on border management policies. She and her research team aim to shed light on how these policies have affected migration patterns, experiences and advocacy networks around the Canada-US border and regionally. They are also continuing their work to develop a network of scholars engaged in border studies in the context of settler colonial nation-states.