ABI - Borderscapes and minority communtities

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The research project MinBorderscapes examines local and regional cross-border cooperation with a focus on border areas with minority identities. Furthermore, it analyses European policies to promote cross-border cooperation and conceptualises these EU policies and the cooperation on the ground as two phases of a policy cycle, namely policy formulation and policy implementation.

The project illustrates that minority-related aspects are a compelling perspective to be considered within the multidisciplinary field of border studies. Minority studies can well complement research on borders and border spaces by focusing on localness rather than state-centeredness and by providing a better understanding of contextual conditions in border regions. This can enrich the conceptual and theoretical foundations as well as the empirical work in border and minority studies.

In addition, the project adds the perspective of minority research to studies on EU cohesion policy and cross-border cooperation instruments, thereby enriching the debate on the future territorial vision of Europe and the concept of territorial and social cohesion. Research on minority-related multiethnic and multicultural realities of border regions can provide important insights for the debate on how to strengthen social and territorial cohesion in Europe.

Theoretically and conceptually, the project builds on several strands. The analysis of policy formulation and policy change at the European level is based on theories and concepts of integration and policy-making. The research on cooperation in border regions draws on theories and concepts developed in the field of border studies, especially institutionalist and governance-related approaches.

Methodologically, the project applies qualitative approaches with different research designs. It combines comparative approaches of different cross-border regions as well as single case studies. The project uses primary empirical data (gathered through expert interviews, document analysis, etc.) and secondary empirical data (eg. EGTC minoring reports by the Committee of the Regions, Eurobarometer data etc.).

Finally, the project also includes some applied research activities carried out on behalf of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino. This applied research aims at identifying success factors of cross-border cooperation projects along the Italian-Austrian border as well as the role of local authorities in cross-border governance in the Italian-Austrian border area.

EU & Autonomie: Auswirkungen der Politiken der Europäischen Union auf Südtirol
Engl A (2023)

Conference: Autonomie & EU | Bozen | 9.5.2023 - 9.5.2023

Grenzregionen in der Europäischen Union: die Rolle von Identität und Diversität für die grenzüberschreitende Zusammenarbeit
Engl A (2023)

Conference: 15. Interdisziplinäres Doktorandenkolloqium der Andrássy Universität Budapest | Budapest (online) | 30.5.2023 - 31.5.2023

Interview zu 25 Jahren Europaregion und Übergabe der Euregio Präsidentschaft an Südtirol
Engl A (2023)
Medienanalyse: Berichterstattung zur Europaregion in den Tageszeitungen Dolomiten, Tiroler Tageszeitung und L’Adige (2011-2020)

Engl A (2022)

Conference: Ausbildungsprogramm für die Journalistenkammer Trentino-Südtirol "Der Europäische Verbund für territoriale Zusammenarbeit - Euregio Tirol-Südtirol-Trentino - 10 Jahre nach seiner Gründung| Neue Entwicklungen, Reform des Statuts und euroregionale Projekte". | Bozen : 17.3.2022 - 17.3.2022


Grenzüberschreitungen: Europaregionen - ein Modell?
Engl A (2022)

Conference: Journalismusfest Innsbruck, Internationale Tage der Information | Innsbruck | 13.5.2022 - 15.5.2022

Die Grenzüberschreitende Zusammenarbeit als neue territoriale Dimension der Autonomie
Engl A (2022)

Conference: Stärke durch Wandel – Più forza dal cambiamento. 50 Jahre II. Autonomiestatut und seine Zukunft/Il cinquantenario del Secondo Statuto di Autonomia e il futuro | Bozen/Bolzano | 25.5.2022 - 26.5.2022

Die grenzüberschreitende Zusammenarbeit als neue territoriale Dimension der Autonomie
Engl A (2022)
Contribution in book
Politika 22: Südtiroler Jahrbuch für Politik / Annuario di politica dell'Alto Adige: Stärke durch Wandel. 50 Jahre Zweites Autonomiestatut und seine Zukunft / Più forza dal cambiamento. Il cinquantenario del Secondo Statuto di Autonomia e il suo futuro
Autonomies, Borders and Crossborder Cooperation
Engl A (2022)

Conference: Eurac Summer School on Human Rights, Minorities and Diversity Governance. Autonomies, Borders and Conflicts | Bozen/Bolzano | 4.7.2022 - 15.7.2022

Pull and push effects of closed borders in the Covid-19 pandemic: the EGTC European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino in a comparative perspective
Engl A (2022)

Conference: International CBC – Workshop "Cross-Border Cooperation in Crisis| Does Institutionalized CBC Contribute to Resilience and Innovation?" | Budapest : 21.10.2022 - 22.10.2022

Europäisierung von unten und über Grenzen hinweg: Euroregionen als politische Räume in europäischen Grenzgebieten
Engl A (2022)

Conference: 14. Interdisziplinäres Doktorandenkolloquium (IDK) im Rahmen der Kooperation zwischen der Andrássy Universität Budapest und der Autonomen Region Trentino-Südtirol „Perspektiven der Europäischen Zusammenarbeit“ | Budapest (online) | 1.12.2022 - 2.12.2022

The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation in a comparative perspective
Engl A (2022)

Conference: Workshop on cross-border areas, EGTC and transport policy | Nova Gorica | 23.11.2022 - 23.11.2022

Between dynamic practice and normative limits: minorities and debordering processes in the European Union
Engl A (2022)
Contribution in book
Research Handbook on Minority Politics in the European Union
Ausgebremste Grenzregionen durch Covid-19: der Aktionismus in der Europaregion Tirol-Südtirol-Trentino im europäischen Vergleich
Engl A (2021)
Contribution in book
Politika 2021, Politik und Gesellschaft im Umbruch: Folgen der Covid-19-Pandemie, Gemeinderatswahlen in Südtirol und im Trentino / Politica e società al bivio: conseguenze della pandemia Covid-19, Elezioni comunali in Alto Adige e in Trentino


Medienanalyse: Berichterstattung zur Europaregion in den Tageszeitungen Dolomiten, Tiroler Tageszeitung und l‘Adige 2011-2020
Engl A (2021)

Conference: Treffen des Euregio Generalsekretariats und der Pressebüros Südtirol, Tirol und Trentino | Riva del Garda | 21.9.2021 - 22.9.2021


EGTCs as living spaces and laboratories of European integration: Results from 15 years of research
Engl A (2021)

Conference: European Week of Regions and Cities 2021 | | 11.10.2021 - 14.10.2021


10 Jahre EVTZ Europaregion Tirol-Südtirol-Trentino: Das Zusammenspiel von structure und agency im Lichte jüngster Reformvorhaben
Engl A, Alber E (2021)
Contribution in book
Nachdenken und Meter machen: Festschrift für Ferdinand Karlhofer


Stress Test for the Policy-making Capability of Cross-border Spaces? Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Euroregion Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino
Engl A, Wisthaler V (2020)
Journal article
Journal of Borderlands Studies



Agenda-setting dynamics in the post-2020 cohesion policy reform: the pathway towards the European cross-border mechanism as possible policy change
Engl A, Evrard E (2020)
Journal article
Journal of European Integration



Key-note: Erfolgsfaktoren für grenzüberschreitende Zusammenarbeit
Engl A (2020)

Conference: Follow-up Euregio-Akademie 2020 | Alpbach | 20.8.2020 - 23.8.2020


"Border Crossers" und Border Studies: Eine Multiperspektivische Bestandsaufnahme zum Grenzraum Tirol-Südtirol-Trentino
Alber E, Engl A (2020)
Contribution in book
Crossing Borders - Passaggi di confine - Grenzgänge: Festschrift für Günther Pallaver

More information: https://www.uibk.ac.at/iup/buecher/9783991060246.html


Europe’s culturally diverse borderscapes: the EGTC from the perspective of minority studies
Engl A (2020)
Contribution in book
15 years of the EGTCs: lessons learnt and future perspectives

More information: http://legalaccess.cesci-net.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/1 ...


Achtung, Grenze!
Engl A (2020)
ff – Südtiroler Wochenmagazin
Horizontale und vertikale Kooperation in der Europaregion – Grundlagen und Grundfragen
Engl A (2019)
Contribution in book
Verwaltungskooperation in der Europaregion: Potenziale ohne Grenzen?


Grenzüberschreitende Governance und Bürgernähe: Die Rolle von „Grenz“-Gemeinden in der Europaregion Tirol-Südtirol-Trentino
Alber E, Engl A, Klotz G, Kofler I (2019)
Bolzano/Bozen: Eurac Research
Authored book


Grenzüberschreitende alpine Governance und Bürgernähe: die Rolle der Gemeinden in der Europaregion Tirol-Südtirol-Trentino
Alber E, Klotz G, Engl A, Kofler I (2019)

Conference: Euregio Eurac Research| Alpine Governance und Grenzgemeinden | Bozen : 27.2.2019 - 27.2.2019


Towards an EU policy for cross-border areas? Analysing the emergence of the European cross-border mechanism as policy change
Engl A (2018)

Conference: Tag der Politikwissenschaft | Innsbruck | 29.11.2018 - 30.11.2018

Taking Stock of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC): From Policy Formulation to Policy Implementation
Estelle E, Engl A (2018)
Contribution in book
European Territorial Cooperation. Theoretical and Empirical Approaches to the Process and Impacts of Cross-Border and Transnational Cooperation in Europe


Europaregion und Autonomiereform: Ein Euregio-spezifisches Teilbild als Abbild für die Debatten im Konvent der 33 und in der Consulta
Engl A (2018)
Contribution in book
Politika 2018. Autonomiekonvent und Consulta Die Reform des Autonomiestatuts der Region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol: partizipative Prozesse im Vergleich. Convenzione sull’Autonomia e Consulta La riforma dello Statuto d’autonomia della Regione Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol: processi partecipativi a confronto


Towards a Euro‐regional migration governance? Comparing the political debates on refugees and asylum seekers in the European region Tyrol‐South Tyrol‐Trentino
Engl A (2017)

Conference: Migprosp Conference “The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance” | European University Institute, Florence | 25.5.2017 - 26.5.2017

Local pragmatism or grand narratives? Comparing the political debates on refugees and asylum seekers in the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino
Wisthaler V, Engl A (2017)
Divergenz trotz Kooperation. Der politische Diskurs zu Flüchtlingen und Asylwerbenden in der Europaregion Tirol - Südtirol –Trentino
Engl A, Wisthaler V (2017)
Contribution in book
Politika 2017, Südtiroler Jahrbuch für Politik


Europaregionen und EVTZ: Konkurrenz oder Komplementarität?
Engl A (2017)
Contribution in book
Der Europäische Verbund für territoriale Zusammenarbeit


Malloy TH, Popova Z, Wolf S, Boulter C, Woelk J, Zwilling C, Klotz G, Engl A, Bagdasarova N (2016)
Flensburg: ECMI

More information: http://www.eurac.edu/en/research/autonomies/sfereg/network/D ...


Bridging borders through institution-building: the EGTC as a facilitator of institutional integration in cross-border regions
Engl A (2016)
Journal article
Regional & Federal Studies



Cross-Border Cooperation and its Potential for Minorities in Selected Border Regions of OSCE Member States
Zwilling C, Woelk J, Klotz G, Engl A (2016)

More information: http://www.eurac.edu/en/research/autonomies/sfereg/network/D ...


Die Gemeinden der Europaregion Tirol-Südtirol-Trentino: gesellschaftspolitische Herausforderungen und institutionelle Innovation
Engl A, Pallaver G, Alber E (2016)
Journal article
Politika. Südtiroler Jahrbuch für Politik = Annuario di politica dell'Alto Adige = Anuer de pulitica di Südtirol


Bridging National and Ethnic Borders: The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation as a Space for Minorities
Engl A, Mitterhofer J (2015)
Contribution in book
European Yearbook of Minority Issues, Volume 12 (2013)


Zusammenhalt und Vielfalt in Europas Grenzregionen: der Europäische Verbund für territoriale Zusammenarbeit in normativer und praktischer Dimension
Engl A (2014)
Baden-Baden: Nomos
(Schriftenreihe der Europäischen Akademie Bozen, Bereich "Minderheiten und Autonomien")
Authored book


Future perspectives on territorial cooperation in Europe: the EC regulation on a European grouping of territorial cooperation and the planned Council of Europe third protocol to the Madrid outline convention concerning euroregional co-operation groupings
Engl A (2007)
Bozen: EURAC research
Journal article
European Diversity and Autonomy Papers - EDAP


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