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Boundary-making and resolving disputed territorial claims

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Research conducted by our International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU) since the 1990s has improved the understanding of boundaries and boundary-making and developed end-user resources in the form of databases and digital maps. IBRU has developed processes and techniques which support peaceful dispute avoidance and resolution through an expanded notion of boundary-making on land, along rivers, and at sea. Our work has had direct impact on a range of geopolitical conflicts and disputes, particularly on boundary demarcation and dispute resolution within Africa. It has also shaped practitioner debate over jurisdictional issues in the Arctic and improved the representation of river boundaries in globally-used geospatial data products.

Submitting Institution

University of Durham

Unit of Assessment

Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology

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Research Subject Area(s)

Engineering: Geomatic Engineering
Law and Legal Studies: Law

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