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Did COVID doom isolated WA town? State and federal leaders asked to help save it

While McClatchy was in Point Roberts, researchers from the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University were there to interview residents about all impacts of the border closures.

Dr. Laurie Trautman is the director of the program…

WWU's Center for Canadian-American Studies highlighted at recent national conference 2023-12-12
WWU’s Border Policy Research Institute examines effects of U.S.-Canada pandemic travel restrictions 2023-05-09
Whatcom-B.C. personal vehicle traffic remains below pre-pandemic levels

“Based on previous research, we had predicted early on in the pandemic that Whatcom’s retail sector would take a big hit from the lack of Canadians, which comprise as much as 12% of retail sales tax in some categories,” said Laurie Trautman, Ph.D., director of the …

BPRI to study impact of border restrictions, among new projects

A research institute at Western Washington University is partnering with two Canadian universities to study several cross-border topics in the Cascadia region, including the impacts of pandemic travel restrictions.

WWU’s Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) and Simon…

By thinking beyond borders, Northwest leaders craft an innovative approach to climate change

For Laurie Trautman, director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University, these partnerships are a reason for optimism.

“I think we are uniquely positioned to build on our region’s incredible talent,” she said. “We have a history of being collaborative, and…

On the Border: Niagara Falls

"On the Border: Niagara Falls" is part of the BBC's "On the Border" series, and features WWU's Laurie Trautman of the Border Policy Research Institute.

Strengthening the Ties that Bind Us in North America Across Our Borders

There are many social and economic ties that bind the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Certainly, our integrated supply chains, multinational businesses, and linkages between families and friends spread throughout the continent undergird the relationship. It is our borders, however, that…

Peach Arch Park to remain closed despite end of border restrictions

“It has been very confusing to many of us who use the park, who do a lot of border policy work,” Laurie Trautman, director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University, said of the prolonged closure.

Even with the Canadian side closed, the park proved a…

Is Canada about to ease requirements for crossing the border?

Overall, travel has been down between the U.S. and Canada when compared to 2019 and early 2020 numbers. This doesn't just affect businesses along the border, but also the ease of access that created a shared sense of place, says Laurie Trautman, director of the Border Policy Institute at…

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