Envisioning Research on Immigration and Borders
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This is a community of practice made of UTEP faculty, community advocates, non-governmental organizations, and members of the community in order to identify areas of research that have the most need, impact, and visibility on border and immigration issues from human security/human rights/human well-being perspectives. There are two areas of focus: (1) Migration, authorized, unauthorized, and asylum; and (2) Ports of entry, mobility (trade and travel), and border community well-being. The tasks are to identify major emerging issues, to cluster people around them, and to start working groups on research proposals and writing projects. We will explore research opportunities on two time horizons: (1) short-term projects, ones that can be accomplished with data already collected by UTEP faculty and their colleagues; and (2) developing strategies for long and medium term research needs that may require, in part, external funding and may take several years before coming to fruition. We will develop or deepen relationships with non-UTEP scholars, NGOs, and think tanks.


(1) To produce policy papers and scholarly publications based on existing data collections; (2) To produce high quality proposals for externally funded research (resulting in the long run in further policy papers and scholarly publications); and (3) To make UTEP a widely recognized center for border studies from human security/human rights/human well-being perspectives.


  1. asylum
  2. border studies
  3. human rights
  4. human security
  5. immigration
  6. mobility
  7. trade
  8. travel
  9. U.S.-Mexico border


  1. Cross-cutting: U.S.-Mexico and Latin America: Social and Behavioral Issues


Lusk, Mark
Health Sciences - Social Work
border health, Community Engaged Scholarship, international development, migration, Social work

Moya, Eva
Associate Professor
Health Sciences - Social Work
Community-engaged scholarship., Homelessness, Intimate Partner Violence, Photovoice Methodology, Sexual and Reproductive Health, tuberculosis

Assistant Professor
Liberal Arts - Sociology and Anthropology
borders, cultural geography, illegalized drugs, Mexico, migration, political geography, Research Methodology, state theory, violence

Liberal Arts - Political Science
border studies, environmental health, international development, Women and Gender Studies

Annotated bibliography on border crossing--processes, characteristics, effects
UTEP Resource
Josiah Heyman

Routine Border Crossing and Ports of Entry - Annotated Bibliography
Sept 13, 2016
Port traffic, inspections, policies, economics, social effects, education, health, pollution/environment.
53 entries, most with detailed annotations
Significant representation of UTEP researchers, offering a useful way to identify topical research contacts.

Human Rights and Human Security--key concepts--literature review
UTEP Resource
Josiah Heyman

Human Values Literature Review
Marlene Flores, MA student, Latin American and Border Studies

Table of Contents
Section I
1. Introduction 1
2. Human Rights 1
3. Human Development 3
4. Human Security 3
5. Well-being 4
6. Social Justice 5
7. Limitations 6
Section II
The U.S. - Mexico Border 8
8. Human rights at the Border 8
9. Human Development at the Border 10
10. Human Security at the Border 11
11. Social Justice at the Border 14

Survey of U.S. and Mexican NGOs on research needs and concerns (April 2016)
Josiah Heyman

A survey of NGOs working on human rights and human security at the U.S.-Mexico border, in April 2016 (note the time specificity of the information). The survey asked them to identify research/knowledge needs, so this can be useful for community-engaged research. Key overall themes are identified, as well as transcripts of raw responses. This represents community voices, and not the policy position(s) of the Center for Interamerican and Border Studies or UTEP.


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