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Centre of African Studies: Research


African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE)

ABORNE is an interdisciplinary network of researchers interested in all aspects of international borders and trans-boundary phenomena in Africa. The network held its inaugural meeting in Edinburgh in 2007 on the initiative of its chairman, Professor Paul Nugent and has since grown to nearly 300 members across Europe, Africa and North America.

For a more detailed introduction to ABORNE, click here.

ABORNE received funding from the Research Networking Programme of the European Science Foundation from 2009-2014.

 In 2011 ABORNE and the African Union Border Programme (AUBP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize their working relationship, which includes co-financing of ABORNE activities in order to enable participation by African scholars and continuous exchange on issues of scientific and policy relevance.

ABORNE has entered a formal agreement with Palgrave/ Macmillan to publish a book series on African borderlands. Both edited volumes and monographs are accepted. Information on publications to date is available here. For further details, please have a look at the call for manuscripts.

The network continues to collaborate on a range of research initiatives and the five-year AFRIGOS project on Transport Corridors, Border Towns and Port Cities in Africa has developed from this agenda.

For enquiries about ABORNE contact the network coordinator Dr. Wolfgang Zeller.


DRC-Uganda border traders