The Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) at Western Washington University is a multi-disciplinary institute that undertakes research that informs policy-makers on matters related to the Canada – U.S. border, particularly in northwest Washington.
- trade and transportation
- economic relationships
- human mobility
- border security
Western Washington University established the BPRI to further a mission of promoting research, academic programs, and public programming on critical policy issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. The BPRI works closely with cognate programs at the university and collaborates with many public and private entities within the region.
Dr. Laurie Trautman is the Director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University. She engages in a range of research activities focused on the U.S. – Canada border, particularly in the Washington – British Columbia region. Topics include trade, transportation, immigration, and environmental management. In addition to her role on campus working with faculty and students, she collaborates with the private sector and government agencies to advance policy solutions that balance cross-border flows with the need for efficiency and security. Laurie participates in a number of working groups that are actively engaged in the U.S. – Canada relationship, including the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, the International Mobility and Trade Corridor Program, the Canada – U.S. Transportation Border Working Group, and the North American Leader’s Summit Stakeholder Dialogue. Laurie holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Oregon, a MSc. from Montana State University, and a BA from Western Washington University in Environmental Economics.