In the border governance topics, PolGov endeavors to fill the gaps of knowledge in the study of border governance in Indonesia. So far, cross-border assessment in Indonesia has not received widespread attention that the academic communities nor policy makers have not put it into consideration. Border area somewhat is neglected because it tends to be perceived as the backyard of the state that the operationalization of cross-border governance has not been a priority whereas the border is a political entity fortitude space is an outline of the sovereignty of a nation-state.
The main objective of this topic is to establish cross-border governance frameworks based on the mapping of existing knowledge and based on the realities on the field. This study also encourages input for policy makers in term of the management of the border area, which is not only for the National Agency for Border Management (BNPP), but also other stakeholders on issues and border policy; e.g. District Government and Provincial Government at the border region. This topic delivers a framework for PolGov to actively involve in the working group of the border studies at internal and external campus by promoting collaboration with third parties.
Through this topic, PolGov offers a paradigmatic transformation in defining and treating the border, namely the transformation from hard border to soft border. This approach encourages an understanding of the diversity of discursive regimes and knowledge construct border both sides of the border. This discursive understanding will be the basis for efforts to build an agreement that makes the border intersubjective, management, and development into public consideration.