Co-ordinator of the Institute of Island Studies and the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability is Dr. Laurie Brinklow. Laurie is a writer, editor, and former book publisher of Charlottetown’s Acorn Press. She is a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program at UPEI.
A 2007 graduate of the MAIS program (2007), she graduated with her PhD in Geography and Environmental Studies from University of Tasmania in 2015. A long-time “islophile,” Laurie was Publishing Co-ordinator with the Institute of Island Studies (1990-2004) and helped co-ordinate the North Atlantic Islands Programme (1994-98), which led to the formation of the North Atlantic Forum. In 2015 she chaired the Building Community Resilience Conference (the 10th North Atlantic Forum and 27th Canadian Rural Restructuring Foundation annual conference) held in Summerside, and served on the steering committee of the international symposium, Building Small Island Resilience to Global Climate Change. She teaches “Islandness” in the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program and is the alumni rep on the MAIS Steering Committee.
Dr. Brinklow is Secretary of the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA), a Board Member of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF), and is an ex officio member of the Vinland Society of Prince Edward Island Executive Committee. She is also Iceland’s Honorary Consul to Prince Edward Island.
In 2018 she was awarded the Hessian Merit Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Sessional Instructor at UPEI.