The Institute of Island Studies Executive Committee is a mix of individuals from both the University and the community. They are committed to the study of island issues and topics and the skill sets that are directly relevant to enhance the operational effectiveness and long-term vision of the Institute. Excluding ex-officio and student members, appointments are normally for three-year terms, renewable once.
Chair of the Executive Committee is Dr. Jim Randall. Jim is Professor of Island Studies at UPEI and serves as Co-ordinator of the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program and the undergraduate Island Studies minor. He is the also the co-holder (with Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino at University of Malta) of the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability. His background training is as an economic and social geographer. He has been the Principal Investigator, Co-investigator, or Collaborator on peer-reviewed grant and contract applications totalling almost $5 million (CAD) and has written more than 35 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the area of quality-of-life indicators, economic and urban geography, and community-university research collaboration. Since joining the Island Studies program at UPEI, he has written on quality-of-life issues in small island jurisdictions and biotechnology-based entrepreneurship on Prince Edward Island. He is currently writing an introductory undergraduate Island Studies eTextbook to accompany an online version of the 2nd-year Introduction to Island Studies course at UPEI.
Co-ordinator of the IIS 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. A 2007 graduate of UPEI’s Master of Arts in Island Studies (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). 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. She teaches “Islandness” in the MAIS program and is the alumni rep on the MAIS Steering Committee.
Other members of the Executive include:
Harry is a Prince Edward Island historian, author, and community activist. He was the founding Director of UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies, a position he held from 1986 to 2003. Born on the Island, he grew up knowing that – in the words of poet Milton Acorn – he was “native with a habitat,” which was “good training for living in a country, on a planet.”
Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino
Godfrey is Pro Rector (International Development) and Professor of Sociology at the University of Malta, Malta; Island Studies Teaching Fellow and co-holder (with Dr. Jim Randall) of the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability at the University of Prince Edward Island; and Visiting Professor of Island Tourism at the Università di Corsica Pasquale Paoli, France. He is the founding Executive Editor of Island Studies Journal and is sole author or lead co-author of 22 books and monographs, including several published by Island Studies Press; sole editor or lead co-editor of 20 other publications; and guest single or lead editor of various scholarly journal thematic issues. He is a member of the International Advisory/Editorial Boards of various journals, including The Round Table: Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs and Asia Pacific Viewpoint; President of the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA); Council Member of the Islands Commission of the International Geographical Union (IGU); Director for Global Islands Network (GIN); series co-editor with Rowman & Littlefield International (USA); and moderator of the island studies research website: www.islandstudies.ca.
Kathleen Brennan is a Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator in the provincial government. She holds a Master of Public Health Science from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, undergraduate degrees from St. Francis Xavier University in both Biology and Human Nutrition, and is a Registered Dietitian. As a civil servant for the better part of the past decade, Ms Brennan has practical experience and strong aptitudes in the area of government relations and a solid appreciation for the complexities of building public policies while working in collaborative, multi‐sectoral environments. An Islander-by-choice since 2008, she is passionate about creating healthy communities, food security, and climate change. She currently also serves on the Stratford Town Council Recreation, Culture and Events Committee; and is a member and past president of the NB-PEI Public Health Association.
Mark is a Master of Arts in Island Studies student, researching the rhythms and music of selected Caribbean islands. He is the owner of Transform Events and Consulting, which organizes such high-profile events as the DiverseCity Multicultural Street Festivals and Green Expo. He is also an ECMA-nominated percussionist who has played in Latin-style bands such as The Count and the Cuban Cocktail and I and the Village.
Dr. Ryan Gibson
Ryan is the President of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, past-president of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, and Libro Professor of Regional Economic Development at the University of Guelph. He was Program Committee Chair for the NAF 2015 Steering Committee. Ryan serves as the Chair of the Institute’s Advisory Committee.
Dr. Nebojsa Kujundzic
Neb studied Philosophy and Literature at the University of Sarajevo, ex-Yugoslavia. His philosophical mindset has always been characterized by the desire to bridge the divide between the so-called Continental, European and the Analytic, Anglo-Saxon style of philosophy. He earned his PhD at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and his teaching experience includes Wilfrid Laurier University, Cape Breton University, and the University of Prince Edward Island. His research interests include Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language and Metaphysics. His administrative experience at the University of Prince Edward Island includes serving as the Philosophy Department Chair, as a member of the Board of Governors, and as the Dean of Arts.
Dr. Edward MacDonald
Ed has had a long association with the Institute of Island Studies. From 1986 to 1997 he was a member of the Institute’s Advisory Board serving as Vice-Chair and then Chair, before becoming the IIS’s first (and only, as it turns out) Research Director in the late 1990s. After joining UPEI’s Department of History in 2000, he chaired the working committee that drafted the proposal for the Master of Arts program in Island Studies and became its first co-ordinator. Since then he’s been a member of various IIS committees, and also sits on the Master of Arts in Island Studies Steering Committee. Most recently, he was Chair of the Island Studies Futures Committee, which became the IIS’s interim Executive Committee. Ed’s research focus is the social, cultural, and environmental history of Prince Edward Island, but he likes to place it within a comparative context, regionally, nationally, and in terms of island societies. The best known of his seven books is If You’re Stronghearted: Prince Edward Island in the 20th Century (October 2000). Along with Josh MacFadyen and Irene Novaczek, he is co-editor of Time and a Place, an environmental history of Prince Edward Island, co-published by Island Studies Press and McGill-Queen’s University Press. His current research project is the history of Prince Edward Island tourism.
Dr. John McIntyre
John McIntyre is an Associate Professor in UPEI’s Department of English. His research areas include twentieth-century literature, Anglo-American modernism, cultural studies, theories of place, commemoration and public memory, and climate change literature. He chaired the 2015 UPEI conference, Climate Change in Culture.
Dr. Carolyn Peach Brown
Originally from Cape Breton Island, NS, Carolyn is an Associate Professor and Director of Environmental Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Prior to doing her PhD in Natural Resource Policy and Management at Cornell University, she worked for over 10 years in Central Africa at the grassroots level in community development. Carolyn’s research focuses on environmental governance for management of commons resources, and how such strategies can contribute to the goals of sustainable resource management and improved livelihoods. In particular, she explores the role played by communities and civil society groups in multi-level governance, in the context of changing policy and a changing climate.
Dr. Michael van den Heuvel
Mike is UPEI’s Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity and a member of the Biology and Biomedical Sciences Departments. He studies the effects of agriculture and chemical use on freshwater and coastal environments, with a focus on the endocrine responses, immunotoxicology, and population health of fish. He is the principal investigator of a three-year research project funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to examine the potential impact of agricultural pesticide run-off on lobsters in the Northumberland Strait. He is also director of the Canadian Rivers Institute, and is working to develop methods and solutions to best monitor environmental problems and better protect rivers in Prince Edward Island.