Research Associates

The Institute of Island Studies has an active Research Associates program.

The position of Research Associate is intended to establish a formal association between the Institute and outstanding scholars whose research is congruent with the Institute’s mandate.

IIS Research Associates are either: a) recognized scholars at a national or international level who have distinguished themselves, or b) emerging scholars who are poised to make substantive contributions, in the multidisciplinary field of island studies and/or the study of Prince Edward Island. They are also not currently employees of UPEI. The roles of Research Associates are to:

  1. Enhance the reputation of the Institute;
  2. Provide expert advice to the Co-ordinator, the Chair of the Executive Committee, and the Executive and Advisory Committees on the future of island studies scholarship, pedagogy, and service; and
  3. Collaborate with the Institute on project-specific initiatives.

An IIS Research Associate is an honorific title and conveys no implied obligation on behalf of UPEI. Within the parameters of UPEI policies and labour agreements, the Institute will encourage IIS Research Associates to visit UPEI and Prince Edward Island during their term. Nominations for appointment as an IIS Research Associate may come from the Executive Committee or the Advisory Committee and are to be approved by the Dean of Arts, and Vice-President, Academic and Research.

If you are interested in becoming a Research Associate, please complete the attached PDF and return it to Co-ordinator Laurie Brinklow at the Institute of Island Studies. As well as a cover letter outlining a list of proposed projects you wish to undertake as a Research Associate, we ask you to include your CV and five significant scholarly contributions.

Once submitted, applications are vetted by the Executive Committee and forwarded for approval to the Dean of Arts and the Vice-President, Academic and Research.

Privileges include office space and lab privileges at UPEI (as available); library privileges; UPEI computer network access; listing on our website; designation of “Institute of Island Studies Research Associate” on business cards from your home institution or organization; permission to use the IIS logo; and other privileges to be approved by the Executive following consultation with the Dean of Arts. An IIS Research Associate is an honorific title and conveys no implied obligation on behalf of UPEI. The term is usually for five years and may be renewed following review and recommendation.



Dr. Nand C. Bardouille
Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. Bardouille is Manager of the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean, Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. His research and teaching focus is on International Relations and Comparative Politics, with a specialization in the diplomacy, foreign policy, and international economic relations of small states. He has published widely in this area, with a regional focus on the Caribbean. His most recent scholarly article appears in the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Dr. Bardouille holds a PhD in Political Science from York University.

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Dr. Peter Buker
Corran Ban, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Dr. Buker’s research interests include scale and governance, as well as innovative methods for democratic renewal including public administrations. He is Chair of General Studies at Yorkville University, where he also teaches courses in creativity and innovation, design thinking, economics, and technology and society.

Dr. Claire Campbell
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Dr. Claire Campbell is an environmental historian with particular interests in the Maritimes and North Atlantic. She is interested in using environmental history to expand public history, environmental policy, and discussions of sustainability.  

John Cousins

John Cousins
O’Leary, Prince Edward Island

An accomplished storyteller, John Cousins taught history at Westisle High School, and Island Folklore and Folksongs at UPEI for many years. Now retired from teaching, he recently completed a history of New London Bay, which will be published by Island Studies Press in 2016.

Natalie Dietrich Jones
Kingston, Jamaica

Natalie Dietrich Jones is Research Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the University of the West Indies (Mona campus). Her interests include geographies of the border, managed migration, and intra-regional migration in the Caribbean. Dr. Dietrich Jones is Chair of the Migration and Development Cluster, an inter-disciplinary group of researchers exploring contemporary issues concerning migration in the Caribbean and its diaspora. She is also Coordinator of the course Small States’ Development: Challenges and Opportunities, which is offered in the MSc Development Studies programme at SALISES. Natalie holds a PhD in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester.

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Dr. Tiber F. M. Falzett
Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Dr. Falzett’s research program includes establishing fruitful cooperative relationships with individuals and organizations interested in the legacy and renewal of the Scottish Gaelic language alongside its associated intangible cultural heritage.

Dr. Adam Grydehøj
Island Dynamics
Copenhagen, Denmark

Adam Grydehøj is a human geographer researching the impacts of island spatiality on urban, political, economic, and cultural development. He has a special interest in island cities and Indigenous island communities, and since 2015, his research has focused on islands of China and the Arctic. Adam is Executive Editor of Island Studies Journal and director of the Island Dynamics research organisation.


Dr. Lynda Harling Stalker
Associate Professor, St. Francis Xavier University
Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dr. Harling Stalker studies the narratives of island cultural workers. Her current research project, with Dr. Kathryn Burnett (University of the West of Scotland), looks at the narratives of cultural workers on Scottish Islands in relation to issues such as migration, culture, heritage, and tradition.

Dr. Matthew Hatvany
Département de géographie, Université Laval
Québec, Canada

Matthew Hatvany is historical geographer and full professor at Université Laval in Quebec City. His interests focus on nature-culture relations and environmental change in the Anthropocene. A specialist of wetland environments and geomorphology, he has researched and published
with his students on the islands of the estuary and gulf of St. Lawrence, Mont-Saint-Michel in France, and the continental, high and low islands of the Pacific.

Pete Hay

Dr. Pete Hay
Research Fellow, Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies, School of Land and Food
University of Tasmania
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Pete Hay is formerly Reader in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania, and now holds an Adjunct position there. He is the author of Main Currents In Western Environmental Thought, and researches place theory, especially in the context of its island applications.

Dr. Andrew Jennings
Institute for Northern Studies
University of the Highlands and Islands
Shetland Islands, Scotland

Dr. Andrew Jennings is a lecturer and research associate with the Institute for Northern Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands, and with the Centre for Rural Creativity, UHI. He lives in Shetland and carries out his teaching from his northern base via VC. He enjoys everything about life in this beautiful archipelago, from exploring its history and archaeology, to walking the dog and experiencing the wild Shetland weather. Living in Scotland’s most northerly islands, with their Nordic cultural inheritance, inspires his research and his teaching. He researches many aspects of Shetland and Orkney’s culture, and is the programme leader on a number of MLitts, including the MLitt Island Studies. His island studies interests include governance, tourism, island cultures and the nature of Islandness itself.

Lapping_MarkDr. Mark Lapping
Distinguished University Professor
Muskie School of Public Service
University of Southern Maine
Portland, Maine, USA

Dr. Mark Lapping is most interested in land use and land tenure issues on islands as well as food island systems and sustainability issues

Dr. Dacia Latoya Leslie
Kingston, Jamaica

Dr. Dacia Latoya Leslie is Research Fellow and Chair of the Crime Prevention and Offender Management (CPOM) Research Cluster at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economic Studies (SALISES), The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. She holds a PhD in Criminology from Cardiff University. Her research concentrates on the lived experiences of inmates, ex-prisoners, involuntary removed migrants and their child dependents to the intersection of her teaching focus which is on Development Studies, with specialisation in Monitoring & Evaluation. One of her most recent scholarly articles, ‘Reassessing Conditions of “Prison” in Jamaica,’ appears in Georgia State University’s International Criminal Justice Review and was written during her five-months research fellowship hosted by the Institute of Island Studies (IIS) and supported by the Government of Canada.

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Dr. Josh MacFadyen
Canada Research Chair
University of Prince Edward Island

Josh MacFadyen studies the history of energy and agriculture in Canada, and much of his recent work focuses on Prince Edward Island. He co-organized an environmental history workshop which resulted in his co-edited collection Time and a Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island, and he has also recently published book chapters examining the Island’s forests, farms, and fertilizer systems.

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Dr. Irené  Novaczek
Breadalbane, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Dr. Irene Novaczek has lived and worked on islands most of her life, in Canada, Europe, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific. A marine scientist, she has researched and worked extensively in coastal resources management, often focusing on seaweed, and community development on small islands.

Dr. Deborah Paci
Assistant Professor, Digital History, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
Research Associate, Center for Modern and Contemporary Mediterranean (CMMC), Sophia Atipolis University, Nice, Italy

Dr Deborah Paci’s main research interests focus on island studies, Mediterranean and Baltic studies, digital and public history, cultural studies and identity politics. She is also co-founder and director of an open access journal in Contemporary History, Diacronie. Studi di storia contemporanea (

Dr. Gerard Prinsen
School of People, Environment and Planning
Massey University
Palmerston North, New Zealand

Dr. Gerard Prinsen is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at Massey University, and a Teaching Fellow in Development Studies at Victoria University Wellington. A native of the Netherlands, he has done development work in Mozambique, Botswana, and Kenya. One of his areas of research zooms on the relationships between (former) colonial metropoles and the islands across the globe that remain connected to these metropoles as “subnational island jurisdictions.” Matters of local identity evolution, global power projection, natural resource extraction, and public policy negotiation are central to his interest in an emerging “Islandian sovereignty.”


Graeme Robertson
Struan House, Knockintorran
North Uist, Western Isles, Scotland

Graeme Robertson established the Global Islands Network (GIN) in 2002 and was Executive Director until he retired in 2015. He continues to manage the GIN website in a personal capacity to support the activities of IIS and is also current Secretary of the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA). His main research interests are community development, island biodiversity, and how successfully the green economy addresses in a holistic way the multiple economic and environmental challenges confronting small islands.

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Dr. Doug Sobey
Belfast, Northern Ireland / Bedeque, PEI

Born and raised in Summerside, Dr. Doug Sobey is retired from the University of Ulster, where he spent his teaching career specializing in environmental biology and ecology. Since 1992, Sobey has been researching the present forests of P.E.I. and their past history through early survey records and maps. He is the co-author of Samuel Holland: His Work and Legacy, published by Island Studies Press.


Dr. John N. Telesford
St. George’s, Grenada

Dr. John Telesford is a Lecturer at the T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), St. George’s, Grenada. His research interest is in applying an interdisciplinary approach to studying how islands may achieve sustainability measured by the sustainable development goals (SDGs). He specifically investigates the pressures placed on achieving island sustainability from materials (food) and energy use or socio-economic metabolism and in the context of climate change.