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
Roseau, Dominica



Dr. Bardouille’s research and teaching focus 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.

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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.

Adam Grydehoj



Dr. Adam Grydehøj
Island Dynamics
Copenhagen, Denmark


Adam Grydehøj’s research takes place at the intersection of culture, politics, and economy. He explores the impact of island spatiality on urbanisation, systems of power, and centre-periphery relationships. As of November 2016, Dr. Grydehøj is the Executive Editor of Island Studies Journal.



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.

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. 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

Josh MacFadyen


Dr. Josh MacFadyen
Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities
School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies and the School of Sustainability
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA


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.



Dr. Palanisamy Nagarajan
Department of Economics
University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada


Dr. Nagarajan’s current research focuses on a complex systems approach, based on a trans-disciplinary systems science, to achieve sustainability and the 2030 sustainable development goals (17 interlinked goals!) adopted by the United Nations, with particular reference to small islands.

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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.



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.


Kathleen Stuart



Kathleen Stuart
Meadowbank, Prince Edward Island, Canada


Kathleen Stuart (MAIS 2007) uses visual art media to explore ideas about Prince Edward Island’s landscape and environmental history. Check out her website.





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.