Island Studies is the global, comparative and interdisciplinary study of islands on their own terms.
This site is a key electronic depository of research material that supports the study of islands, curated by Godfrey Baldacchino, Professor of Sociology and Pro Rector (International Development) at the University of Malta, Malta; and UNESCO Co-Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, Island Studies Teaching Fellow and former Canada Research Chair (Island Studies) at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), Canada. The infrastructure and content development of the site has been made possible thanks to the support of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
The site is meant to facilitate international, regional, national and local scholarship in all branches of island knowledge.
It includes links to ongoing research projects moderated by Prof. Baldacchino, including:
Bridge Effects – the impact of bridges and other fixed links on islands when islands are thus connected to mainlands.
Canada’s Islands – database of notable facts from Canada’s islands, compiled by Dr. Lorraine Guay (English translation by Sarah Joncas)
Les Îles du Canada – base du données sur les îles du canada, preparée par Dr. Lorraine Guay
Jurisdiction Project – an exercise profiling the specific economic and political capacities of the world’s 100-plus, sub-national, island jurisdictions.
Cold Water Island Tourism – the character of tourism in the world’s most extreme island locations.
Islands and Small Businesses – lessons from small-scale, export-driven, locally owned, manufacturing firms from 5 European Island Regions.
Recent Settlers to Prince Edward Island – includes studies from 2005 to 2010 of recent immigrants to Prince Edward Island.
A World of Islands – a pan-disciplinary celebration of what island studies has to offer – intended as the first global reader on the study of islands.
Island Studies Resources – a list of island-related research databases.
*Island Studies Journal * – a peer reviewed, electronic, open access, freely downloadable, academic journal, published twice a year. ISJ 1(1) appeared in May 2006. ISJ 11(2) November 2016 is now available. Next issue will appear in May 2017.
Prospective authors please note: Manuscripts and book reviews to be considered for publication are being accepted.
The site also includes a research project entitled Values Mapping Research, undertaken by Dr. Irene Novaczek and a team from UPEI.