The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road
Islands Economic Global Forum
Annual Report on Global Islands 2018
is now online

The Annual Report on Global Islands 2018, published by Island Studies Press in partnership with the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan Province, was launched at the Boao Island Economic Cooperation Forum in April 2019. Executive Editor-in-Chief is Dr. James Randall, working with Editor Dr. Laurie Brinklow and Designer Joan Sinclair.


Building Resilient Islands/Institutions for Growth and Sustainability:
The Prince Edward Island and Institute of Island Studies Experience
St. Kitts, February 14, 2019

L-r: Dr. Jim Randall, UNESCO Co-chair in Island Studies and Sustainability;
Mr. Daniel Arthurton, Adviser, Strategic Planning and Projects Department, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

On February 14, Dr. Jim Randall, Coordinator of the MA Island Studies program and UNESCO co-chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, gave a keynote address at the 3rd annual Growth and Resilience Dialogue on St. Kitts island. This one-day symposium, organized and sponsored by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), included the Prime Ministers or Finance Ministers from eight Caribbean island countries, as well as members of the official oppositions, youth, civic society members, and church representatives.

Jim spoke for 20 minutes on the topic of “Building Resilient Islands/Institutions for Growth and Sustainability: The Prince Edward Island and Institute of Island Studies Experience.” He then answered questions for an hour.

As Jim noted, “It is not often that you have an opportunity to address stakeholders from so many different groups. I commend the ECCB for hosting this event. A dialogue like this is one of the best ways to implement policy in a collaborative rather than an adversarial way.”

(Click here for PDF of Dr. Randall’s presentation.)


DATES: March 26-29, 2019
LOCATION: University of Aruba, Oranjestad, Aruba

First “My Chair in 3 Minutes” features UPEI’s own
UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) launched its “My Chair in 3 Minutes” program of videos with the release of its first video today, featuring Drs. Godfrey Baldacchino and Jim Randall, co-holders of the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability.

The purpose of the video series is to highlight the Canadian UNESCO Chairs network and show how they support the implementation of UNESCO’s priorities.


And be sure to check out CCUNESCO’s new website: in ENGLISH and EN FRANCAIS.


UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability launches the Island Economies Video Series, featuring speakers from the 1st International Conference on Island Economies on Hainan Island, China, in November 2017.

Introducing the series is Dr. Jim Randall, one of the Co-chairs.



The Island as a Carbon-Neutral Province?  Making the Case

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 7-9 p.m. | MacKinnon Auditorium, Room 242 McDougall Hall, UPEI Campus | WATCH THE VIDEO | JIM RANDALL POWERPOINT |

With so much in the news these days about monster hurricanes and other  unusually severe weather events, people are becoming more and more concerned about the long-term impact of climate change. Living on a small, low land-mass as we do, Islanders feel immediately vulnerable to sea-level rise. And so we ask ourselves what can be done about it; and also, how can we, on our own island, provide a model of positive action for elsewhere.

One possibility would be for us to make a concerted attempt to set an example for others – in Canada and beyond – by becoming Canada’s first carbon-neutral province.

How this might be done was the topic of a Public Symposium held at UPEI’s MacKinnon Auditorium, Room 242, McDougall Hall, on Thursday, October 26th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

This event was sponsored by UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies, in conjunction with UPEI Research Services and the UPEI Climate Lab. The title of the Symposium was “Making the Case for Prince Edward Island to be Canada’s First Carbon-Neutral Province.”

The principal speaker was Dr. Catherine Potvin, a professor at McGill University and associate staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. In the wake of the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference on Confederation, Dr. Potvin was selected as one of 23 women visionaries for the future of Canada. She leads the group Sustainable Canada Dialogues, a voluntary initiative that mobilizes over 80 researchers from every province, with sustainability being at the heart of their research programs. The objective of Sustainable Canada Dialogues is to identify actions designed to have large, viable impacts to help Canadian governments at all levels to make thoughtful and ambitious commitments to greenhouse-gas emission reductions. Though the scale of the global challenge is enormous, more and more individuals, communities, industries and governments are stepping up to the task.


Dr. Potvin was joined by Mr. Bob Ashley, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Summerside, which has implemented a number of initiatives, including generating its own electricity. His talk, “Summerside’s Renewable Energy Quest,” illustrated the critical value of a community-owned electric utility as an instrument of public energy policy. Other initiatives include storage for intermittent generation such as wind and solar, building a fleet of electric vehicles, implementing a “Living Lab” program, and a “smarter homes” initiative.

Dr. Jim Randall, the Chair of the Institute of Island Studies and UNESCO Co-chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, spoke about the experiences and challenges of other small islands of the world in their quest to achieve a version of “carbon-neutrality.” An economic and social geographer by training, Jim is a Professor in Island Studies and co-ordinator of the Master of Arts in Island Studies program.

The Symposium was chaired by Dr. Adam Fenech, Director of the UPEI Climate Lab.