Welcome to Island Studies.ca

Island Studies is the global, comparative and inter-disciplinary study of islands on their own terms.

This site is a key electronic depository of research material which supports the study of islands.

It is meant to facilitate international, regional, national and local scholarship in all branches of island knowledge.

The site is managed 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).

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.

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.

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 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. The next issue of ISJ will appear in May 2017, and will be the first under the editorship of Dr Adam Grydehøj.

For a copy of the two pages of a back-to-back, 3-gate brochure about ISJ, Click here and then here.

Prospective authors please note: Manuscripts and book reviews to be considered for publication are being accepted.

Click here for access to Dr Baldacchino's Google Scholar Page.