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An Introduction To Island Studies

An Introduction to Island Studies is an approachable look at this interdisiplinary field - from islands as biodiversity hotspots, their settlement, human migration and occupation through to the place of islands in the popular imagination. Featuring geopolitical, social and economic frameworks, Randall gives a bottom-up guide to this most modern area of study. From the struggles and concerns of the Anthropocene - climate change, vulnerability and resilience, sustainble development, through to policy making and local environments - island studies has the potential to change the debate.


Dr. James (Jim) Randall teaches at UPEI, where he leads the Institute of Island Studies and is the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability. A geographer by training, Jim developed a love of Island Studies later in his career. His research spans many aspects of this interdisciplinary field, with a special interest in development, quality-of-life, and islander-newcomer relationships on small islands.



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