We support and research islands both large and small as well as wider maritime and
coastal issues. The Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos research network and the
journal Urban Island Studies combine island and urban research, producing an innovative
urban island studies. The Sea, Port, City research network engages in maritime studies,
with a focus on marine urbanism and the terrestrial-marine connections. Island Dynamics
organises academic conferences, ranging from small, topical events to large cross-disciplinary
conferences. We have organised events in Scotland, Malta, Cyprus, Norway, Denmark,
Macau, Greenland, and Hong Kong.
Our core values are Interdisciplinarity (joining experts from different research
traditions), Cross-Sectorality (knowledge exchange between universities, governments,
businesses, and NGOs), and Local Involvement (learning from and contributing to the
communities in which we work).
Founded in Shetland in 2009, Island Dynamics is now based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
For questions about Island Dynamics or to join the mailing list, contact director
Adam Grydehøj at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About island studies.
Island studies is the comparative research of islands:
• Island studies is interdisciplinary, drawing upon knowledge from a range of disciplines,
including geography, political science, economics, anthropology, ecology, sociology,
business studies, and architecture
• Island studies may involve research into an individual island or archipelago with
reference to other islands or research into relationships between islands and mainlands
• Island studies is inherently international and can concern cultural, political,
economic, or environmental issues
• Island studies has gradually developed a rich theoretical basis, inspired by the
various disciplines that inform the field of research
• Island studies researchers can come from and live in communities anywhere in the
world, but there is a desire among researchers to consider islands ‘on their own
terms’, sensitive to the perspectives of island peoples.
Other organisations devoted to island studies include:
Island studies has traditionally focused on relatively remote and peripheral island
communities. Research into such isolated islands remains key to Island Dynamics’
work. Through the Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos research network, however,
Island Dynamics is expanding the field of island studies to include urban island
studies. Research at the intersection of island studies and urban studies concerns
the culture, economy, politics, planning, environment, and design of urban areas
based on islands worldwide. These include densely urbanised small islands and major
population centres of large islands or archipelagos. Urban island studies considers
what island cities can tell us about urban development and the impact of island spatiality