Book release: An Introduction to Island Studies

by James E. Randall

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A new book by UPEI professor Dr. James Randall offers up island studies as a tool to understand our own world of islands. An Introduction to Island Studies is an approachable look at this interdisciplinary 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 modern area of study. From the struggles and concerns of the Anthropocene―climate change, vulnerability and resilience, sustainable development, through to policy making and local environments―island studies has the potential to change the debate.

An Introduction to Island Studies is co-published by Island Studies Press and Rowman & Littlefield, and is available for sale at Bookmark, the UPEI Bookstore, and online through Nimbus Publishing.

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, Randall 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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