The Bridge Effect

Edited by Laurie Brinklow and Andrew Jennings

A new book co-edited by Laurie Brinklow and Andrew Jennings examines the effect of bridges—be they physical or digital—on island life and culture. The Bridge Effect: Critical Reflections in the Age of Technological Solutionism features essays about bridged islands around the world, including Prince Edward Island, Scotland, Malta, China, Japan, and the Netherlands. 

Bridging an island is often a polarizing subject. A permanent link allows for the transport of people and goods on- and off-island and can even allow an island to remain a viable place to live. At the same time, it changes the character of an island as bounded and set apart from the mainland. 

Not all bridges are physical. In recent years, access to broadband is allowing islanders to be part of the global world but still make a living on their islands. From the economic effects resulting from these links to how islanders feel about themselves once they’ve been joined to a mainland or another island, The Bridge Effect explores if and how “islandness”―and, ultimately, island identity―has changed on these small islands. 

Laurie Brinklow is a writer, editor, assistant professor, and the coordinator of the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program at UPEI. She is the author of My island’s the house I sleep in at night and Here for the Music. Andrew Jennings lives in Shetland, Scotland’s most northerly islands. He is an associate professor of Island Studies based at UHI Shetland, where he works with the Institute for Northern Studies.

The Bridge Effect was published by Island Studies Press with the support of a SSHRC Exchange Publication Award from the Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Research at UPEI. 

For more information about the book, contact Bren Simmers at 566-0386 or