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Upcoming conferences.

Culture in Urban Space: Urban Form, Cultural Landscapes, Life in the City

22-26 August 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark

REMOTE: Rethinking Remoteness and Peripherality

16-19 January 2017, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Conference on ‘Folk Belief’ & ‘The Supernatural in Literature and Film’

20-23 January 2017, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Sea, Port, City 2017

11-15 September 2017, Aberdeen, Scotland (SPC website)

Conference on Mermaids, Maritime Folklore, and Modernity

24-27 October 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark

Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2017

08-12 November 2017, Funchal, Madeira (ICUA website)

Foodways and Identity: Conference on Food and Drink Traditions

4-8 December 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark

Recent island studies articles.

‘Political Ecology, Island Tourism Planning, and Climate Change Adaptation on Boracay, Philippines’, Maguigad et al., Urban Island Studies (PDF)

‘Making Ground, Losing Space: Land Reclamation and Urban Public Space in Island Cities’, Grydehøj, Urban Island Studies (PDF)

‘The Impacts of Islandness on the Architecture and Urbanism of Mombasa, Steyn, Urban Island Studies (PDF)

‘The Aquapelago and the Estuarine City: Reflections on Manhattan’, Hayward, Urban Island Studies (PDF)

‘Island City Formation and Urban Island Studies’, Grydehøj, Area, 2015 (PDF)

‘Ports and Digital Ports: The Narrative Construction and Social Imaginaries of the Island City of Mumbai’, Swaminathan, Urban Island Studies, 2015 (PDF)

‘Returning from the Horizon: Introducing Urban Island Studies’, Grydehøj et al., Urban Island Studies, 2015 (PDF)

Island studies research and publishing.

Besides publishing the Urban Island Studies journal, Island Dynamics publishes research articles in a wide range of other journals and outlets. View and download Island Dynamics articles here.

About Island Dynamics.

Island Dynamics promotes island studies and communities through knowledge exchange, cross-sectoral collaboration, research, and island studies conferences and publications.

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

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 Journal

Shima: International Journal of Research into Island Cultures

International Small Island Studies Association

• Global Islands Network

Urban island studies.

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 more broadly.