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New book by UPEI professor explores the study of islands

A new book by UPEI professor James Randall puts the focus on island studies as a tool to better understand the world of islands.
A new book by UPEI professor James Randall puts the focus on island studies as a tool to better understand the world of islands. - 123RF Stock Photo

A new book by UPEI professor James Randall puts the focus on island studies as a tool to better understand the 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 most 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.

Co-published by Island Studies Press and Rowman & Littlefield, the book is available at The Bookmark, the UPEI Bookstore and online through the distributor, Nimbus Publishing.

Randall teaches at UPEI, where he is the UNESCO chairman in island studies and sustainability. A geographer by training, he 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.

An Introduction to Island Studies was the recipient of an Internal Publication Award. 

For more information about the book, contact Bren at [email protected].

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