Research Associates

The Institute of Island Studies has an active Research Associates program. The position of Research Associate is intended to establish a formal association between the Institute and outstanding scholars whose research is congruent with the Institute’s mandate.

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Dr. Nand C. Bardouille
Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. Bardouille is Manager of the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean (DAOC), the Caribbean’s premier professional development-oriented diplomatic studies training centre. He leads the DAOC, which is an integral part of the Institute of International Relations at The University of the West Indies (The UWI), overseeing the development and implementation of its work programme. It covers training and capacity development in diplomatic and international studies, as well as research, dialogue and advocacy work on the nexus between the Caribbean and diplomacy. Dr. Bardouille is also a concurrent faculty member in the IIR at The UWI, serving as Lecturer in Methodology and Theory of International Relations.

Dr. Claire Campbell
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Claire Campbell is an environmental historian with particular interests in the Maritimes and North Atlantic. She is interested in using environmental history to expand public history, environmental policy, and discussions of sustainability.  

John Cousins

John Cousins
O’Leary, Prince Edward Island, Canada

An accomplished storyteller, John Cousins taught history at Westisle High School, and Island Folklore and Folksongs at UPEI for many years. Now retired from teaching, he recently completed a history of New London Bay, New London: The Lost Dream, which was published by Island Studies Press in 2016.

Natalie Dietrich Jones
Kingston, Jamaica

Natalie Dietrich Jones is a Research Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the University of the West Indies (UWI, Mona Campus). Her interests include geographies of the border, managed migration, and intra-regional migration in the Caribbean. Dr. Dietrich Jones is Chair of the Migration and Development Cluster, an interdisciplinary group of researchers exploring contemporary issues concerning migration in the Caribbean and its diaspora. She is also Coordinator of the course Small States’ Development: Challenges and Opportunities, which is offered in the MSc Development Studies programme at SALISES. Natalie holds a PhD in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester.

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Dr. Tiber F. M. Falzett
Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Dr. Falzett‘s research program includes establishing fruitful cooperative relationships with individuals and organizations interested in the legacy and renewal of the Scottish Gaelic language alongside its associated intangible cultural heritage.

Dr. Adam Grydehøj
Island Dynamics
Copenhagen, Denmark

Adam Grydehøj is a human geographer researching the impacts of island spatiality on urban, political, economic, and cultural development. He has a special interest in island cities and Indigenous island communities, and since 2015, his research has focused on islands of China and the Arctic. Adam is Executive Editor of Island Studies Journal, director of the Island Dynamics research organization, co-director of Zhejiang University’s Island and Coastal Institute, and chair professor at South China University of Technology’s Research Center for Indian Ocean Island Countries.


Dr. Lynda Harling Stalker
Associate Professor, St. Francis Xavier University
Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dr. Harling Stalker studies the narratives of island cultural workers. Her current research project, with Dr. Kathryn Burnett (University of the West of Scotland), looks at the narratives of cultural workers on Scottish Islands in relation to issues such as migration, culture, heritage, and tradition.

Dr. Matthew Hatvany
Département de géographie, Université Laval
Québec City, Québec, Canada

Dr. Matthew Hatvany is a historical geographer and full professor at Université Laval in Quebec City. His interests focus on nature-culture relations and environmental change in the Anthropocene. A specialist of wetland environments and geomorphology, he has researched and published with his students on the islands of the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence, Mont-Saint-Michel in France, and the continental, high, and low islands of the Pacific.

Pete Hay

Dr. Pete Hay
Research Fellow, Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies, School of Land and Food
University of Tasmania
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Dr. Pete Hay is formerly Reader in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania, where he now holds an Adjunct position. He is the author of Main Currents In Western Environmental Thought, and researches place theory, especially in the context of its island applications.

Dr. Andrew Jennings
Institute for Northern Studies
University of the Highlands and Islands
Shetland Islands, Scotland

Dr. Andrew Jennings is a lecturer and research associate with the Institute for Northern Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands, and with the Centre for Rural Creativity, UHI. He lives in Shetland and carries out his teaching from his northern base via VC. He enjoys everything about life in this beautiful archipelago, from exploring its history and archaeology, to walking the dog and experiencing the wild Shetland weather. Living in Scotland’s most northerly islands, with their Nordic cultural inheritance, inspires his research and his teaching. He researches many aspects of Shetland and Orkney’s culture, and is the programme leader on a number of MLitts, including the MLitt Island Studies. His island studies interests include governance, tourism, island cultures and the nature of Islandness itself.

Lapping_MarkDr. Mark Lapping
Distinguished University Professor
Muskie School of Public Service
University of Southern Maine
Portland, Maine, USA

Dr. Mark Lapping is most interested in land use and land tenure issues on islands as well as food island systems and sustainability issues.

Dr. Dacia Latoya Leslie
Kingston, Jamaica

Dr. Dacia Latoya Leslie is Research Fellow and Chair of the Crime Prevention and Offender Management (CPOM) Research Cluster at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economic Studies (SALISES), The University of the West Indies (Mona Campus), Jamaica. She holds a PhD in Criminology from Cardiff University. Her research concentrates on the lived experiences of inmates, ex-prisoners, involuntary removed migrants and their child dependents to the intersection of her teaching focus which is on Development Studies, with specialisation in Monitoring & Evaluation. One of her most recent scholarly articles, ‘Reassessing Conditions of “Prison” in Jamaica,’ appears in Georgia State University’s International Criminal Justice Review and was written during her five-month research fellowship hosted by the Institute of Island Studies (IIS) and supported by the Government of Canada.

Irene Novaczek

Dr. Irené  Novaczek
Breadalbane, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Dr. Irene Novaczek has lived and worked on islands for most of her life, in Canada, Europe, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific. A marine scientist, she has researched and worked extensively in coastal resources management, often focusing on seaweed, and community development on small islands.

Dr. Deborah Paci
Assistant Professor, Digital History, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
Research Associate, Center for Modern and Contemporary Mediterranean (CMMC), Sophia Atipolis University, Nice, Italy

Dr Deborah Paci’s main research interests focus on island studies, Mediterranean and Baltic studies, digital and public history, cultural studies and identity politics. She is also co-founder and director of an open access journal in Contemporary History, Diacronie. Studi di storia contemporanea (

Dr. Gerard Prinsen
School of People, Environment and Planning
Massey University
Palmerston North, New Zealand

Dr. Gerard Prinsen is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at Massey University, and a Teaching Fellow in Development Studies at Victoria University Wellington. A native of the Netherlands, he has done development work in Mozambique, Botswana, and Kenya. One of his areas of research zooms on the relationships between (former) colonial metropoles and the islands across the globe that remain connected to these metropoles as “subnational island jurisdictions.” Matters of local identity evolution, global power projection, natural resource extraction, and public policy negotiation are central to his interest in an emerging “Islandian sovereignty.”


Graeme Robertson
Struan House, Knockintorran
North Uist, Western Isles, Scotland

Graeme Robertson established the Global Islands Network (GIN) in 2002 and was Executive Director until he retired in 2015. He continues to manage the GIN website in a personal capacity to support the activities of IIS and is also current Secretary of the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA). His main research interests are community development, island biodiversity, and how successfully the green economy addresses in a holistic way the multiple economic and environmental challenges confronting small islands.

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Dr. Doug Sobey
Belfast, Northern Ireland / Bedeque, PEI

Born and raised in Summerside, Dr. Doug Sobey is retired from the University of Ulster, where he spent his teaching career specializing in environmental biology and ecology. Since 1992, Sobey has been researching the present forests of P.E.I. and their past history through early survey records and maps. He is the co-author of Samuel Holland: His Work and Legacy, published by Island Studies Press.


Dr. John N. Telesford
St. George’s, Grenada

Dr. John Telesford is a Lecturer at the T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), St. George’s, Grenada. His research interest is in applying an interdisciplinary approach to studying how islands may achieve sustainability measured by the sustainable development goals (SDGs). He specifically investigates the pressures placed on achieving island sustainability from materials (food) and energy use or socio-economic metabolism and in the context of climate change.

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