IIS Research Associates: Dr. Adam Grydehøj

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Dr. Adam Grydehøj 葛陆海

Chair Professor, Research Center for Indian Ocean Island Countries, South China University of Technology;
Co-Director, Island and Coastal Zone Institute, Zhejiang University;
Director, Island Dynamics.
Copenhagen, Denmark

Adam Grydehøj’s cross-disciplinary research concerns the intersection of culture, economy, politics, and space in island and coastal regions. Adam holds a PhD in Ethnology from University of Aberdeen, and is Director of Island Dynamics, Executive Editor of Island Studies Journal (SSCI), Chair Professor at South China University of Technology’s Research Center for Indian Ocean Island Countries, Co-Director of Zhejiang University’s Island and Coastal Zone Institute, and a member of the UPEI Island Studies Adjunct and Graduate Faculty. He has published over 60 journal articles, book chapters, and academic reports on a range of regions and topics, including island urbanisation and urban development, economies and livelihoods, indigeneity and decoloniality, land use, island studies theory, and international relations theory. For a full list of Adam’s publications, please visit his Google Scholar page.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

2021
Practicing decolonial political geography: Island perspectives on neocolonialism and the China threat discourse
A Grydehøj, ML Bevacqua, M Chibana, Y Nadarajah, A Simonsen, Ping Su, R Wright, S Davis.
Political Geography, 85, 102330. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2020.102330

Locating the interstitial island: Integration of Zhoushan Archipelago into the Yangtze River Delta urban agglomeration
Huan Zhang, A. Grydehøj. Urban Studies, Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0042098020937987

2020
Reflections on conspicuous sustainability: Creating Small Island Dependent States (SIDS) through Ostentatious Development Assistance (ODA)?
A Grydehøj, I Kelman. Geoforum, 116, 90–97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.08.004

Island geographies of separation and cohesion: The coronavirus (COVID‐19) pandemic and the geopolitics of Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland).
A Grydehøj, I Kelman, Ping Su. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 111(3), 288–301. https://doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12423

→ For a full list of Adam’s publications, please visit his Google Scholar page.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Who cares about islands?
In this video, Adam discusses the different ways in which different people value islands–as areas of pristine nature, as home, as sites for scientific experimentation, as places for preserving cultural heritage.
The presentation focuses on Macao SAR and Hengqin Island in China’s Pearl River Delta/Greater Bay Area but also raises examples from elsewhere in China, the North Atlantic, and the Arctic.

Reflections on conspicuous sustainability: Ilan Kelman, Adam Grydehøj & Genève Philip-Durham
In the lead-up to 2020’s Virtual Island Summit, James Ellsmoor of Island Innovation recently hosted a discussion with Adam Grydehøj, Ilan Kelman, and Genève Philip-Durham based on Adam Grydehøj and Ilan Kelman’s paper, Reflections on conspicuous sustainability: Creating Small Island Dependent States (SIDS) through Ostentatious Development Assistance (ODA)?, which explores the relationship between islandness and aid, using the concept of ‘conspicuous sustainability’ as a framework for understanding the propensity for aid to be directed toward small island territories.


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