Island Studies | University of Prince Edward Island

ISLAND STUDIES | University of Prince Edward Island

Island Studies @ University of Prince Edward Island:

Institute of Island Studies
Research and public policy institute based at the University of Prince Edward Island focusing on the culture, environment, and economy of small islands around the world, with an emphasis on Prince Edward Island. Learn more

UNESCO Chair in Island Studies & Sustainability
Led by the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI, this Chair works to establish and expand academic and research programmes on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Sub-National Island Jurisdictions (SNIJs). Visit website

Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) Program
A unique, interdisciplinary, and policy-driven graduate program that critiques islands on their own terms. In addition to the long-running Thesis program, there are now three course/work-study stream options. Learn more

Island Studies Press
The publishing arm of Island Studies at UPEI; produces scholarly books for a popular audience as well as poetry, literary non-fiction, and drama, dealing with aspects of the culture and environment of PEI and beyond. VIsit website


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ISLAND LECTURE SERIES | JANUARY 2023


Island Lecture Series: Towards Energy Sovereignty on Labrador’s Remote Island of Ponds
Dr. Nick Mercer
Tuesday, January 24th, 2023 · 7:00pm AST (UTC-4)
Faculty Lounge, SDU Main Building, UPEI

(Hosted by the Institute of Island Studies · January 24th, 2023)
Newfoundland and Labrador is a global leader in the development of renewable energy. However, the electricity-generation mix differs dramatically in remote and Indigenous communities throughout the province, which remain almost exclusively reliant on diesel fuel, resulting in numerous energy inequities. While sustainable energies are often promoted for these isolated villages, emerging research demonstrates detrimental socio-economic and livelihood implications which emerge when development is led by outsiders or corporate interests. The presentation will focus on an 8+ year community-based research partnership between Dr. Nick Mercer, the NunatuKavut Community Council’s Department of Research, Education, and Culture, and the NunatuKavut Inuit community of Black Tickle, located on the subarctic tundra Island of Ponds, in southern Labrador. The research focuses on identifying and addressing community needs, integrating local knowledge and sustainability values, and mobilizing community-led initiatives to enhance island energy resilience.

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