PEI Well-being Project

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The Institute of Island Studies is embarking on a four-year study to better understand and assess the well-being and quality of life of Islanders. We would like you to be part of the initiative! Click on the survey link below to share your thoughts on how island communities could be better places to live, work and play.
The survey is open until mid-November 2021.


Background:

The Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island is embarking on a four-year project to better understand and assess the well-being and quality of life of Prince Edward Islanders.

An online survey will be one of the first initiatives of the project and everyone on PEI is encouraged to participate. Beginning in late September 2021 and continuing for several weeks (until November 2021), the Institute of Island Studies will be asking Islanders who are 18 years or older to complete an online survey that explores personal well-being and offers the opportunity to share thoughts on how island communities could be better places to live, work and play.

Societal progress is often assessed using relatively narrow economic indicators, including the Gross Domestic/Provincial Product. Over the past decade, complementary indicators have emerged in several jurisdictions that help broaden our understanding and assessment of societal well-being. The Institute of Island Studies well-being project aims to gather input from Islanders to identify these complementary components of well-being that are important to them, and which inspire civic engagement and community vitality.

As an initial step in the project, the 2021 online survey will provide an opportunity for people on PEI to share their thoughts on measures of their well-being that go beyond economic metrics and extend into areas such as community vitality, health, democratic engagement, the natural environment, leisure and culture, education or learning, standard of living, and overall personal well-being.

Dr. Laurie Brinklow, Interim Chair of the Institute of Island Studies, notes the importance of the survey: “We hope that Islanders will take a few minutes to complete the survey as this is an opportunity to better understand the current and future well-being of our island populace and help foster engaged and vibrant communities on PEI.”

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Media contact:
Dr. Laurie Brinklow, Institute of Island Studies
902-894-2881 | brinklow@upei.ca

Research Coordinator:
Dr. Phil Davison, Institute of Island Studies 
phdavison@upei.ca

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Dr. Laurie Brinklow takes over as Island Studies Chair/MAIS Coordinator

Charlottetown, PEI (April 25, 2022)—  

The University of Prince Edward Island is pleased to announce the appointment of Assistant Professor Dr. Laurie Brinklow as the new Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program and Chair of the Institute of Island Studies (IIS). She has been carrying out the roles in an interim capacity since May 1, 2020, with the retirement of Dr. James Randall. 

Dr. Brinklow is no stranger to Island Studies, serving as IIS Publishing Coordinator and research project administrator in the 1990s and 2000s, Coordinator of the IIS and UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability from 2014 to 2020, and as a sessional instructor in the MAIS program since 2014. She herself completed the Master of Arts in Island Studies program in 2007 and went on to do her PhD in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania. Founder of Charlottetown’s Acorn Press, she has published widely in academia and has two volumes of poetry, the most recent being My island’s the house I sleep in at night (Island Studies Press). She is Secretary of the International Small Island Studies Association and Iceland’s Honorary Consul to Prince Edward Island.  

Says Dr. Brinklow, “I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all those who came before me with their own visions for Island Studies: people like Harry Baglole, Brent MacLaine, Godfrey Baldacchino, Jim Randall, Ed MacDonald, Jean Mitchell. They are my mentors and inspirations in this Island Studies journey. And getting to meet islanders from around the world, to be part of a huge Island Studies family – what better way to spend one’s life?”  

As MAIS Coordinator, she hopes to continue to grow the program, solidifying UPEI’s reputation as the premier academic institution in Island Studies. Boasting over 60 graduates and 65 local and international students coming from as far away as England, Taiwan, Egypt, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Nigeria, the interdisciplinary program focuses on island tourism, sustainability, international relations, and public policy on Prince Edward Island and other islands. As Chair of the IIS, she will continue to build on networks and collaborations with UPEI colleagues, government departments, and other institutions in Canada and around the world, being a bridge between the University and the community and focusing on PEI’s economic, environmental, and cultural health and well-being. She will continue to help Island Studies Press’s Bren Simmers produce award-winning publications that celebrate the Island’s culture and stories. And she will continue to work closely with Dr. Jean Mitchell, UPEI’s UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, to expand small islands’ sustainability across intersecting socio-economic, cultural, aesthetic, and environmental domains in the Pacific and Caribbean. Dr. Brinklow’s own research explores “islandness” and people’s attachment to islands through the language of art in Tasmania, Newfoundland, and other north Atlantic islands. 

The mother of two daughters and soon-to-be four grandchildren, Laurie lives in Charlottetown with her musician husband Michael Mooney and cat Alvin– when she’s not travelling to other islands. 

Media contact:
Anna MacDonald
Communications Officer
Marketing and Communications, University of Prince Edward Island
amacdonald@upei.ca | (902)-566-0949


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