IIS Research Associates: Dr. Gerard Prinsen

Institute of Island Studies | Research Associates

Dr. Gerard Prinsen

Senior Lecturer
School of People, Environment, and Planning
Massey University
Palmerston North, Aotearoa New Zealand

Massey University Profile

Dr. Gerard Prinsen is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at Massey University, and a Teaching Fellow in Development Studies at Victoria University of 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.”

Dr. Gerard Prinsen is actively involved in ’Island Studies: A Global Classroom’, an initiative spearheaded by the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program at UPEI. Through this initiative, the MAIS program has established linkages with other researchers and scholars from island universities throughout the world, encouraging and facilitating knowledge-sharing both in person and via video conference. Learn more


Prinsen, G. (2021). Aotearoa New Zealand (COVID-19 Island Insight Series, no 11). University of Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, University of Prince Edward Island Institute of Island Studies, and Island Innovation. – Click here to read | More about the COVID-19 Island Insights Series

Prinsen, G., Mawyer, A., Cholymay, M., Lotti, A., Manuireva, E., & Muir, H. (2021). Inter-island relations in Oceania’s archipelagos: Identity and everyday politicsAsia Pacific Viewpoint.

Koning, JD., Hobbis, SK., McNeill, J., & Prinsen, G. (2021). Vacating place, vacated space? A research agenda for places where people leaveJournal of Rural Studies. 82, 271-278. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.01.026

Korson, C., Poaouteta, S., & Prinsen, G. (2020). Triangular negotiations of island sovereignty: Indigenous and customary authorities-metropolitan states-local metropolitan authoritiesIsland Studies Journal. 15(1), 67-88. http://dx.doi.org/10.24043/isj.112


VIDEO: Towards Sustainable Island Futures: Comparing Small Island States And Subnational Island Jurisdictions – A Report

Some of the intermediate findings of the SSHRC-funded Towards Sustainable Island Futures project were presented in a panel session at the Virtual Island Summit in September 2020. Gerard Prinsen is part of the research group and was a panelist for this session.
Click here to learn more about the research project, headed by the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability.

Islandness in the Pacific and an emerging ‘Islandian’ sovereignty
Presentation to UPEI Master of Arts in Island Studies course, ‘Islandness: Culture, Change & Identity on Small Islands’ | 7 March 2018 — View PowerPoint Slides



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