IIS Research Associates: Graeme Robertson

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Graeme Robertson

Global Islands Network
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 Global Islands News Desk in a personal capacity to support the activities of the Institute of Island Studies (IIS), the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA), – of which he was Secretary 2002-2018 – the European Small Islands Federation, and Global Island Partnership. Over 20,000 articles have been sourced and featured on the GIN News Desk since 2003.

Graeme’s main research interests are climate change, island biodiversity, and how successfully the blue-green economy addresses in a holistic way the multiple economic and environmental challenges confronting small islands through a series of ongoing case studies. For personal interest, he is also investigating the socio-economic, environmental, and political significance of guano islands around the world; the cultivation, harvesting, and utilisation of seaweed resources; niche marketing by small island food and drink producers; the postal history of the Falkland Islands and Tristan da Cunha; and last, but not least, the numerous activities of Scottish island community development companies and impact/significance of Scottish National Islands Plan.


Robertson, G. (2021). One year timeline of COVID-19 pandemic impacting islands worldwide. Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island.

The main purpose of this report is to act as a resource enabling all those who are interested to undertake further research, and it features over 600 articles documenting the impacts of COVID-19 on islands around the world from January 2020 to February 2021. Click here for more details and to download to the report


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