Announcing the publication of “An Introduction to Island Studies”

A new book by UPEI’s Dr. James Randall offers up island studies as a tool to better understand our own world of islands. An Introduction to Island Studies is an approachable look at this interdisciplinary field — from islands as biodiversity hotspots, their settlement, human migration and occupation through to the place of islands in the popular imagination. ISBN: 978-1-78661-546-6 Can be ordered in Canada by calling Nimbus Publishers at 1-800-646-2879 or To order outside of Canada, contact Rowman & Littlefield Publishers at


In this introduction to island studies, James Randall offers us a meticulously researched, exquisitely collated, trans-disciplinary text that serves as a comprehensive and critical review of the study of islands. Here is an authoritative yet jargon-free primer to introduce the study of islanded people, species and places. (Godfrey Baldacchino, University of Malta)

James Randall has seamlessly integrated his wealth of knowledge and years of research into this comprehensive book. Written in plain terms that make it accessible for a wide range of readers, it will be an excellent guide for all who want to learn or teach about island issues in the world. (Yoko Fujita, University of the Ryukyus)

At last a comprehensive introduction to island studies! James Randall has provided students with a perceptive, highly readable introduction to the study of islands, whether their focus is on the nature of Islandness, or the future of sustainable island communities, whether on the geography of the sunny islands of the Pacific, or the misty islands of the North Atlantic. Whatever their island interests, here they will find profound insight based on exhaustive research. (Andrew Jennings, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)

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