I am excited to have been included in this edited volume, due out this September.
About the Book
Islands and their environs—aerial, terrestrial, aquatic—may be understood as intensifiers, their particular and distinctive geographies enabling concentrated study of many kinds of challenges and opportunities. This edited collection brings together several emerging and established academics with expertise in island studies, and interest in geopolitics, governance, adaptive capacity, justice, equity, self-determination, environmental care and protection, and land management. Individually and together, their perspectives provide theoretically useful, empirically grounded evidence of the contributions human geographers can make to knowledge and understanding of island places and the place of islands. Nine chapters engage with the themes, issues, and ideas that characterise the borderlands between island studies and human geography and allied fields, and are contributed by authors for whom matters of place, space, environment, and scale are key, and for whom islands hold an abiding fascination. The penultimate chapter is rather more experimental—a conversation among these authors and the editor—and the last chapter offers timely reflections upon island geographies’ past and future, penned by the first named professor of island geography, Stephen Royle.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction – perspectives on islands and human geography Elaine Stratford
2. The Deep Pacific: Island Governance and Seabed Mineral Development Katherine Genevieve Sammler
3. Islands and lighthouses: a phenomenological geography of Cape Bruny, Tasmania Thérèse Murray and Elaine Stratford
4. Compound Injustice: The Impacts of Climate Finance on an Atoll Nation Annika R Dean, Donna Green, and Patrick Nunn
5. Island feminism: insights from the Aegean, Pacific and Caribbean Marina Karides
6. Cultural heritage in ‘natural’ protected areas: New Zealand’s Rangitoto and Motutapu islands David Bade
7. ‘The good garbage’: waste to water in the Caribbean islands of St Barthélemy and St Croix Russell Fielding
8. Detecting changes in land-use/cover on Saint Martin’s Island, Bangladesh, using remote sensing data and GIS Munshi Khaledur Rahman and Thomas Schmidlin
9. Reflecting on practice – a round table discussion on human geography and island studies
10. Retrospect and prospect Steve Royle