International Small Islands Studies Association

Welcome to ISISA

ISISA is a voluntary, non-profit and independent organisation. Our objectives are to study islands on their own terms, and to encourage free scholarly discussion on small island related matters such as islandness, smallness, insularity, dependency, resource management and environment, and the nature of island life.


ISISA Conferences

ISISA - 18th 'Islands of the World' Conference - Zadar and area, Croatia - 13-17 June 2022.

The University of Zadar has hosted ISISA's 18th Islands of the World Conference: 13-17 June 2022, on the theme: Islands: Nature and Culture. 89 abstracts and 4 keynote addresses await the 120 participants registered for the event

Conference Web Site: -

Book of Abstracts and Conference Poster are available.

ISISA General Meeting was held on Friday, 17th June.  A New Executive has been elected. All relevant documents are found here.


Islands of the World XVII: Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories

(Virtual) Host: Memorial University, St John's, Newfoundland, Canada

June 14-18, 2021: 105 Abstracts received and accepted. Details here

Recording of Opening Session (with Dr Rob Greenwood, Dr Godfrey Baldacchino, novelist Michael Crummey and moderator Dr Bojan Furst):


First ISISA Global Island Studies Webinar: June 2020

The first ISISA Global Island Studies Webinar (GISW) ran non-stop on Wednesday June 24, 2020 for 31 hours.

ISISA thanks the Harris Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada, for providing the IT infrastructure and support to make this webinar possible. Programme of Event (With Multiple Time Zones as reference) is available hereBook of Abstracts for all 62 presentations is available here (as pdf). There were 220 unique viewers during GISW-1.


Islands of the World XVI: For an Island Sense of Place

Leeuwarden and Terschelling, Frisian Islands, The Netherlands
June 10-14, 2018

Full Conference Programme and Abstracts

Islands of the World XV: Small Island Communities: Models for Global Survival
Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
2 – 7 July 2017

Islands of the World XIV: (with RETI: Excellence Network of Island Universities)
Niss(i)ology and Utopia: Back to the Roots of Island Studies
University of the Aegean
Mytilini, Lesvos Island, Greece
23 – 27 May 2016

Opening Evening Programme - Conference Poster - Full Conference Programme


ISISA Publications

Island Studies Journal        Latest ISISA Newsletter


Islands and the CoronaVirus pandemic: Latest Update by Iain Orr:  5 May 2021 here

Statistical Table from the above document is available as a stand-alone Excel Spreadsheet (Thanks to Bruce G. Potter)

- updated as at 5 May 2021 here

(Comments are welcomed by the author at:


SMILO Report on Island Networks and Organisations available here.


COVID-19 Island Insights Series led by the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance

and the University of Prince Edward Island's Institute of Island Studies in collaboration with Island Innovation: here



Island Events

Accepting bids to host 19th 'Islands of the World' Conference in 2024 - Location in the Indian or Pacific Ocean is preferred.

Accepting bids to host 20th 'Islands of the World' Conference in 2026.

Island News

(11 January 2020) - Kangaroo Island, Australia, devastated by bushfires: Island solidarity expressed

With an area of 4,405km2, Kangaroo Island is small, with an economy based on agriculture and tourism. In July 2017, the island’s community hosted ISISA 15th Islands of the World Conference and gave the international island studies community a warm welcome.

ISISA has donated $1,000 to the Children Bushfire Fund on KI, in support of children and their families displaced by the fires that devstated the island and its human and non-human residents. Letter of Thanks for Donors from Kangaroo Island, dated 18 May 2020, available here.

The Executive of ISISA

 ISISA e-mail group