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Returning from the Horizon: Introducing Urban Island Studies

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jonathan Pugh


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Island studies tends to focus on peripheral, isolated, and marginal aspects of island communities, while urban studies has showed scant awareness of islandness: Although many people research cities on islands, there is little tradition of researching island cities or urban archipelagos per se. Island cities (densely populated small islands and population centres of larger islands and archipelagos) nevertheless play import cultural, economic, political, and environmental roles on local, regional, and global scales. Many major cities and ports have developed on small islands, and even villages can fulfil important urban functions on lightly populated islands. Island concepts are also deployed to metaphorically describe developments in urban space. The journal Urban Island Studies explores island and urban processes around the world, taking an island approach to urban research and an urban approach to island research.

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Author(s): Pugh J, Grydehøj A, Pinya X, Cooke G, Doratlı N, Elewa A, Kelman I, Pugh J, Schick L, Swaminathan R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Urban Island Studies

Year: 2015

Volume: 1

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-19

Print publication date: 31/12/2015

Online publication date: 04/05/2015

Acceptance date: 04/05/2015

Publisher: Island Dynamics