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Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos.

Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos (ICUA) is an urban island studies research network of Island Dynamics. ICUA works at the intersection of island studies and urban studies, researching the culture, economy, politics, planning, environment, and design of urban areas on islands worldwide. ICUA investigates what island cities can tell us about broader wider development processes and contributes to broadening the island studies research field. You can learn about ICUA here.


Upcoming ICUA conferences.

Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2018

Islands, Resources, and Society

September 2018, Zhoushan, China


Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2017

November 2017, Funchal, Madeira


Past ICUA conferences.

ICUA 2016, Hong Kong


ICUA 2014, Copenhagen

Densely urbanised small islands and archipelagos

Abidjan • Abu Dhabi • Amsterdam • Atlantic City Bahrain • Banjul • Barbados • Bruges • Cádiz Florianópolis • Galveston • Guangzhou

Hong Kong • Jersey • Lagos • Lübeck • Macau

Malé • Malta • Miami Beach • Mombasa Montreal

Mumbai • Nantes • Penang • New York City Portsmouth • Saint Martin • St Petersburg • Santos

São Luís • Singapore • Stockholm • Tromsø

Venice • Xiamen • Zhoushan


Island and archipelago population centres

Auckland • Funchal • Hagåtña • Havana

 Heraklion Honolulu • Jakarta • Lerwick • Magong  Manila • Nicosia • Nuuk • Port Vila • Reykjavík

Rio Grande (Tierra del Fuego)

Stanley • Suva • Taipei • Visby


Metaphorical islands?

Archipelago Cities Exclusionary Enclaves Gated Communities • Immigrant Detention Centres