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Bibliography of Urban Island Studies.

Urban island studies: Theoretical & review articles

Island studies: Key publicationsCase studies & research articles

Scholarly monographs & edited collectionsMetaphorical uses of islandsWorks of fiction

About the the bibliography.

This bibliography, developed by Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos alongside the Urban Island Studies journal, serves as a resource island city writers and researchers. The bibliography is a perpetual work in progress. Entries have been divided into categories, and some entries include hyperlinks to the publications. To recommend publications for the bibliography, e-mail your ideas to Please place ‘Bibliography of Urban Island Studies’ in the title line/subject of your e-mail. In order to be included, your references must be formatted in accordance with Urban Island Studiesstyle guidelines. Please include internet addresses for the publications where possible.

Urban island studies: Theoretical & review articles (Back to top)

Baldacchino, G. (2006) ‘Small Islands versus Big Cities: Lessons in the Political Economy of Regional Development from the World’s Small Islands’, The Journal of Technology Transfer, 31(1), 91-100.

Grydehøj, A. (2015) ‘Island City Formation and Urban Island Studies’, Area, 47(4), 429-435.

Grydehøj, A. (2015) ‘Making Ground, Losing Space: Land Reclamation and Urban Public Space in Island Cities’, Urban Island Studies, 1, 96-117.

Grydehøj, A., et al. (2015) ‘Returning from the Horizon: Introducing Urban Island Studies’, Urban Island Studies, 1, 1-19.

Grydehøj, A. (2014) ‘Guest Editorial Introduction: Understanding Island Cities’, Island Studies Journal, 9(2), 183-190.

Hayward, P. (2015) ‘The Aquapelago and the Estuarine City: Reflections on Manhattan’, Urban Island Studies, 1, 81-95.

Island Studies: Key publications (Back to top)

Baker, R. (1992) 'Scale and Administrative Performance: The Governance of Small States and Microstates' in Randall Baker (ed.), Public Administration in Small and Island States. West Hartford: Kumarian Press, 5-25.

Baldacchino, G. (2010) Island Enclaves: Offshoring Strategies, Creative Governance, and Subnational Island Jurisdictions. McGill-Queen's Press-MQUP.

Baldacchino, G. (2008) 'Studying Islands: On Whose Terms? Some Epistemological and Methodological Challenges to the Pursuit of Island Studies', Island Studies Journal, 3(1), 37-56.

Benítez-Rojo, A. (1996) The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective. J. Maraniss (trans.). Durham: Duke University Press.

Bertram, G., & R.F. Watters (1986) ‘The MIRAB Process: Earlier Analyses in Context’, Pacific Viewpoint, 27(1), 47-59.

Briguglio, L., et al. (eds) (2010) Profiling Vulnerability and Resilience: A Manual for Small States. London: Commonwealth Secretariat.

Connell, J. (1991) ‘Island Microstates: The Mirage Of Development’, The Contemporary Pacific, 3(2), 251-287.

Depraetere, C. (2008) 'The Challenge of Nissology: A Global Outlook on the World Archipelago' Parts I-II, Island Studies Journal, 3(1).

Edmond, R., & V. Smith (2003) Islands in History and Representation. London & New York: Routledge.

Fernandes, R., & Pinho, P. (2015) ‘The Distinctive Nature of Spatial Development on Small Islands’, Progress in Planning.

Fletcher, L. (2010) ‘“… Some Distance to Go”: A Critical Survey of Island Studies’, New Literatures Review, 47-48, 17-34.

Gegeo, D.W. (2001) ‘Cultural Rupture and Indigeneity: The Challenge of (Re)visioning “Place” in the Pacific’, The Contemporary Pacific, 13(2), 491-507.

Gillis, J.R. (2007) 'Island Sojourns', Geographical Review, 97(2), 274-287.

Hau'ofa, E. (1994) 'Our Sea of Islands', The Contemporary Pacific, 6(1), 148-161.

Hay, P. (2006) 'A Phenomenology of Islands', Island Studies Journal, 1(1), 19-42.

Hayward, P. (2016) ‘Towards an Expanded Concept of Island Studies’, Shima, 10(1), 1-7.

Hayward, P. (2012) 'Aquapelagos and Aquapelagic Assemblages', Shima, 6(1), 1-19.

King, R. (1993) ‘The Geographical Fascination of Islands’ in D.G. Lockhart et al. (eds), The Development Process in Small Island States. London: Routledge, 13-37.

McCall, G. (1994) 'Nissology: A Proposal for Consideration', Journal of the Pacific Society, 63-64.

Nunn, P.D. (2004) ‘Through a Mist on the Ocean: Human Understanding of Island Environments’, Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 95(3), 311-325.

Pugh, J. (2016) ‘The Relational Turn in Island Geographies: Bringing together Island, Sea and Ship Relations and the Case of the Landship’, Social & Cultural Geography.

Pugh, J. (2013) 'Island Movements: Thinking with the Archipelago', Island Studies Journal, 8(1), 9-24.

Ronström, O. (2012) ‘Finding Their Place: Islands as Locus and Focus’, Cultural Geographies, 20(2), 153-165.

Stratford, E., et al. (2011) 'Envisioning the Archipelago', Island Studies Journal, 6(2), 113-130.

Suwa, J. (2007) ‘The Space Of Shima’, Shima, 1(1), 6-14.

Tolias, G. (2013) ‘The Politics of the Isolario: Maritime Cosmography and Overseas Expansion During the Renaissance’, The Historical Review/La Revue Historique, 9, 27-52.

Walcott, D. (1993) 'The Antilles, Fragments of Epic Memory: The 1992 Nobel Lecture'.

Case studies & research articles (Back to top)

Anderson, F. (2015) ‘An Unhemmed Dress: Popular Preservation and Civic Disobedience on the Manhattan Waterfront from the 1960s-2010s’, Shima, 9(1), 1-18.

Barnett, R., & J. Margetts (2013) ‘Disturbanism in the South Pacific: Disturbance Ecology as a Basis for Urban Resilience in Small Island States’ in S.T.A. Pickett et al. (eds) Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design. Dordrecht & New York: Springer, pp. 443-459.

Bautista, L.Q. (2011) ‘Building Sense out of Households: Migrants from Chuuk (Re)create Local Settlements in Guam’, City & Society, 23(1), 66-90.

Bhatia, N., & M. Casper (eds) (2013) The Petropolis of Tomorrow. New York: Rice.

Brown, R.P., & J. Connell (1993) ‘The Global Flea Market: Migration, Remittances and the Informal Economy in Tonga’, Development and Change, 24(4), 611-647.

Bryant-Tokalau, J.J. (2014) ‘Urban Squatters and the Poor in Fiji: Issues of Land and Investment in Coastal Areas’, Assia Pacific Viewpoint, 55(1), 54-66.

Cluster, D., & Hernández, R. (2006) The History of Havanna. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Connell, J. (2011) ‘Elephants in the Pacific? Pacific Urbanisation and its Discontents’, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 52(2), 121-135.

Connell, J. (2003) ‘Regulation of Space in the Contemporary Post-Colonial Pacific City, Asia Pacific Viewpoint’, 44(3), 243-257.

Connell, J. (1999) ‘Beyond Manila: Walls, Malls, and Private Spaces’, Environment and Planning A, 31(3), 417-439.

Connell, J. (1988) ‘Temporary Townsfolk? Siwai Migrants in Urban Papua New Guinea’, Pacific Studies, 11(3), 77-100.

Connell, J. (1986) ‘Population, Migration and Problems of Atoll Development’, Pacific Studies, 9(2), 1986, 41-58.

Connell, J. (1984) ‘Islands under Pressure: Population Growth and Urbanization in the South Pacific’, Ambio, 13(5-6), 306-12.

Connell, J. (1982) ‘Increasing Urbanisation in the South Pacific: An Inevitable Development?’, New Zealand Population Review, 8(3), 20-36.

Connell, J. (1975) ‘Pacific Urbanisation: The Exceptional Case of Tarawa Atoll’, Geographical Review, 65(3), 402-404.

Connell, J., & R. Curtain (1982) ‘The Political Economy of Urbanization in Melanesia’, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 3(2), 119-136.

Connell, J., & J. Lea (1994) ‘Cities of Parts, Cities Apart? Changing Places in Modern Melanesia’, The Contemporary Pacific, 267-309.

Connell, J., & J. Lea (1992) My Country Will Not be There: Global Warming, Development and the Planning Response in Small Island States’, Cities, 9(4), 295-309.

Connell, J., & J. Negin (2012) ‘The Malaise of Modernity: Urbanization, Mobility, and HIV in the Pacific’, Pacific Studies, 35(3), 371-399.

Connell, J., & B. Pritchard (1990) ‘Tax Havens and Global Capitalism: Vanuatu and the Australian Connection’, Australian Geographical Studies, 28(1), 38-50.

Enoch, M.P., & J.P. Warren (2008) ‘Automobile Use within Selected Island States’, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 42(9) pp. 1208–1219.

Goddard, M. (2005) The Unseen City: Anthropological Perspectives on Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Canberra: Pandanus.

Godenau, D., & J.S. Nuez Yánez (2013) ‘Feeding Two Million Residents and Ten Million Tourists: Food (In)sufficiency in the Canary Islands’, 7(2), 17-38.

Gold, P. (2016) ‘Gibraltar: A Paradigmatic Presqu'Ile?’, Shima, 10(1), 22-32.

Grydehøj, A. (2014) ‘Constructing a Centre on the Periphery: Urbanization and Urban Design in the Island City of Nuuk, Greenland’, Island Studies Journal, 9(2), 205-222.

Guerrero, P. (2013) ‘A Story told through Plena: Claiming Identity and Cultural Autonomy in the Street Festivals of San Juan, Puerto Rico’, Island Studies Journal, 8(1), 165-178.

Jauze, J.M. (2000) Villes et patrimoine à La Réunion. Paris: L’Harmattan.

Jones, P. (2012) ‘The Challenges of Implementing Millennium Development Goal Target 7D in Pacific Island Towns and Cities’, Asia-Pacific Development Journal, 19(1), 139-162.

Khoo, S.L., et al. (2015) ‘The Promise and Perils of the Island City of George Town (Penang) as a Creative City’, Urban Island Studies, 1, 20-34.

Koczberski, G., et al. (2001) ‘Full Circle or Spiralling out of Control? State Violence and the Control of Urbanisation in Papua New Guinea’, Urban Studies, 38(11), 2017-2036.

Kolodny, Y. (1962) La géographie urbaine de la Corse. Paris: SEDES.

Laguerre, M.S. (1982) Urban Life in the Caribbean: A Study of a Haitian Urban Community. Cambridge, MA: Schenkman.

Maguigad, V., et al. (2015) ‘Political Ecology, Island Tourism Planning, and Climate Change Adaptation on Boracay, Philippines’, Urban Island Studies, 1, 152-179.

Mendas, Z. (2016) ‘Historico-Economic Traces in the Former Island Cities of Zadar and Trogir’, Shima, 10(1), 85-110.

Milner, L. (2015) ‘Cockatoo, the Island Dockyard: Island Labour and Protest Culture’, Shima, 9(1), 19-37.

Phua, V., & J.W. Miller (2014) ‘Gazing at Haw Par villa: Cultural Tourism in Singapore’, Shima, 8(2), 73-88.

Picornell, M. (2014) ‘Insular Identity and Urban Contexts: Representations of the Local in the Construction of an Image of Palma (Majorca, Balearic Islands)’, Island Studies Journal, 9(2), 223-238.

Pigou-Dennis, E., & A. Grydehøj (2014) ‘Accidental and Ideal Island Cities: Islanding Processes and Urban Design in Belize City and the Urban Archipelagos of Europe’, Island Studies Journal, 9(2), 259-276.

Pons, A., et al. (2014) ‘Tourism Capitalism and Island Urbanization: Tourist Accommodation Diffusion in the Balearics, 1936-2010’, Island Studies Journal, 9(2), 239-258.

Royle, S.A. (2015) ‘Island Cities: The Case of Belfast, Northern Ireland’, Miscellanea Geographica, 19(2).

Royle, S.A. (2012) ‘Workshop of the Empire, 1820-1914’ in S.J. Connolly (ed.) Belfast 400: People, Place and History. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, pp. 199-236.

Royle, S.A. (2004) ‘Small Towns in Ireland, 1841-1951’, in H. Clarke, J. Prunty, & M. Hennessey (eds) Surveying Ireland’s Past: Multidisciplinary Essays in Honour of Anngret Simms. Dublin: Geography Publications, pp. 517-544.

Royle, S.A. (1999) ‘Conservation and Heritage in Face of Insular Urbanisation: The Marshall Islands and Kiribati’, Built Environment, 25(3), 211-221.

Royle, S.A. (1997) ‘Industrialisation in Indonesia: The Case of Batam Island’, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 18(1), 89-98.

Royle, S.A. (1996) ‘Colonial Cities on Empty Islands’, in D. Vanneste, (ed.) Space and Place: Mirrors of Social and Cultural Identities?  Studies in Historical Geography, Acta Geographica Lovaniensa, 35, 35-52.

Royle, S.A. (1994) ‘The Planning and Development of an Island Capital City: Hamilton, Bermuda’, Urban Morphology Newsletter, 14, 11-16.

Royle, S.A. (1993) ‘The Colonial Cities of the Atlantic Islands: With Particular Reference to Stanley, Falkland Islands’, Urban Morphology Newsletter, 12, 9-12.

Royle, S.A. (1990) ‘Jamestown, St Helena: Continuity and Change’, Urban Morphology Newsletter, 7, 10-12.

Shuster, D.R. (1979) ‘Urbanization in the Pacific: A Tentative Study’, Miscellaneous Work Paper, 1979: 3. Honolulu, Hawaii: Pacific Islands Studies Program, University of Hawaii.

Spoehr, A. (ed.) (1963) Pacific Port Towns and Cities. Honolulu: Bernice P. Bishop Museum.

Swaminathan, R. (2015) ‘Ports and Digital Ports: The Narrative Construction and Social Imaginaries of the Island City of Mumbai’, Urban Island Studies, 1, 35-54.

Swaminathan, R. (2014) ‘The Epistemology of a Sea View: Mindscapes of Space, Power and Value in Mumbai’, Island Studies Journal, 9(2), 277-292.

Tsai, H. M., & Chiang B.W. (2014) ‘Enclosing Resources on the Islands of Kinmen and Xiamen: From War Blockade to Financializing Natural Heritage’, Journal of Marine and Island Cultures, 3(2), 69-77.

Tutt, P.A. (2014) ‘Defining the Island City: Ancient Right versus Modern Metropolis, as Considered at Peel, Isle of Man’, Island Studies Journal, 9(2), 191-204.

Warren, J., et al. (2015) ‘Developing an Equitable and Sustainable Mobility Strategy for Havana’, Cities, 45, 133-141.

Warren, J.P., & M.P. Enoch (2010) ‘Island Transport, Car Ownership and Use: A Focus on Practices in Cuba, Malta, Mauritius and Singapore’, Island Studies Journal, 5(2), 193-216.

Scholarly monographs & edited collections (Back to top)

Boal, F.W., & S.A. Royle (eds) (2006) Enduring City: Belfast in the Twentieth Century. Belfast: Blackstaff.

Connell, J. (2013) Islands at Risk? Environments, Economies and Contemporary Change, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2013 (351 pp).

Connell, J., & J. Lea (2002) Urbanisation in the Island Pacific. Towards Sustainable Development. London: Routledge.

Connell, J., & J. Lea (1998) Island Towns: Managing Urbanization in Micronesia. Occasional Paper No. 40. Honolulu: Center for Pacific Island Studies, University of Hawaii.

Connell, J., & J. Lea (1995) Urbanisation in Polynesia. Pacific Policy Paper No. 14. Canberra: ANU National Centre for Development Studies.

Connell, J., & J. Lea (1994) Planning the Future: Melanesian Cities in 2010. Pacific Policy Paper No. 11. Canberra: ANU National Centre for Development Studies.

Jackson, R.T. (ed.) (1976) An Introduction to the Urban Geography of Papua New Guinea. Port Moresby: University of Papua New Guinea.

Kong, L., & B.S. Yeoh (2003) The Politics of Landscapes in Singapore: Constructions of ‘Nation’. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.

Royle, S.A. (2011) Portrait of an Industrial City: ‘Clanging Belfast’, 1750-1914. Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation for Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society.

Metaphorical uses of islands (Back to top)

Andexlinger, W. (2015) ‘Suburban Processes of Islandisation in Austria: The Cases of Vienna and Tyrol’, Urban Island Studies, 1, 118-133.

Neumeyer, F. (1990) ‘OMA’s Berlin: The Polemic Island in the City’, F. Rogier (trans.), Assemblage, 11, 37-53.

Ungers, O.M., & R. Koolhaas (2013 {1977]). F. Hertweck & S. Marot (eds) The City in the City – Berlin: The Green Archipelago. Zürich: Lars Müller.

Works of fiction (Back to top)

Xi, X. (1997) Marvels of a Floating City. Hong Kong: Renditions Paperbacks.