This conference brought together researchers from across the globe to explore urban
life on islands and archipelagos.
Islands are often associated with peripherality, yet they have long been important
sites for the growth of cities. Physical separation from the mainland and spatial
limitations can encourage the transport of products and ideas, improved defence infrastructure,
construction of social capital, consolidation of political power, formation of vibrant
cultures, and concentration of population. Some island cities were located on inland
river islands and have since expanded far beyond their original borders while others
are still strongly associated with their island cores.
Fostering dialogue between the fields of island studies and urban studies, this interdisciplinary
conference featured presentations that explored and critiqued the varied connections
between the urban and the insular from a diversity of perspectives on culture, planning,
politics, architecture, economy, and environment in island cities worldwide.
John Urry (Lancaster University)
Elaine Stratford (University of Tasmania)
Stephen Graham (Newcastle University)
C.Y. Jim (University of Hong Kong)
Sean Mallon (Museum of New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa)