The International Small Islands Studies Association (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.

The objectives of ISISA are pursued by encouraging the networking of small island communities through international communication systems, such as newsletters and journals and the holding of periodic, multi-disciplinary conferences, employing appropriate technologies to achieve these ends.

ISISA was officially established in 1992 on the occasion of the “Islands of the World III” conference held in Nassau, Bahamas. Prior to formally establishing the Association, a group of scholars and researchers, professionals and others from around the world had met on two previous occasions, in Victoria, BC, Canada, in 1986 and in Tasmania, Australia, in 1988.

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