About SCIS

The Scottish Centre for Island Studies is an inter-disciplinary response to the developing terrain of island studies research and practice in Scotland and seeks to develop this focus at University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in partnership with  a range of individuals and organisations locally, nationally and internationally.

Our focus: Scotland’s Islands & Island Studies

The Scottish Centre for Island Studies at UWS arises out of practical experience in the brokerage of knowledge transfer partnerships between the academic and the island communities in Scotland and an awareness of the potential, the capability and the benefits inherent in the development of such partnerships on three fronts.

  • Firstly, an appreciation of the contribution the academic community  can make to assisting Scotland’s outlying and sparsely populated islands in addressing their needs and their aspirations to secure the sustainable  island communities of the future.
  • Secondly, an understanding of the contribution Scotland can make to the growing academic field of island studies and an appreciation of the how participation in comparative and collaborative research in this field can be of tangible benefit to Scotland’s island communities.
  • Thirdly, recognition of the cultural, social and environmental assets of Scotland’s islands, their significance and possibilities for  economic regeneration in a national and international, as well as local and regional, context.

For more information on the Scottish Centre for Island Studies please contact either of the co-chairs of the centre:Dr Kathryn A Burnett at UWS (kathryn.burnett@uws.ac.uk) or  Professor Mike Danson, formerly UWS now Heriot-Watt University (m.danson@hw.ac.uk). Please also refer to the related links and further details on this website of our interests and activity.

SCIS People

The Scottish Centre for Island Studies (SCIS) is research and knowledge exchange initiative formally based within UWS, with colleagues based at both the Ayr and Paisley campusesbut involving a network of colleagues in Scotland and beyond.  As is appropriate to its aims and objectives, SCIS operates from the outset as a ‘cross-school’ centre with a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to research, outputs and related activity. Contractual arrangements and agreements with external bodies as to funding, contracts, and research and consultancy are processed through the (UWS) University’s Innovation and Research office (IRO) as the latter’s single point of contact for such arrangements.

Colleagues currently involved in core SCIS related activity include:

  • Dr Kathryn A Burnett  (co -Chair) Senior Lecturer, Culture and Creativity Hub, School of Media, Culture and Society, University of the West of Scotland.
  • Professor Mike Danson (co -Chair) Professor of Enterprise Policy/Director of PhD Programme School of Management & Languages, Heriot-Watt University.
  • Mr Ray Burnett, Dicuil Institute, Isle of Benbecula, Western Isles, (School of Creative and Cultural Industries Honorary Research Fellow); Research Associate;
  • Dr Alexandre Gagnon, Lecturer, School of Science, University of the West of Scotland.
  • Mr Tony Grace, Senior Lecturer, Culture and Creativity Hub, School of Media, Culture and Society, University of the West of Scotland.
  • Mr Graeme Jeffrey, Reader, Culture and Creativity Hub, School of Media, Culture and Society, University of the West of Scotland, University of the West of Scotland.
  • Dr Lynda Harling Stalker, Dept of Sociology, St Francis Xavier, NS, Canada
  • Dr Sarah Neely, Dept of Film & Media Studies, University of Stirling

The centre is supported in its activity by an external advisory group drawn from the wider HEI community in Scotland and the international island studies academic community who were instrumental in the development of the Centre. Those who operate in an advisory capacity include:

  • Professor Neil Blain, Dept of Film & Media Studies, University of Stirling
  • Professor  Murdo MacDonald, School of Fine Art, University of Dundee
  • John Norman MacLeod, Deputy Director & Head of Studies, Sabhal Mór Ostaig, UHI
  • Dr Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr James Oliver, University of Melbourn
  • Mr Geoff Whittam, School of Business, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Dr Peter Hay, Reader, School of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania
  • Professor Philip Hayward, Director, Island Cultures Research Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • Professsor Edward MacDonald, Dept of History, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Dr  Suzanne Thomas, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Professor  Peter de Souza, Hedmark University College, Norway
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