About SCIS

The Scottish Centre for Island Studies is an inter-disciplinary response to the developing terrain of island studies research and practice and seeks to develop this focus at University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in partnership with colleagues within the institution as well as beyond, working 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 comes under the aegis of the Faculty of Business and Creative Industries, University of the West of Scotland. SCIS is research and knowledge exchange initiative formally based within UWS, with colleagues based at both Ayr and Paisley campuses.  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 University’s Innovation and Research office (IRO) as the latter’s single point of contact for such arrangements. The centre currently sits within the Creative Futures Institute at University of the West of Scotland.

UWS colleagues currently involved in SCIS related activity include:

  • Dr Kathryn A Burnett,    (co -Chair) Senior Lecturer, Subject Lead for Broadcast, School of Culture and Creative Industries, 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 2010 – 2012); currently School of CCI Research Associate;
  • Mr Tony Grace,  Senior Lecturer School of Culture and Creative Industries, University of the West of Scotland.
  • Mr Graeme Jeffrey, Reader School of Culture and Creative Industries, University of the West of Scotland.
  • Ms. Anne Gifford, Head of School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of the West of Scotland.
  • Mrs Margaret Scott, Skillset Media Academy Manager, School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of the West of Scotland.
  • Dr Alexandre Gagnon, Lecturer School of Science, University of the West of Scotland.
  • Mr David Scott, Lecturer, School of Culture and Creative Industries, University of the West of Scotland.

Scottish Centre for Island Studies Postgraduate Students

  • Ms Rachael Flynn (PhD Research Student)
  • Ms Kirsten MacLeod (PhD Research Student)

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 currently 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 Douglas Chalmers, School of Business, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Dr Rhys Evans, Principal of Integrate Consulting and formerly, Senior Research Fellow at the UHI Centre of Mountain Studies (CMS), Perth
  • Dr Sarah Neely, Dept of Film & Media Studies, University of Stirling
  • 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
  • Dr Lynda Harling Stalker, Dept of Sociology, St Francis Xavier, NS, Canada