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About the Island Policy Lab

The IPL is passionately committed to finding solutions to the unique challenges faced by island nations, territories and other small island jurisdictions stemming from social, economic, environmental and natural resource factors.  The IPL is a multistakeholder partnership as listed with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) formed to address island specific development issues in alignment with the goals and aspiration of the SAMOA Pathway, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the UNFCCC Climate Accords and other multilateral agreements.  Starting in 2021, the IPL is proposed to serve as the global Secretariat of the UN Universities Consortium of Small Island States.

Mission of the IPL

The mission of the IPL is to provide policymakers, corporate public and private leaders and the general public with data-driven and high quality analysis on sustainability issues in islands.  The IPL also provides a shared, open knowledge sharing and transfer platform to strengthen SIDS research and training capacity and SIDS government policy interventions. It aims to bring the power of academic rigor to generate innovative and applied policy-based solutions to islands’ problems. 

Latest News

Call for Abstracts - "Multidimensional vulnerability indices for Developing Countries: Methods and Models"

We invite you to submit your title and abstract for consideration to develop into a full paper for submission on GeoForum (Elsevier).  Proposal to be sent on

Webinar - Dr Kalim Shah speaks on Green Technologies, Industries and air pollution

Dr. Kalim Shah, IPL Director speaks at the  “Green Industries, Technologies and Air Pollution” webinar held by the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Ramphal Institute.  Click on the click to watch the webinar.

Webinar - Prof Saleem Ali hosts non-partisan discussion on 'Science Diplomacy' with US Senators Coons and Murkowski.

IPL Academic Advisory Committee member Prof. Saleem Ali hosts non-partisan discussion on ‘Science Diplomacy’ with US Senators Coons and Murkowski. Here at the IPL, as our vision statement entails “Strategizing Island futures at the Science-Policy-Diplomacy Interface” , we continue to encourage and support discussions of this nature for the advancement of sustainable development goals in the US and globally.

Announcement - IPL Director becomes new Editor-in- Chief of CESaRE

IPL Director Dr Kalim Shah has been nominated as a new Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Caribbean Environmental Sciences and Renewable Energy (CESaRE).

Latest Publication on Frontiers for Energy Research

Read our latest publication published on Frontiers for Energy Research on “A Resource and Policy Driven Assessment of the Geothermal Energy Potential across the Islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines”

In the news - Director Dr Kalim Shah's article on moving business forward post-COVID

From the IPL’s ongoing collaborations with the business community on moving economic activity forward post-COVID, this is an article in the latest issue of the AMCHAM Trinidad and Tobago Linkage Magazine.


AR6 – Implications for islands

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released their Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) with findings even more alarming than previous reports. These findings have huge implications for small islands and coastal developing countries which the Island Policy Lab at the University of Delaware seeks to highlight in this video.

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