Strategizing Island Futures at the Science-Policy-Diplomacy Interface

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About the Island Policy Lab

The Island Policy Lab (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 multi-stakeholder partnership as listed with the United Nations 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 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Accords and other multilateral agreements.  Launched in 2021, the IPL is proposed to serve as the global Secretariat of the UN Universities Consortium of Small Island States (UCSIS).

Mission of the Island Policy Lab

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 island research and training capacity and island government policy interventions. It aims to bring the power of academic rigor to generate innovative and applied policy-based solutions to islands’ problems. 

Upcoming Events

Energy Innovation for Islands’ Sustainable Development

Wednesday March 9th 2022, 9:00 AM to 10.30 AM EST

Virtual Zoom Symposium

Post COVID-19 Blue Economic Recovery Islands

Wednesday March 9th 2022, 2:00 PM to 03.30 PM EST

Virtual Zoom Symposium

Environmental and Climate Change Innovation for Islands

Wednesday March 9th 2022, 5:00 PM to 06.30 PM EST

Virtual Zoom Symposium

Strategic Planning for the Development of a Knowledge Platform

Thursday March 10th 2022, 1:00 PM to 3.00 AM EST

Virtual Zoom Workshop

Latest News

Change in Leadership: The IEA thanks outgoing President and Council members for their leadership for 2019-22

The Board of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association thanked Dr. Kalim Shah, outgoing President, for his service at the end of his term (2019-2021) during the recent 26th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment held virtually and at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

New Publication: "Caribbean Public Health Management: Reforms needed revealed by COVID-19 pandemic"

Director Dr Shah and Master student, Sophie Phillips shed some light on reforms needed in the Caribbean Pubic Health Sector following COVID-19 in the latest Edition of The Cowrie.  Click on the link to access full journal.

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 kalshah@udel.edu

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.

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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