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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. 

Latest Webinars

Energy Innovation for Islands’ Sustainable Development

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

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Post COVID-19 Blue Economic Recovery Islands

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

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Environmental and Climate Change Innovation for Islands

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

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Latest News

"The Future of the Blue Economy" by Global Americans

The High-Level Working Group on Climate Change in the Caribbean has released the first report on “The Future of the Blue Economy”.  IPL Director Dr Shah has served as a member of the WG for this report.  Click to read more.

Latest Publication in WIREs Energy and Environment

Read our latest publication published in WIREs Energy and Environment entitled “Electric vehicle adoption in small island economies: Review from a technology transition perspective”.

New Publication in Philosophical Transactions A

Read our new publication published in Philosophical Transitions in the Royal Society A entitled “A Monte Carlo based approach to the resource assessment of Jamaica’s geothermal energy potential”.

In the news: "Transitioning to Renewable Energy in the U.S. Virgin Islands"

Biden School News covers the ongoing research project of the Island Policy Lab on energy transition in the U.S Virgin Islands.

In the news: "China's Growing Environmental Footprint in the Caribbean"

IPL Director Dr Kalim Shah and Affiliate Erica Chiorazzi discuss the environmental implications of China’s growing investment and political bonds in the Caribbean in an online article on the New Security Beat for the Wilson Centre.

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.

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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