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Dr. Kelly Vodden
Thesis title (working title):
Viability of small island communities: the role of rural
A comparative study between Notre Dame Bay islands in Newfoundland and Zadar archipelago islands in Croatia.
My research is focused on exploring the connection between
viability of small island communities and government policy through
a comparative study between Croatian islands in Zadar archipelago
and the islands of Notre Dame Bay in Newfoundland.
I am particularly interested in the contrast between the levels of policy support provided to the two island groups as well as the attitudes of government officials in urban power centres towards the island communities situated on the periphery and the attitudes of islanders towards policies that affect the future development of their communities.
Despite their geographic differences, Zadar islands and the islands in the Notre Dame Bay have remarkable demographic, economic and historic similarities which could provide an important insight into how policies crafted outside island environments impact viability of small island communities.
- Small island communities
- Cultural geography
- Development practices