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Learning from Small Island Economies: Perspectives on Greenland’s Economic Development


Due to unforeseen circumstances, this public
lecture will not be streamed on our YouTube channel

Department of Cultural & Social History at Ilisimatusarfik invites to a public lecture with cultural geographer Adam Grydehøj, PhD:

"Learning from Small Island Economies: Perspectives on Greenland’s Economic Development"

Since the 1950s, Greenland has developed a system of government that follows the Danish model. Greenland has also inherited European ways of thinking about the economy. Discussions about what is economically and politically possible are often conditioned by external expectations. Due to knowledge of how economies operate in larger states, many experts argue that Greenland must massively reduce public spending, avoid large infrastructure projects, and focus on exports of raw materials.  

Adam Grydehøj argues that economic processes in Greenland, albeit often compared to the Danish case, in fact more closely resemble those in other island states and territories around the world. Such islands frequently are former colonies, have very small economies, and are dominated by the public sector. Over the past 30 years, research into small island economies has revealed successful economic strategies that do not fit within dominant understandings from large states. By learning from the experiences of these other island economies, Greenland could move towards models that might be more suitable to the Greenlandic realities.

  • When: Wednesday 28 February from 19.30
  • Where: Auditorium at Ilisimatusarfik campus Ilimmarfik

The lecture will be held in English.

Tea, coffee and cake will be served afterwards, and there will be time for questions and discussion.

Everyone is welcome.

Adam Grydehøj is research associate at the University of Prince Edward Island (Canada), director of the Island Dynamics research organization, and editor of Island Studies Journal. He studies the interaction between culture, politics, and economy in island communities worldwide and has researched islands in Scotland, Norway, Denmark, China, Taiwan, and Indonesia. Since 2014, he has been a visiting lecturer in political science at Ilisimatusarfik. 


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