Sustainable Island Futures 2022

Island Industrial Ecology

The fourth Sustainable Island Futures (SIF) will take place on 9 June, 2022 and is co-hosted by SISSTEM at the University of Aruba, the Islands section of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), & the Metabolism of Islands (MoI). Times are:

5:00 - 8:00 PST
8:00 - 11:00 EST
9:00 - 12:00 AST
13:00 - 16:00 UTC
14:00 - 17:00 CEST

To register, please visit here.


Welcome and introduction

prof. dr. Georges Felix

Agroecological Resilience and Food Sovereignty in the Caribbean

Elham Mohammadi:

Food Security in the Caribbean: Challenges and Options

Shupa Rahman:

Can the Caribbean localize its food system?

Jeltzlin Semerel:

Valorization of Aloe vera waste

Zoe Barois:

Building Resilience for Food Security in a Changing Climate. Small Developing Island States: Kiribati, a Case Study


Small island states are characterized by a strong dependency on external resources to meet their basic needs which highly contributes to the vulnerability of these territories. The approaches to increase resource security and self-reliance in small island states need to be carefully redesigned considering context-specific challenges and opportunities. At the same time, in order to achieve sustainability and build system resilience, holistic approaches need to be favored over narrow agendas. Several research collaborations are ongoing to address these challenges, such as the Sustainable Island Solutions through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (SISSTEM) program at the University of Aruba, and the Metabolism of Islands (MoI) research program. These bring together researchers from a dozen universities that are concerned about sustainable futures for small islands throughout the world. This multidisciplinary symposium aims to bring together emerging scholars to exchange ideas and approaches for a sustainability transformation in small island states and to foster interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration.