Prof. Godfrey Baldacchino

Prof. Godfrey Baldacchino

Prof. Godfrey Baldacchino

 B.A.(Melit.),P.G.C.E.(Melit.),M.A.(The Hague),Ph.D.(Warw.)


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International Development & Quality Assurance
Godfrey Baldacchino PhD (Warwick), BA (Gen.) (Malta), PGCE (Malta), MA (The Hague) is Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Chairman of the Board of the Centre for Labour Studies, both at the University of Malta, Malta. He is also an Island Studies Teaching Fellow at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), Canada; and outgoing Canada Research Chair in Island Studies (2003-2013) at the same university. He is founding Executive Editor of Island Studies Journal (ISSN: 1715-2593), now indexed in Web of Science, and incoming Executive Editor of Small States & Territories (a new, on-line, open access journal). He served as Visiting Professor of Island Tourism at the Universita' di Corsica Pascal Paoli, France (2012-2015). He was Member and Chair of the Malta Board of Cooperatives (1994-2003) and core member of the Malta-European Union Steering & Action Committee (MEUSAC). In 2008-2010, he was Vice-President of the Prince Edward Island Association for Newcomers to Canada. In 2014, he was elected President of the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA). In June 2015, he was elected Chair of the Scientific Board of RETI, the global excellence network of island universities.

Since October 2016, he is serving as Pro Rector (International Development and Quality Assurance) at the University of Malta, assisting the Rectorate of Prof. Alfred J. Vella.

His areas of research interest include: island studies, small state studies, political geography, sociology of work, international relations, island tourism, entrepreneurship, brain rotation, immigration, labour relations, human resource management, adult education, worker empowerment and the development of cooperatives.

Prof. Baldacchino has (co-)authored 22 books, reports and monographs; (co-) edited or guest edited another 27 and has authored, since 1993, over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles or book chapters.

Prof. Baldacchino`s work has also appeared in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Swedish (and apart from English and Maltese).
  • small states
  • island studies
  • sociology
  • labour relations

Baldacchino, G. & Dana, L.P. 2010, "20. A critical investigation of the Protestant ethic on a divided island", Entrepreneurship and religion, vol. 38, pp. 401.

Baldacchino, G. & Pleijel, C. 2010, "European Islands, Development and the Cohesion Policy: A Case Study of Kökar, Åland Islands", Island Studies Journal, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 89-110.

Baldacchino, G. & Royle, S.A. 2010, "Postcolonialism and Islands: Introduction", Space and Culture, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 140.

Baldacchino, G. 2010, "Island brands and 'the Island' as a brand: insights from immigrant entrepreneurs on Prince Edward Island", International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 378-393.

Baldacchino, G. 2010, "Islands and beers: toasting a discriminatory approach to small island manufacturing", Asia Pacific Viewpoint, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 61-72.

Baldacchino, G. 2010, "Re-placing materiality: a Western anthropology of sand", Annals of Tourism Research, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 763-778.

Baldacchino, G., Chilton, L., Seaman, J., Chung, S.J.Y., Mathiang, B.M., Arsenault, K.J. & Houde, J. 2009, The Host Program and Immigrant Retention on Prince Edward Island, University of Prince Edward Island in collaboration with the Prince Edward Island Association for Newcomers to Canada.

Baldacchino, G. 2009, "Pangs of nascent nationalism from the nationless state? Euro coins and undocumented migrants in Malta since 2004", Nations and Nationalism, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 148-165.

Baldacchino, G. 2009, Trade unions in Malta, European Trade Union Institute, Brussels.

Baldacchino, G. 2008, "Studying islands: on whose terms? Some epistemological and methodological challenges to the pursuit of island studies", Island Studies Journal, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 37-56.

Baldacchino, G. & Funk, M. 2008, "A Search for a Measure of the Quality of Life on Prince Edward Island: An Inter-Provincial 'Cost of Living'Inquiry", .

Baldacchino, G. 2007, "Introducing a world of islands" in A World of Islands: An Island Studies Reader, pp. 1-32.

Baldacchino, G. 2007, "Islands as novelty sites", Geographical Review, vol. 97, no. 2, pp. 165-174.

Baldacchino, G., Chandrasekere, S. & Saunders, P. 2007, "Internationally educated health professionals in Atlantic Canada", Canada Issues.Special feature on Foreign Credential Recognition.Spring, , pp. 104-107.

Baldacchino, G. 2007, "Fixed links and the engagement of islandness: reviewing the impact of the Confederation Bridge", Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe Canadien, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 323-336.

Baldacchino, G. 2006, Special Issue: sub-national island jurisdictions, Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Group.

Baldacchino, G. 2006, "The brain rotation and brain diffusion strategies of small islanders: considering 'movement´in lieu of 'place'", Globalisation, Societies and Education, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 143.

Baldacchino, G. 2006, "Innovative development strategies from non-sovereign island jurisdictions? A global review of economic policy and governance practices", World Development, vol. 34, no. 5, pp. 852-867.

Baldacchino, G. 2006, "Islands, island studies, island studies journal", Island Studies Journal, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 3-18.

Baldacchino, G. 2006, "Small islands versus big cities: lessons in the political economy of regional development from the world's small islands", Journal of Technology Transfer, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 91-100.

Baldacchino, G. 2006, "Warm versus cold water island tourism: a review of policy implications", Island Studies Journal, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 183-200.

Baldacchino, G. 2005, "Island entrepreneurs: Insights from exceptionally successful knowledge-driven SMEs from 5 European island territories", Journal of Enterprising Culture, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 145-170.

Baldacchino, G. 2005, "Successful small scale manufacturing: A comparative assessment across five European island regions", Bank of Valletta Review, vol. 31, pp. 17-31.

Baldacchino, G. 2005, "Successful small-scale manufacturing from small islands: Comparing firms benefiting from locally available raw material input", Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 21-38.

Baldacchino, G. 2004, "Autonomous but not sovereign? A review of island sub-nationalism", Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism, vol. 31, no. 1-2, pp. 77-89.

Baldacchino, G. 2004, "Engaging the Hinterland Beyond: Two Ideal Type Strategies of Externality Management for Small Island Territories", A paper prepared for the conference "Celebration of Mirab" held at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 23.

Baldacchino, G. 2004, "The Impact of Bridges and other 'Fixed Links' on Island Communities: When Small Islands are Connected to Mainlands", Islands of the World VIII, Changing Islands-Changing Worlds: Proceedings (1), Kinmen, Taiwan & International Small Islands Studies Association, , pp. 99-110.

Baldacchino, G. 2004, "Island studies comes of age", Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, vol. 95, no. 3, pp. 272-283.

Baldacchino, G. 2004, "Sustainable use practices, including tourism, in/for small islands", INSULA-PARIS-, vol. 13, no. 1/2, pp. 15.

Baldacchino, G., Rizzo, S. & Zammit, E.L. 2003, Evolving industrial relations in Malta, Agenda in collaboration with Workers' Participation Development Centre.

Baldacchino, G. 2002, "Jurisdictional self-reliance for small island territories: considering the partition of Cyprus", The Round Table, vol. 365, no. 1, pp. 349-360.

Baldacchino, G. 2002, "A nationless state? Malta, national identity and the EU", West European Politics, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 191-206.

Baldacchino, G. 2002, "A Taste of Small-Island Success: A Case from Prince Edward Island", Journal of Small Business Management, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 254-259.

Baldacchino, G. & Farrugia, C. 2002, Educational planning and management in small states: Concepts and experiences, Commonwealth Secretarial.

Baldacchino, G. 2001, "Human resource management strategies for small territories: an alternative proposition", International Journal of Educational Development, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 205-215.

Baldacchino, G. & Bray, M. 2001, Human Resource Strategies for Small States, Pergamon.

Baldacchino, G. & Bray, M. 2001, "Special issue on human resource strategies for small states", International Journal of Educational Development, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 203-204.

Baldacchino, G. 2001, "'But what exactly does the directive say?': The role of EU Acquis experts in industrial relations", European Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 137.

Mallia, A., Baldacchino, G., Mayo, P., Wain, K., Buhagiar, A. & Macelli, N. 2001, "Malta: report of the national consultation process on the memorandum of lifelong learning: outcomes to date and plans for the way forward", .

Baldacchino, G. 2000, "The challenge of hypothermia a six-proposition manifesto for small Island territories", The Round Table, vol. 353, no. 1, pp. 65-79.

Baldacchino, G. 2000, "Educational Development in the Small States of the Commonwealth: Retrospect and Prospect", Comparative Education, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 492-493.

Baldacchino, G. 2000, "Malta and the European Union. A comparative study on social policy, employment and industrial relations", .

Baldacchino, G. 1999, "``Strategies for Self-Reliant Development.''", Paper for International Conference on``Microstates.

BALDACCHINO, G. 1999, "COMPETITIVENESS VERSUS SOCIAL COHESION: EMPLOYMENT-CREATION POLICIES IN MALTA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION", Getting down to gearing up for Europe: EDRC Conference 1999University of Malta, , pp. 259.

Baldacchino, G. 1999, "A double dose of unitarism: employment relations in a small firm in a small island state", International Journal of Employment Studies, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 103.

Baldacchino, G. 1999, "An exceptional success", Journal of Pacific Studies, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 28.

Baldacchino, G. 1999, "Recent Developments in Higher Education in Malta.", Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 205-214.

Baldacchino, G. 1999, "Small business in small islands: A case study from Fiji", Journal of Small Business Management, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 80-85.

Fabri, D. & Baldacchino, G. 1999, "The Malta Financial Services Centre: A Study in MicroState Dependency Management", Offshore Finance Centers and Tax Havens, , pp. 140-65.

Baldacchino, G. 1998, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 267-279.

Baldacchino, G. 1998, "Resolving the tension between wages and competitiveness", Bank of Valletta Review, , pp. 25-38.

Baldacchino, G. & Greenwood, R. 1998, Competing strategies of socio-economic development for small islands, Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island.

Baldacchino, G. 1997, "A clash of human resource management cultures: a micro-state case study", International Journal of Human Resource Management, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 506-518.

Baldacchino, G. 1997, The Graduating Workforce: A Tracer Survey of University Graduates on the Malta Labour Market, Workers' Participation Development Centre.

Baldacchino, G. 1997, "Observing the Observers: Preliminary Results from the Global Survey of Meteor Observers", Proceedings of the International Meteor Conference, pp. 12.

Baldacchino, G. & Mayo, P. 1996, "Adult and Continuing Education in Small and Island States: The Case of Malta.", Convergence, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 22-35.

Baldacchino, G. 1996, "Trade Unions in the Maltese Private Sector", Bank of Valletta Review (Malta), vol. 13, pp. 17-30.

Baldacchino, G. 1995, "The 1994 Eta-Aquarids: a tentative global analysis", WGN, Journal of the International Meteor Organization, vol. 23, pp. 213-216.

Baldacchino, G. 1995, "Total quality management in a luxury hotel: a critique of practice", International Journal of Hospitality Management, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 67-78.

Baldacchino, G. 1994, "Conceptualising labour in development: a theoretical review", Economic and Social Studies (Malta), vol. 7, pp. 26-43.

Baldacchino, G. 1994, "Peculiar human resource management practices? A case study of a microstate hotel", Tourism Management, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 46-52.

Baldacchino, G. 1993, "Bursting the bubble: the pseudo-development strategies of microstates", Development and Change, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 29-52.

Baldacchino, G. 1990, "A simple binocular mount for meteor work.", WGN, Journal of the International Meteor Organization, vol. 18, pp. 158-162.

Baldacchino, G. 1990, "A war of position: ideas on a strategy for worker cooperative development", Economic and Industrial Democracy, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 463.

Baldacchino, G. 1988, "The industrialization of Malta: a historical analysis of the formation, control and response of labour", Issues: Aspects of an Island Economy, Msida, Malta: The New Economics Society, , pp. 60-87.

Baldacchino, G. 1987, "Wages policy at Malta Drydocks: analysis of an ambivalence", Economic and Social Studies (Malta), vol. 4, pp. 29-50.

Baldacchino, G. "Editorial: Five Years On", Island Studies Journal, vol. 5.

Baldacchino, G. "Islands in between: Martín García and other geopolitical flashpoints", Island Studies Journal, vol. 3.

  • CLS1210 - Gender and Decision Making
  • CLS3104 - Employee Involvement and Participation
  • CLS5107 - The Workplace
  • IRL2083 - Small Jurisdictions and International Relations
  • SOC1061 - Sociology of Island Life
  • SOC2079 - Sociology of the Habitat
  • SOC5005 - Health Medicine and Society: An Introduction to Medical Sociology