Changes in Small Island Communities – The Example of Šibenik Islands

Head: DR Ivan LAJIĆ

Researchers: Sonja PODGORELEC, Sanja KLEMPIĆ BOGADI, Mario BARA, Ivana LUČEV, Roko MIŠETIĆ

Duration: 2010-2013

Short description of the project

The scientific research project Changes in Small Island Communities – an Example of the Šibenik Islands, is a project of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies funded by the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure.

The social and economic changes that Croatia has been going through in the recent decades as an independent state, but also part of the wider European area, have significantly affected the way of life of the population of the Croatian islands. The aim of the project is to describe the basic processes and the most important changes in the way of life of communities on small Croatian islands from the 1960s to the present day. The population of five inhabited islands of the Šibenik archipelago – Zlarin, Prvić, Kaprije, Žirje, and Krapanj, which also belong to the Dalmatian islands, was selected as the subject of the research. The sixth inhabited island, Murter, the largest and the most populous in the Šibenik archipelago, was excluded from consideration primarily because of the bridge connection.

The quality of life of the population of the Šibenik Islands, the impact of positive and negative aspects of the concept of insularity: the size of communities, specifics of space/transformation of space/level of connection with the mainland/infrastructural and socially – peripherality, isolation, island culture, economic and demographic aspects of migration. At the same time, the intention was to test the methodological tools for the following research.

For the purposes of the research, an analysis of secondary data and sources, surveys, and individual interviews with members of the island population were conducted. A combination of intentional and disproportionate quota sample surveyed 249 islanders aged 19 to 92 years, of which 125 (50.2%) were men and 124 (49.8%) women. The average age of the sample was 55.4 years.

The results of the research were presented in the book “Cities Sunk the Islands” and several scientific papers and presentations at a number of conferences.

  1. The most important publications:

    1. Podgorelec, S. and Klempić Bogadi S. (2013). “Cities Sunk the Islands” – changes in small island communities. Zagreb: Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies
  1. Podgorelec, S., Gregurović, M. and Klempić Bogadi, S. (2015). “Satisfaction with the Quality of Life on Croatian Small Islands: Zlarin, Kaprije and Žirje”, Island Studies Journal, 2015, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 91–110
  2. Klempić Bogadi, S. and Podgorelec, S. (2011). “Sociogeographical Changes in Small Island Communities – The Example of the Island of Zlarin”, Geoadria, 2011, year 16, no. 2, pp. 189-209

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