Updated: Nov 18, 2021
This blog was written for the RSA Blog Student Summer Series that will highlight graduate student success in regional studies across the globe throughout the summer. Iceland’s remote communities are experiencing the combined impact of declining fisheries, de-population and socio-economic instability. Having spent twenty years working on industrial heritage conservation in a professional capacity I jumped at the opportunity to see if empirical findings from ‘real world’ projects could be mirrored in qualitative research. So, thanks to a new Master’s programme on regional development in the Westfjords of Iceland, I set out to establish whether the repurposing of industrial heritage can drive regeneration in remote coastal communities.