About IISC

The International Institute for the Study of Cuba started life in 2006 as an initiative by Professor Patrick Pietroni and Dr Stephen Wilkinson. With the enthusiastic support of the then Vice Chancellor, Brian Roper, the Institute was located in 2007 at London Metropolitan University.

Since April, 2021 it has been located at the University of Buckingham thanks to the support of its Vice Chancellor, Professor James Tooley.


The main purpose if the IISC is to promote research and scholarship on Cuba that is reasoned and evidence based and beyond the ideological divide that prevents an accurate understanding of the island, its people, culture, economy and politics. To this end, the IISC relies on volunteers and supporters who contribute time and money to provide the editorial content and finance the publication of The International Journal of Cuban Studies, a  biannual academic journal, published by Pluto Journals.

In addition, the Institute organises academic seminars and conferences at the University of Buckingham and other universities. It also provides the opportunity for Cuban scholars to disseminate their work, offers travel opportunities for UK students to go to Cuba for the purpose of furthering their studies in whatever field, promotes academic exchanges of all kinds and seeks to help policy makers understand the Cuban reality accurately. In addition, it provides courses on Cuban history, culture and politics to adults and students.


The institute relies on the generosity of its supporters to continue its work. Donations however small are gratefully accepted. You can donate now by clicking here: