The IGU Commission on Islands has consistently networked and collaborated with other island studies organizations, most prominently the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA) and Island Dynamics. It has furthermore collaborated with other IGU Commissions, most notably C12.21 Indigenous Knowledges and Peoples’ Rights. The Commission plans to initiate dialogue with other Commissions to look into potential collaborations such as co-organizing conferences (e.g. staggering days at same venue, with overlapping research interests convening together at the end of one conference and beginning of the other; or, convening together throughout, but with some keynotes and sessions in plenum). These might include Commissions such as C16.14 Geography of Tourism, Leisure, and Global Change, C16.39 Agricultural Geography and Land Engineering, or C16.29. Marginalization, Globalization, and Regional and Local Responses.

The experiences of the most recent Commission conference on the island of Pongso no Tao have given the Commission reason to look further into potentials to network with island organizations in order to organize conferences with higher degree of community/societal engagement.