Staff

Acting Director of the Institute of International Affairs

Starfandi forstöðumaðurDr. Jón Gunnar Ólafsson is the Acting Director of the Institute of International Affairs and its three centres, the Centre for Arctic Studies, the Centre for Small State Studies and HÖFÐI Reykjavík Peace Centre. Jón Gunnar completed his PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College (University of London) in 2019. His research focuses on how the media covers politics and how social media platforms have impacted politics itself and how it is covered by the media. Recently, Jón Gunnar has also been researching disinformation campaigns and digital media literacy. He has been awarded numerous grants and his doctoral research was fully funded by the Economic and Social Research Council in the United Kingdom. Jón Gunnar holds a BA in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths (2005), an MA in International Affairs from the University of Iceland (2008) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods from the University of Iceland (2012). He previously worked as a journalist in Iceland and has worked as an Associate Lecturer at the University of London and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Iceland.

Email: ams@hi.is and jgo@hi.is / Telephone: (+354) 525-5262

Director of the Institute of International Affairs (on sabbatical)

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Pia Hansson is the Director of the Institute of International Affairs and its three centres, the Centre for Small States Studies, the Centre for Arctic Studies and Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre. Pia holds a B.A. degree in Communication from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. degree in International Relations from the University of Iceland. She also pursued an M.F.A. programme in Television Production at the City University of New York. For years Pia worked as a Broadcasting producer and director, both in Iceland and abroad, until she became the media specialist at the Embassy of the United States in Iceland from 2002-2006. In the winter of 2007-8 Pia served as the Head Spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), a Nordic ceasefire monitoring mission in Sri Lanka, on behalf of the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Email: ams@hi.is and pia@hi.is / Telephone: (+354) 525-5262


Project Manager at the Center for Arctic Policy Studies

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Margrét Cela is a Project Manager at the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies. She holds a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Iceland and an M.A. degree in International Relations from the same university. Currently she is working on a PhD thesis at the University of Lapland. She was the project manager of a new master programme in West Nordic Studies now taught in five universities (www.westnordicstudies.net). She has also been a part time teacher at the University of Iceland, teaching on security matters and the Arctic. She is the project manager of a NATO funded project  housed within the Centre for Small State Studies looking at the defence and foreign policy choices and challenges of small states in NATO and its partner small states in Eastern Europe, MENA, and Oceania.  Her main research interests include, foreign policy and policy making, security of small states and security in the High North.

Email: caps@hi.is and mcela@hi.is / Telephone: (+354) 525-5856

Project Manager at the Centre for Small State Studies

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Tómas Joensen is a Project Manager at the Centre for Small State Studies. He has a B.A. degree in Icelandic literature and language from the University of Iceland and an M.A. degree in European Studies from the University of Iceland. Tómas has worked as a researcher at the University of Iceland since 2012. For the past years Tomas has been involved in different projects concerning editing and publication. His projects include participation in a report on Iceland’s accession negotiations with the European Union. The report was commissioned by the Icelandic Confederation of Labor, the Confederation of Icelandic Employers, the Icelandic Federation of Trade, and the Iceland Chamber of Commerce. He is also co-editor of a forthcoming textbook on the European Union.

Email: ams@hi.is and toj@hi.is / Telephone: (+354) 525-5841

Project Manager at Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre

Audur

Auður Örlygsdóttir is a Project Manager at Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre. She holds a B.A. degree in French, a diploma in Developmental Studies and an M.A. in International Affairs from the University of Iceland, with a semester at the University of Copenhagen. For the past few years she has worked in varied fields, i.e. as a guide for French speaking tourists in Iceland and as a French teacher. Auður was a temporary policy officer at the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs and a webmaster at the EU Info Centre in Iceland.

Email: ams@hi.is and audurorl@hi.is / Telephone: (+354) 525-5262

Project Manager at the Institute of International Affairs

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Auður Birna Stefánsdóttir is a Project Manager at the Institute of International Affairs. She holds a B.A. degree in Anthropology and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Iceland. Auður has worked as a project manager at the Icelandic Human Rights Center. For the past few years she has worked as a consultant at the Swedish and Norwegian Social Insurance Agency and the Public Employment Service. Auður coordinates a research project on refugees integration opportunities and challenges in Iceland.

Email: audurstefans@hi.is / Telephone: (+354) 525-5262

Many are involved with research, teaching and service projects on behalf of the Institute of International Affairs, Centre for Small States Studies, and the Centre for Arctic Studies. The number of temporary employees depends on the scope of projects at each given time.