Following is an information on affiliated researchers of the Institute of International Affairs and its Research Centres, the Centre for Small State Studies and the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies.

audurAuður H Ingólfsdóttir
is an assistant professor at Bifröst University where she teaches in the PPE Programme (Philosophy – Politics – Economics). Her research interests include the interlinkages between international politics, environmental issues and gender studies. She has published some peer reviewed book chapters in her field and her Ph.D. dissertation focuses on climate change and security in the Arctic, where she uses feminist analysis to explore how norms and values shape the climate policy of Iceland, as one of the eight Arctic states (defense is planned in 2016). Before entereing academia Auður worked as a journalist (1995-97), as a special advisor in the Ministry for the environment (2002-2003) and as an independent consultant on environmental policy (2003-2007). She also spent some time in Sri lanka as a cease fire monitor (2006) and worked for one year as a gender advisor for UNIFEM (now UN Women) in the Balkans. Auður was one of the participants in an academic visit to Washington DC and Alaska, organized by the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies and funded by the U.S. State Department.


Baldur Thorhallsson is Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair in European Studies at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland. In 2001, Baldur established the Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland in association with colleagues from around the globe. He is the Centre’s Programme and Research Director. Baldur was Chair of the Board of the Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies until 2011. His research focus is primarily on small state studies, European integration and Iceland’s domestic and foreign policy. He has published extensively in international journals, contributed to several academic books and written two books on small states in Europe: Iceland and European integration: On the Edge and The Role of Small States in the European Union. Further information can be found here.

beinta194Beinta í Jákupsstovu
is Associate Professor in Political Science at the Molde University College, Norway, and Adjunct Associate Lecturer at the University of the Faroe Islands (adjungeraður lektari, Fróðskaparsetur Føroya). She took her Dr. Polit.- degree at the University of Bergen in 2003 (thesis:Kunnskap og makt i færøysk helsepolitikk). In most of her research she has been analysing Faroese policy performance. Selected publications: 1.(with Alyson Bailes) “The Faroe Islands and the Arctic : Genesis of a Strategy”. Stjórnmál og Stjórnsýsla 2013, Volum 9.(2) (531-548); 2. (with Joan Ólavsdóttir and J.C.S  Justinussen): “”The New Kid on the Block”. Faroese Foreign Affairs – Between Hierarchy and Network”. In Baldersheim The Rise of the Networking Region. The Challenges of Regional Collaboration in a Globalized World. Ashgate 2011; 3. (co-editors Gestur Hovgaard and H.A. Sølvará): Vestnorden – Nye roller I det internationale samfund.  Fróðskapur 2014. She also contributed to Thór Naboer i Nordatlanten. Fróðskapur 2012. Beinta was a participant in the NOS-HS workshops “The Nordic Baltic Small States: Perceptions on Economy, Security and Identity in an increasingly regionalized Europe”, coordinated by the Institute of International Affairs, 2011-2012 .

Bjarni-Mar194Bjarni Már Magnússon
is an Assistant Professor at Reykjavik University School of Law in Iceland. He holds an M.A. degree in International Relations from the University of Iceland and a Ph.D in International Law from the University of Edinburgh. His teaching and research interest lies in public international law, especially the law of the sea. Dr. Magnusson is the author of the book: The Continental Shelf beyond 200 Nautical Miles ― Delineation, Delimitation and Dispute Settlement (Brill, 2015). He participates in the Fulbright Arctic Initiative Program and was one of the authors of the report on Iceland’s accession negotiations with the European Union, published by the Institute of International Affairs. Furthermore, Bjarni Már was one of the participants in an academic visit to Washington DC and Alaska, organized by the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies and funded by the U.S. State Department. Further information can be found here.

Guðmundur194Gudmundur Halfdanarson
is professor in history and Jón Sigurðsson’s professor at the University of Iceland. In 2005-2010 he co-coordinated with Prof. Ann Katherine Isaacs at the University of Pisa the research network of excellence, (“Creating Links and Innovative Overviews for a New History Research Agenda for the Citizens of a Growing Europe”), which was funded by the 6th Framework Programme of the EU. The network included 45 universities in 31 countries. Guðmundur Hálfdanarson’s research focuses on the history and theories of European nationalism, formation of European nation-states, European identity construction, and attitudes towards cultural heritage. He is the author, co-author and editor of over ten books, and has published numerous articles in Icelandic and international academic journals and anthologies. Further information can be found here.

Jesse194Jesse Hastings
is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore. He has a Masters of Public Policy (2006) and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy (2011) from Duke University in the United States. A relative newcomer to Arctic research, his CAPS-funded research explored how different stakeholder groups within Iceland perceive current and projected Chinese overtures into Iceland and the Arctic region. The research was conducted in cooperation with partners from the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre, the University of Iceland, the University of Lapland, and the University Centre of the Westfjords. He has published in multiple journals including Polar Geography, Marine Policy, and Coastal Management.

photo_johanna_jonsdottir194Jóhanna Jónsdóttir
is working with the Institute of International Affairs on research related to the future of European integration. In addition to her research she works as an advisor on EEA matters at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. From 2010-2016 she was a senior officer at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels where she was responsible for important policy areas including the free movement of persons, employment and social affairs. During her time at EFTA she monitored and analysed the work of the EU in specific fields in order to keep the EEA EFTA States (Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) abreast of important developments within the EU. She also oversaw the process of incorporating EU acts into the EEA Agreement so that they could become applicable in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. Prior to joining EFTA, she completed a PhD in European Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her thesis, later published by Routledge, examined Europeanisation in the European Economic Area (EEA). It won the British Political Studies Association’s Sir Walter Bagehot Prize for best PhD dissertation in government and public administration. Jóhanna has teaching experience from the University of Cambridge and Bifröst University.

Jón Gunnar Ólafsson
is a PhD student in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His doctoral research focuses on media and politics in Iceland and is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Jón Gunnar has a BA in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths (2005), an MA in International Affairs from the University of Iceland (2008) and a Posgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods from the University of Iceland (2012). Jón Gunnar previously worked as a journalist in Iceland and has worked as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland. Alongside his studies Jón Gunnar works as a Part-Time Lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science, conducts research at the Institute of International Affairs and teaches in the Small States Summer School.

Kristinn_Schram194Kristinn Schram is lecturer/assistant professor in Folkloristics/Ethnology at the University of Iceland. He received his Ph.D. in Ethnology from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 after which he conducted postdoctoral research at the Reykjavík Academy, the Icelandic Centre for Ethnology & Folklore and the University of Iceland. He was director of the the Icelandic Centre for Ethnology & Folklore (2008-2011) and the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies (2012-2015). His research with Katla Kjartansdóttir focuses on mobile people and contested constructions of the North in relation to national, cultural and gendered identities and transnational interaction. Kristinn also conducts and coordinates research, publications, events and networks on Arctic discourses, their practice and relationship in policy-making, society and culture in the North. Further information can be found here.

Lara194Lara Johannsdottir
is an Assistant Professor in Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) at the School of Business, University of Iceland. She is a board member of the Institute for Business Research at the School of Business. Lara is also a board member of an occupational pension fund, Lífeyrissjóður Starfsmanna Búnaðarbanka Íslands, and did for 14 years work as an executive and in specialist positions within the Icelandic insurance sector. Lara’s research focus is primarily on the finance sector, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and climate change. Lara has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in international journals, and written chapters in edited academic books. In 2015 the Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Arctic Policy studies published an article Lara wrote together with David Cook – titled An Insurance Perspective on Arctic Opportunities and Risks: Hydro Carbon Exploration & Shipping. More information about Lara can be found here.

MariaAckren194Maria Ackrén
is Associate Professor in Political Science and Head of Department of Social Sciences at the University of Greenland (Ilisimatusarfik). She got her PhD in Political Science from Åbo Akademi University in Finland 2009 and serves as Adjunct Professor in Political Science at the same institution since 2015. She is a member of the academic board for the Nordic Master Programme in West-Nordic studies, which is a cooperation between the Universities of Greenland, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Akureyri and Nordland in Norway. Her research interests include different categories of federalism, asymmetrical federalism, territorial autonomies of the world, island studies and Arctic relations, with a focus on Greenland. She has published books, articles and book chapters within these subjects.

Marc Lanteigne is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UiT: The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø). He received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 2002 at McGill University, Montréal, and has lectured and researched in Canada, China, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He is also an occasional lecturer at Peking University, and has researched in Alaska, Argentina, Australia, Greenland, Japan and South Korea on various areas of Polar Regional politics. His primary research focuses on Chinese and East Asian politics and foreign relations, and he has written extensively on these subjects, including the booksChina and International Institutions: Alternate Paths to Global Powerand Chinese Foreign Policy: An Introduction. His current projects include Sino-European institutional relations, the role of China in the Arctic region, and Beijing’s bilateral and multilateral relations with Arctic actors. He is also the editor of the Arctic news blogOver the Circle. Further information about his work can be found here.


MariaMaria Strömvik
is Deputy Director of Lund University’s Centre for European Studies and Assistant Professor in Political Science. She is also currently the Inquiry Chair for the Swedish Government’s Public inquiry on Swedish society’s participation in EU affairs. Maria has previously worked in an expert capacity for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, with issues related to the European Union’s security and defence policy. She has also been a research associate at the Swedish National Defence College. Maria teaches and publishes mainly on EU affairs, often with a special focus on the Union’s foreign policy. Since 2010, Maria has also been a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Iceland, particularly on topics related to small states’ influence in the EU decision making process, as well as their participation in (and impact on) the EU’s peace support operations.

Maximilian Conrad
is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland. His research interests lie at the intersection between political theory and European integration, particularly in relation to questions about the nature of the European Union as a polity and the prospects for transnational deliberative and participatory democracy. Before joining the University of Iceland, Conrad completed a Ph.D. in Political Science at Lund University in Sweden (2009). He has also been Visiting Researcher at ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo (2005-2016) and is currently Visiting Researcher at the University of Augsburg in Germany (2016-2017). At the University of Iceland, Conrad teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in European integration, qualitative methods, political theory and international relations.


Olafur Hardarson is Chair of the Board of the Institute of International Affairs, Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland. Over the past decades he has held a number of senior management positions including Dean of the School of Social Sciences 2008-13, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences 2001-8 and a member of the ECPR Executive Committee since 2012. Ólafur obtained his BA from the University of Iceland (1977), and his M.Sc. (1979) and Ph.D. (1994) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Essex (1984), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1989-91), London School of Economics and Political Science (1993), University of Gothenburg (1997), and Boston University (2001). He has been a frequent commentator on television, radio, and in newspapers on current affairs, politics, and political science for the last 30 years. Ólafur‘s research has mainly been on Icelandic and comparative politics and on that subject he has participated in international projects, written books, book chapters and articles.

Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen_5372_low194x224Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen
 is Professor of Northern Studies and Barents Chair in Politics at the University of Tromsø-The Arctic University of Norway, Senior Researcher at Aalborg University, Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at Institute for Security & Development Policy (Stockholm). Rasmus is a Danish political scientist, who lived in Iceland as a child. Therefore he is professionally and personally deeply committed to the history, present and future of the North Atlantic and especially Denmark’s relations with Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. He has studied at the University of Copenhagen, University of Iceland, University of Geneva, University of Lausanne and University of Amsterdam. He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge with a research year at Sciences Po Paris. He was a postdoc at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science postdoc at Tokyo Institute of Technology and United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies (Yokohama), a postdoc at Aalborg University and an assistant professor at Aalborg University.

Silla194Sigurbjörg Sigurgeirsdóttir
is Associate Professor of public policy and governance at the University of Iceland. She completed her degree in Social Work in Oslo 1979, diploma in Health Economics at the University of Iceland, Institute of Continuing Education in 1997, MSc in Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1999 and PhD in Social Policy in 2005, also from LSE. Sigurbjörg has carried out some major research and policy-making projects and delivered reports for the World Bank (2004), European Commission (2009-2015), OECD (2011) and European Observatory of Health Systems and Policies (2014), and participated in policy projects for Department for Education and Skills in Britain (2006-2007). She has also carried out policy-making projects fro Icelandic authorities, such as writing of reports in preparation of legislative proposals for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, The Ministry of Health, the Prime Minister´s Office and the Ministry of Finance.

SiljaBarany194Silja Bara Omarsdottir
 is adjunct lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland and serves on the board of the Institute of International Affairs and the board of advisors of Höfði – Reykjavik Peace Centre. She has published on Icelandic foreign and security policy and feminism in international relations, sexual and reproductive rights. She completed a BA, with honors, in international affairs from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, an MA in international relations from the University of Southern California, and post-graduate certificates in methodology and university teaching from the University of Iceland.  She is currently completing her PhD at University College Cork in Ireland. Ms. Omarsdottir is a women’s rights activist and has served on the boards of the Icelandic Feminist Association, The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, the UNIFEM National Committee in Iceland, and the Icelandic Gender Equality Council. In the summer of 2011 she served on Iceland’s Constitutional Council and chaired the committee addressing human rights and natural resources.

Sumarlidi-2-194x215Sumarlidi R. Isleifsson
is a historian and guest researcher at the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies where he conducts research on images of the north in the 20th Century, takes part in course development and other academic activities. Sumarliði has conducted research, writing and teaching since 1990 and led the research project Iceland and images of the North. Among his ongoing projects are: The History of Icelandic Foreign Trade, and the History of the State-run  Alcohol and Tobacco Company. He also participates in the Network for Cultural Heritage, Memory, Digital Humanities and Visualization in the North Atlantic as well as the Nordic network Denmark and the New North North Atlantic. 

Valur194Valur Ingimundarson
is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Iceland. He is also a board member of the International Institute and the Chair of the Board of the EDDA Research Center in Critical Contemporary Research.  He has written scholarly works on international history, geopolitics and governance during and after the Cold War; Icelandic foreign, security and Arctic policies; U.S.-Icelandic relations;  Arctic geopolitics and governance;  U.S.-German relations; U.S.-European relations, and transnational politics of memory in Europe; history and gender politics; and post-conflict and peacekeeping politics in the former Yugoslavia. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Centre for International Studies (CIS), London School of Economics, at the Paris-based École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), and an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London.  He received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in New York.  Further information can be found here.