Academic staff 2015

Academic Experts and Researchers

Dr. Rochelle Burgess
Lecturer in Health and Social Care at London Metropolitan University.
Teaches in the module “Rights Based Approach to Bodily Integrity”.

She has particular interests in the importance of local social action to tackle the broader social inequalities that shape health outcomes for vulnerable communities. She is also interested in the role of psychology in understanding and tackling global social inequality. Her current research areas include women's mental health and community approaches to Global Mental Health.

Dr. Cynthia Enloe 
Research Professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University.
Teaches in the module “Gender and Security”.

Professor Enloe’s feminist teaching and research have focused on the interplay of gendered politics in the national and international arenas and she has written extensively on interactions of feminism, women, militarized culture, war, politics, and globalized economics in countries such as Japan, Iraq, the U.S., Britain, the Philippines, Canada, Chile, and Turkey. Racial, class, ethnic and national identities, as well as pressures shaping ideas about femininities and masculinities, are common threads throughout her studies.

Dr. Elisabeth Klatzer
Feminist Economist, researcher, activist and consultant.
Teaches gender based budgeting in the module “Project Management”.

Dr. Klatzer specializes in gender and public finance, globalization, and feminist economics. She has experience in public administration as well as in teaching and research at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Currently she is a scientific consultant in gender budgeting projects in many countries, e.g. Ukraine, Turkey and Serbia.

Dr. Henri Myrttinen
Head of Gender Team at International Alert.
Teaches the module “Gender and Security”.

Dr. Myrttinen has been working and publishing on issues of gender, peace and security with a special focus on masculinities and violence for the past decade. He holds a PhD in Conflict Resolution and
Peace Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where he conducted research on masculinities and urban violence in Timor-Leste.

Dr. Joni Seager 
Professor and Chair of the Global Studies Department at Bentley University.
Teaches in the module “Gender and Climate Change”.

Dr. Seager is a feminist geographer and has achieved international acclaim for her work in feminist environmental policy analysis, the environmental costs of militaries and militarism, and gender and climate change. She has been an active consultant with the United Nations on several gender and environmental policy projects, including consulting with the United Nations Environmental Programme on integrating gender perspectives into their work on disasters and early warning systems, and with UNESCO and the Division on Economic and Social Affairs on gender in water policy.

Dr. Annadís Gréta Rúdólfsdóttir
Assistant Professor in Research Methodology in the School of Education at the University of Iceland.
Teaches in the module “Academic Working Methods and Skills”.

Dr. Rúdólfsdóttir was Studies Director of the GEST Programme 2009-2014. She has done extensive research on gender, in particular the ways in which gender relations are played out in structural and institutional domains such as the family, media and health care system.

Dr. Sóley Bender
Professor and Director of Research and Development in Sexual and Reproductive Health at the University of Iceland
Teaches in the module “Rights Based Approach to Bodily Integrity”.

Professor Bender’s main research focus includes teenage pregnancy, teenage motherhood, sexuality education, sexual and reproductive health services, contraception use, sexual behaviour of adolescents and sexuality during pregnancy and after childbirth.

Dr. Marta Einarsdóttir
Researcher at the Research Centre of the University of Akureyri.
Teaches in the module “Introduction: Theories and Concepts”.

Dr. Einarsdóttir has a background in development and gender studies and worked for the Icelandic International Development Agency in Mozambique, where she also conducted research on women’s adult education.

Dr. Berglind Guðmundsdóttir
Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Iceland.
Teaches in the module “Rights Based Approach to Bodily Integrity”.

In her research Dr. Guðmundsdóttir focuses on the psychological effects of trauma and she has been involved in prevention projects aiming to reduce intimate partner violence among adolescents and young people.

Dr. Auður H. Ingólfsdóttir
Assistant Professor at Bifröst University.
Teaches in the module “Gender and Climate Change”.

Ingólfsdóttir’s area of expertise is environment and sustainable development, gender, security studies, conflict resolution and peace building and she has worked for the Iceland Crisis Response Unit in Sri Lanka and Macedonia. She is in the final phases of her doctoral studies where she focuses on the security dimension of climate change in the Arctic, approaching the topic from a feminist perspective and applying concepts from gender studies as analytical tools.

Dr. Jón Geir Pétursson
Director General of the Department of Land and Natural Heritage at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in Iceland and Assistant Professor of Environmental and Natural Resources at the University of Iceland.
Teaches in the module “Gender and Climate Change”.

Professor Pétursson works on behalf of Icelandic authorities on matters of natural resources both domestically and internationally and has conducted research on transboundary protected area management in Eastern Africa.

Specialists and trainers

Susan Muska
Documentary Filmmaker.
Teaches in the module “Academic Working Methods and Skills”.

Muska has been making documentary films about queer and women's issues for more than fifteen years. These include “The Brandon Teena Story” (1998), “Through the Lens: Sigrid ZoÎga & August Sander” (2000), “Women the Forgotten Face of War” (2002), and “Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement” (2009). She is attracted to stories of individuals thriving (or not) in the face of discrimination and the fleshing out of these histories to bring issues alive.

Erla Hlín Hjálmarsdóttir
Project manager and Head of Research at UNU-GEST.
Coordinator of the module "Practical Tools for Gender Sensitive Projects". Teaches project managment, monitoring and evaluation, leadership skills and academic working methods. Coordinates supervision of fellow´s applied projects.

Marta Birna Baldursdóttir
Project Manager at EDDA – Center of Excellence and academic coordinator at UNU-GEST.
Coordinator of the module “Gender and Security”.

Baldursdottir has a background in public administration and policy making, specializing in human rights and gender policy.

Hugrún R. Hjaltadóttir
Adviser at the Centre for Gender Equality.
Teaches in the module “Introduction: Theories and Concepts”.

Hjaltadóttir has worked on implementation of gender mainstreaming in Iceland and conducts training on the principles of gender mainstreaming.

Kristjana Þ. Sigurbjörnsdóttir
Global Health and Development Specialist and project manager at UNU-GEST.
Coordinator for the module “Rights Based Approach to Bodily Integrity”.

Sigurbjörnsdóttir’s areas of expertise are sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender analysis, gender mainstreaming in SRH programmes, and human rights-based approach to development. She has worked in both the private sector and the UN system, including UNDP Sri Lanka and WHO headquarters and European Regional Office.

Berglind Eyjólfsdóttir
Detective Inspector, Metropolitan Police of Reykjavik.
Teaches in the module “Gender and Security”.

Eyjólfsdóttir has been very active in networks of policewomen and currently chairs the Nordic-Baltic Network of Policewomen. She specializes in violence prevention, including gender based violence and human trafficking and was a member of the government’s specialist and coordination team on human trafficking while it operated.

Margrét Steinarsdóttir
Director of the Icelandic Human Rights Centre.
Teaches in UNU-GEST’s modules “Gender and Security” and “Rights Based Approach to Bodily Integrity”.

Steinarsdóttir is a trained lawyer and specializes in legal advice to immigrants in Iceland. Through her work she has come in contact with many victims of human trafficking and is involved in preventative measures as well as providing services to victims of human trafficking and gender based violence.

Thor Clausen
Associate Partner at Capacent Consulting Company.
Facilitates the course "Negotiating to Yes" in the module "Gender and Security".

Mr. Clausen´s expertise are in the areas of strategic planning, management and finance. He has also worked on projects for the Icelandic International Development Agency in Uganda where the focus was on training in entrepreneurship and business planning.

Thomas Brorsen Smidt
Ph.D. Student in Gender Studies at the University of Iceland.
Teaches in the module “Introduction: Theories and Concepts”.

Þórunn Sveinbjarnardóttir
President, Association of Academics.
Teaches in UNU-GEST’s module “Gender and Climate Change”.

Sveinbjarnardóttir was a Member of Parliament for more than a decade and Minister for the Environment 2007-2009. In the past she has worked on humanitarian issues for the Red Cross and the Red Crescent, both internationally and in Iceland.