Academic staff 2017

Academic Staff, Experts and Researchers in 2017


Annadís Gréta Rúdólfsdóttir

Annadís is an Assistant Professor in Research Methodology in the School of Education, University of Iceland. She teaches in the module Academic Working Methods and Skills. Dr. Rúdólfsdóttir was the Studies Director at the UNU-GEST from 2009 to 2014. She has done extensive research on gender, especially the ways in which gender relations are played out in structural and institutional domains, such as family, media and health care systems.


Elisabeth Klatzer

Dr. Klatzer has extensive experience in research and civil society activism and as a writer, lecturer and consultant in the fields of Gender Responsive Budgeting, Public Finance Management and Feminist Economics. Elisabeth hold a Ph. D. In Economics from Vienna University of Economics and Business and an MPA from Harvard University. She teaches the short course on Gender Responsive Budgeting at the UNU-GEST. She has worked as a consultant in various countries, including Ukraine, Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Palestine and Tajikistan.


Ellen Morris

Dr. Morris is an Adjunct Professor at the School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in Columbia University. She is also the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, a consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She is also a Founding Partner of a new social enterprise Embark Energy that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Dr. Morris taught classes on Gender and Energy as a part of Gender, Climate Change and Resilience module at UNU-GEST in 2017.


Erla Hlín Hjálmarsdóttir

Project manager and Head of Research at UNU-GEST. She was an adjunct lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science at the UNI 2010-2015. Erla holds an MPA, a post-graduate diploma in international relations and is a PhD candidate at the University of Iceland. Erla teaches Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Leadership Skills, Academic Reasearch Methods and coordinates supervision of fellows’ final applied projects.


Joni Seager

Dr. Seager is a Professor and Chair of the Global Studies Department/ Bentley University. She teaches Gender, Climate Change and Resilience at UNU-GEST Programme. Dr. Seager is a feminist geographer and has achieved international acclaim for her work in feminist environmental policy analysis, the environmental costs of militarism and gender and climate changes well as her many books, including the four editions of the award-winning Atlas of Women in the World. She has been an active consultant with the United Nations on several gender and environmental policy projects, including consulting the United Nations Environmental Programme on integration of gender perspectives into their work on disasters and early warning systems and with UNESCO’s Division of Economic and Social Affairs on gender in water policy.


Irma Erlingsdóttir

Dr. Erlingsdóttir is the Director of UNU-GEST and the Head of the Center for Gender Research (RIKK) as well as an Associate Professor of French Contemporary Literature at the University of Iceland. She has led several large-scale academic projects in the fields of gender studies, globalization, contemporary politics and critical theory. Irma holds a Ph.D. from Sorbonne University and, as a specialist in contemporary French literature, gender, and philosophy, she has published articles and book chapters in these fields. Besides being the Director of the Programme, Dr. Erlingsdóttir teaches in Gender, Climate Change and Resilience module and supervises some of the fellows’ final assignments.


Kirk Hoppe

Dr. Hoppe is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois. Kirk teaches and conducts research in the fields of Modern African History and Modern World History. He is particularly interested in environmental history, gender history, colonialism, and world systems. His first book, Lords of the Fly (Praeger, 2003), examines the history of British sleeping sickness control in colonial Tanzania and Uganda as social and environmental engineering. Dr. Hoppe was involved in the supervision of the final assignments at UNU-GEST in 2017.


Kristjana Sigurbjörnsdóttir

Ms. Sigurbjörnsdóttir is a Project Manager at UNU-GEST and the leader of the module Gender, Health and Bodily Integrity, in which she also teaches. Her focus is on gender analysis, gender mainstreaming and global public health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as human rights- based approach to development. Kristjana studied Population and Development Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has worked in both the private sector and within the UN system.


Marianna Fotaki

Ms. Fotaki is a Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Warwick. She holds degrees in Medicine, Health Economics as well as a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining academia in 2003, Marianna worked as a medical doctor in Greece, China and the UK, as a volunteer and manager for humanitarian organizations Médecins du Monde and Médecins sans Frontiers in Iraq and Albania, and as an EU senior advisor to governments in transition (in Russia, Georgia and Armenia). Prof. Fotaki lectured in UNU-GEST modules on Gender and Human Security and gave lectures on the social impact of refugee situations in 2017.


Milica Minić

Ms. Minić is a specialist and a researcher in Gender and Development and a Project Manager at UNU-GEST. She holds a master‘s degree in Critical Gender Studies from the University of Utrecht and the Central European University in Budapest. She teaches in UNU-GEST modules Theories and Concepts of Gender and Gender, Peace and Security.


Natasha Choudary

Natasha is a doctoral researcher at the Working Lives Research Institute & Centre for Primary Health and Social Care at London Metropolitan University. She researches and teaches health promotion interventions in high and low-income settings, transformative approaches to addressing gender inequities in health and participatory research tools and methods. Ms. Choudary taught in the UNU-GEST module Gender, Health, Violence and Bodily Integrity in 2017.


Pétur Waldorff

Dr. Waldorff is a Senior Researcher at UNU-GEST, the Research Center at the University of Iceland (EDDA) and at the Nordic Africa Institute at Uppsala University in Sweden. He is also an anthropologist and a development consultant. Pétur holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the McGill University in Canada. He teaches Gendered Value Chain Analysis in the module Gender, Climate Change and Resilience at UNU-GEST.


Randi W. Stebbins

Randi is an attorney focusing on humanitarian immigration cases for victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes. Ms. Stebbins teaches on responses to domestic violence in the module Gender, Health, Violence and Bodily Integrity and in the module on professional development.


Rochelle Burgess

Ms. Burgess is a visiting lecturer from the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. She is also a fellow, Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and a lecturer in Health and Social Care at London Metropolitan University. Ms. Burgess teaches Rights Based Approach to Bodily Integrity as part of the Health, Violence and Bodily Integrity module at UNU-GEST. Her research interests lay in the role of local social action in tackling broader social inequalities that shape health outcomes for vulnerable communities, women's mental health and community approaches to global mental health.


Susan Muska

Ms. Muska is a documentary film-maker and a producer specializing in gender, social issues and public health documentaries. Susan has been making documentaries on queer and women's issues for more than fifteen years, for many of them she has won international awards. Susan also holds a degree in Political Science from Duke University and a M.A. in French Studies and Anthropology from New York University. Ms. Muska provides UNU-GEST fellows with media training and teaches them presentation skills.


Tamara Shefer

Tamara is a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and teh Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. She has foregrounded youth, gender and sexualities in her scholarship, including a focus on HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, masculinities, memory and post-apartheid, gender and care, and social justice in higher education. Dr. Shefer has been teaching in modules on Health, Violence and Bodily Integrity and Gender, Peace and Security at UNU-GEST.


Thomas Brorsen Smidt

Thomas is a Ph.D. Student in Gender Studies at the University of Iceland. He teaches in the module Theories, Concepts and Systems of Gender.


Tracey Jean Boisseau

Professor TJ Boisseau is the Director of Women’s Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and an Associate Professor of Women‘s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Purdue University.  T.J. is the author of several books including White Queen: May French Sheldon and the Imperial Origins of American Feminist Identity (IU Press, 2004). Professor Boisseau was a visiting Fullbright scholar at UNU-GEST in spring semester 2017. Where she taught and coordinated the Theories, Concepts and Systems of Gender module.


Þorvarður Árnason

Dr. Árnason is the Director of the Icelandic Landscape Project at the Hornafjordur Regional Research Centre in the South of Iceland. He teaches and guides the fellows during their trip to the South of Iceland that is a part of Environment, Climate Change and Resilience module.


Sue Gollifer

Susan Elizabeth Gollifer is an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Education at the University of Iceland. She teaches in the module on Gender and Education.


Auður H. Ingólfsdóttir

Dr. Ingólfsdóttir is an Assistant Professor at Bifröst University in Iceland. Her areas of expertise are environment and sustainable development, gender, security studies, conflict resolution and peace-building. Auður has worked for the Iceland Crisis Response Unit in Sri Lanka and Macedonia. In her doctoral research, she focused on the security dimensions of climate change in the Arctic, approaching the topic from a feminist perspective and applying concepts of gender as analytical tools. Dr. Ingólfsdóttir teaches Gender and Climate Change in the Environment, Climate Change and Resilience module at UNU-GEST.


Brynja Elísabeth Halldórsdóttir

Dr. Brynja Halldórsdóttir is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies at the School of Education, University of Iceland. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. Brynja teaches in the Gender and Education module.


Cynthia Enloe

Cynthia is a Research Professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University in the U.S. 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. She teaches in the module Gender, Peace and Security.


Anne Flaspöler

Dr. Flaspöler is an affiliated researcher at UNU-GEST and the EDDA Center at the University of Iceland. She holds a Ph.D. in Politics and International Studies from the University of Leeds, UK. Her research interests include peacekeeping training and its socialisation properties, liberal peacebuilding, as well as African peace and security efforts. She has conducted fieldwork in Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Rwanda. Anne teaches in Gender, Peace and Security module.


Ortrun Merkle

Ortrun is a Ph.D. fellow at the United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT). Her Ph.D. thesis focuses on the role of corruption in state-building and specifically the role of civil society and the impact of corruption on the political participation of women. Previously, Ortrun has worked for the Corporate Compliance Department of Daimler and at Transparency International USA, she has extensive training in mediation and is a certified intercultural trainer. Ms. Merkle teaches in the module on Gender, Peace and Security at UNU-GEST.


Berglind Guðmundsdóttir

Berglind is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Iceland and the head of clinical psychological services at the National University Hospital of Iceland. Prof. Guðmundsdóttir lectures on post-traumatic stress disorder and services for sexual trauma survivors in Iceland in the module Gender, Health, Violence and Bodily Integrity.


Kirstín Flygenring

Ms. Flygenring holds a cand. oecon. degree in Business Administration from the University of Iceland, an M.A. in Economics from the Northwestern University in Illinois and a Diploma in European Competition Law from the King’s College London. Kirstín has worked as an economist at the National Economic Institute and in the Department of Economics at the Central Bank of Iceland. She has also been a part-time lecturer and adjunct at the university of Iceland and a lecturer and researcher at the Stockholm School of Economics. Kirstín held several positions on boards and committees, and currently serves as a board member of Arion Bank in Iceland. She teaches development economics in the module Dynamics of Gender and the Economy.