In addition to permanent academic staff, UNU-GEST enjoys the contribution of visiting scholars and lecturers, experts in their respective fields and many of whom are faculty staff at universities in Iceland and abroad. Their participation ranges from a single teaching session to a couple of days to a full semester.


Academic Staff, Experts and Lecturers in 2019:


Module: Theories and Concepts of Gender
Coordinator: Dr. Jón Ingvar Kjaran
Teachers: Dr. Giti Chandra, Dr. Thomas Brorsen Smidt, Dr. Jelisaveta Blagojević, Dr. Zilka Spahić, Dr. Henri Myrttinen.


Module: Gender, Violence and Security
Coordinator: Dr. Giti Chandra
Teachers: Dr. Cynthia Enloe, Dr. Giti Chandra, Dr. Marsha Henry, Dr. Vinita Chandra, Flora Tietgen.


Module: Gender, Health and Education
Coordinator: Dr. Jón Ingvar Kjaran
Teachers: Dr. Sisa Ngabaza, Sólrún María Ólafsdottir, Kristín I. Pálsdóttir, Dr. Brynja E. Halldórsdóttir, Katrín Ólafsdóttir.


Module: Gender, Labor and Migration
Coordinator: Dr. Jón Ingvar Kjaran
Teachers: Dr. Mukul Mangalik, Randi Stebbins JD, Dr. Jón Ingvar Kjaran, Claudie A. Wilson, Eva Harðardóttir.


Module: Gender, Environment and Climate Change
Coordinator: Dr. Irma Erlingsdóttir
Teachers: Dr. Joni K. Seager, Dr. Jón Geir Pétursson, Dr. Auður H. Ingólfsdóttir, Dr. Þorvarður Árnason.


Module: Gender and Development: Tools and Strategies
Coordinator: Milica Minić
Teachers: Dr. Suzanne Clisby, Dr. Elizabeth Klatzer, Tryggvi Hallgrímsson, Hjálmar Sigmarsson, Þórður Kristinsson, Sólrún María Ólafsdottir.


Module: Final Assignment
Coordinator: Dr. Giti Chandra
Teachers: Dr. Giti Chandra, Randi Stebbins, J.D.



Þorvarður Árnason

Director, University of Iceland Research Centre in Hornafjörður

Dr. Árnason is a specialist in environmental issues. His primary research interests are Natural landscapes, environmental aesthetics, management of protected areas, sustainable rural development, perception of climate change, tourism innovation.


Jelisaveta Blagojević

Dr. Blagojević teaches at the Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University. She has taught as a visiting lecturer at universities across Southeast Europe. Her research interests include contemporary (political) philosophy, media studies, queer studies, and gender studies. She was born and currently lives in Belgrade.


Giti Chandra

Project Manager, Edda Centre of Excellence and Associated Scholar at UNU-GEST.

Dr. Giti Chandra is an Affiliated Scholar and project manager at UNU-GEST. She has been teaching at the Faculty of English Literature, and the General Literatures Department, University of Iceland and was Associate Professor at the Department of English, St Stephen’s College, Delhi. She has taught in and been a fellow at Rutgers University, New Jersey.

Dr. Chandra coordinates the UNU-GEST programme’s final assignment and teaches in the modules on theories and concepts of gender and gender, violence and security.


Vinita Chandra

Professor, Ramjas College, University of Delhi


Suzanne Clisby

Senior lecturer in social sciences and the Director of Postgraduate Gender Studies at the University of Hull, and a senior research fellow at Goldsmiths.

Dr. Suzanne Clisby coordinates the MA Women’s and Gender Studies (GEMMA) programme at the University of Hull in partnership with seven European universities, is an editor of the Journal of Gender Studies, coordinates the University's Centre for Gender Studies, has strong links to women’s services in Hull and is a trustee of the Hull Women’s Centre and a member of Hull Rape Crisis.


Cynthia Enloe

Research Professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University

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.


Irma Erlingsdóttir

Director of UNU-GEST and Associate Professor of French Contemporary Literature at the University of Iceland.

Dr. Erlingsdóttir coordinates the module on gender, environment and climate change and organises the field work to South of Iceland. During the term, in addition to being a director she supervises some fellows’ final assignments. 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.


Kirstín Flygenring

Independant Consultant

Kirstín holds an MA in economics from Northwestern University in Illinois, a cand. oecon. degree in business administration from University of Iceland and a diploma in European competition law from Kings College London in 2004. Kirstín has worked as an economist at the National Economic Institute and in the Department of Economics at the Central Bank of Iceland, and has also been a parttime lecturer and adjunct at UNI. Kirstín has also held several positions on boards and committees, and currently serves as a board member of Arion Bank


Brynja Elísabeth Halldórsdóttir

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education and Diversity, University of Iceland

Dr. Halldórsdóttir completed her master's and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Minnesota, in  Educational Policy and Administration, Comparative International Development Education. She is the chair of the Department of International Studies in Education.Her research areas include critical theory, critical ethnography, immigrant positionality and multicultural education in diverse societies. She is currently working on a three year project on immigrant women's experiences of violence. As well as doing research on immigrant experiences in the higher education system and exploring how Icelandic society and educational institutions are changing as the culture diversifies.


Tryggvi Hallgrímsson

Specialist, Centre For Gender Equality (Jafnréttisstofa)


Eva Harðardóttir

Adjunct lecturer and Ph.D. student, School of Education, University of Iceland and upper secondary school teacher, Akureyri Junior College

Eva currently teaches at the Junior College of Akureyri, teaching modules such as cultural literacy and democracy and human rights. She also holds the position of gender and equality advisor at the school. She has worked as an adjunct and part time lecturer at the University of Iceland and the University of Akureyri teaching subjects concerning democracy, citizenship, human rights and education, globalization and education policy and communication within education. She worked as an education specialist for UNICEF Malawi from 2013 – 2016 leading joint UN programmes on girls‘ education, national policy making and education in emergencies.


Marsha Henry

Associate Professor at the Department of Gender Studies and Interim Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr. Henry's research interests focus on gender and development, gender and militarisation, and qualitative methodologies. Over the past 12 years, her research interests have been concentrated on documenting the social experiences of living and working in peacekeeping missions. Her recent research focusses on peacekeepers from the Global South.


Auður H. Ingólfsdóttir

Specialist, Icelandic Tourism Research Centre

Dr. Ingólfsdóttir holds a BA degree in international studies from University of Washington in Seattle, a post graduate diploma in professional journalism from University of Iceland, a Master‘s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (Boston) and a joint PhD degree in international relations and gender studies from University of Lapland and University of Iceland. Her doctoral dissertation focused on climate change and security in the Arctic, where she used a feminist perspective to analyse norms and values shaping climate policy in Iceland.


Jón Ingvar Kjaran

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education and Diversity, University of Iceland

Dr. Kjaran’s research focus is on gender equality, sexuality, sociology of education, and violence in intimate relationships. He is currently working on research on perpetrators’ experiences of violence as well as research on the intersection of sexuality and gender in schools. In 2017, Palgrave Macmillan published his book based on his ethnographic research in Icelandic high schools, Constructing Sexualities and Gendered Bodies in School Spaces - a book that sheds light on how sexuality and gender intersect in producing heteronormativity within the school system in Iceland. Dr. Kjaran coordinates three modules in the UNU-GEST programme in 2019.


Flemming Konradsen

Professor and head of the Global Health Section, University of Copenhagen.

Dr. Konradsen's speciality is within global environmental health focusing on research and training on vector borne diseases, water supply and sanitation, toxicology and health and climate change in low and middle income countries.


Elizabeth Klatzer

Dr. Klatzer is a feminist economist, researcher, activist and consultant. Dr. Klatzer specializes in gender and public finance management 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, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Palestine and Tajikistan. Elisabeth hold a Ph. D. In Economics from Vienna University of Economics and Business and an MPA from Harvard University.


Þórður Kristinsson

Head of Gender Studies at Kvennaskólinn í Reykjavík upper secondary school, Iceland.


Mukul Mangalik

Associate Professor, Department of History, Ramjas College, University of Delhi

Dr. Mangalik specializes in labour movements and the history of Africa, and his research areas include work on the mountain peasants in the Bregenzer Wald, Vorarlberg, Austria, as well as the shepherds of the Indian Himalayas in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India. Mukul has co-directed award winning documentaries and was a Member of the Jury for the 13th International Rural Film Festival, Burgundy, France, in 2017. He has been an expert consultant for setting up workplace committees against sexual harassment at Ambedkar University, is the co-Founder of the Gender Forum in Ramjas College, and has worked on the Committee Against Sexual Harassment in his college for over 15 years.


Milica Minić

Project manager, UNU-GEST

Milica Minić is a Gender and development specialist and researcher. She earned her M.A. degree in critical gender studies at the University of Utrecht and the Central European University in Budapest.


Henri Myrttinen 

Independant Researcher

Dr. Myrttinen is currently a freelance researcher and works for several NGOs on gender and conflict issues in Western Sahara and Indonesia. In addition to lecturing at the Willy Brandt School, he also teaches at Humboldt University in Berlin. He completed his Ph.D. thesis at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa with a thesis on intersectionalities between masculinities and violence in Timor-Leste gangs, militias and martial arts groups.


Sisa Ngabaza

Lecturer, Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of the Western Cape

Dr. Ngabaza's current research interests focus on gender, youth and adolescent sexuality, adolescent pregnancy, parenting and power relations. She has also assisted in teaching the gender and development module for the Certificate in Economic Development for Fair Share and the School of Government.


Katrín Ólafsdóttir

Lecturer and Ph.D. student at the School of Education, Faculty of Diversity and Education, University of Iceland.

Her current research interests focus on gender, youth, sexuality and violence in intimate partner relationships


Sólrún María Ólafsdottir

The Icelandic Red Cross


Kristín I. Pálsdóttir

Project Manager at the Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference, University of Iceland (RIKK) and Spokeswomen for the Root, Association on Women and Addiction. 

Kristín has a BA in Spanish and Tourism, an MA in Editorship and Theory of Publication from the University of Iceland and a Professional Certificate in Women and Substance Use from University College Dublin.


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.

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.


Joni K. Seager

Professor and Chair of the Global Studies Department at Bentley University

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 (UNEP) 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. In addition, she has published many books, including the five editions of the award-winning The Women’s Atlas.


Hjálmar Sigmarsson

Counsellor for Stígamót, an Education and Counseling Center for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Violence


Thomas Brorsen Smidt

Project Manager and researcher, UNU-GEST

Dr. Brorsen Smidt has been teaching Module 1 of the UNU-GEST programme since 2010. He earned his PhD in gender studies from the University of Iceland in 2018 and is now research project manager with UNU-GEST.


Zilka Spahić-Šiljak

Dr.  Šiljak is deputy director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies at the University of Sarajevo. She holds a master's degree in human rights and democracy, jointly conferred by the University of Bologna and the University of Sarajevo, and a PhD in gender studies from the University of Novi Sad. As a research scholar and public intellectual, Šiljak also draws upon more than a decade of experience in the higher education and nongovernmental sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Randi W. Stebbins

Director, School of Education Writing Centre, University of Iceland.

Randi Stebbins, J.D., has over 10 years of experience working with communities on social justice dispute resolution, humanitarian law, and immigrant rights. She is currently the director of the Writing Centre at the University of Iceland School of Education, a teacher in the UNU – GEST program, a founding member of Ós Pressan and a volunteer peer counselor with W.O.M.E.N.


Flora Tietgen

Project assistant at UNU-GEST and the Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference, University of Iceland (RIKK)


Claudie A. Wilson

District Court Attorny, Legal counsel at Réttur - Aðalsteinsson & Partners.

District Court Attorney, received her master’s degree in law from Reykjavik University with an emphasis on international human rights law. She has further specialised in EU immigration and asylum law and policy with the Odysseus Academic Network at Université Libre de 2 Bruxelles (ULB). She has taught as a guest lecturer with the University of Iceland’s School of Business in the course Diversity Management. She is also a researcher, whose research includes equality, nondiscrimination and immigrant issues. She is an attorney at the law firm Réttur Aðalsteinsson & Partners where she specialises in human rights law, immigration and refugee law.