The University of Iceland (UI) is Iceland‘s largest and oldest university, founded in 1911 and situated in the heart of Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. UI is a public higher education institution that falls under the auspices of Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. It offers opportunities for study and research in almost 400 programmes spanning most fields of science and scholarship: Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities, Education, Natural Sciences and Engineering. UI is one of the largest employers in the country. In addition to having fourteen thousand students enrolled, the university employs around thirteen hundred permanent staff and around two thousand external lecturers and temporary staff. The University operates an ambitious equality policy and has a strong set-up in terms of implementation.
Professor Þorgerður Einarsdóttir
Thorgerdur Einarsdottir is Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Iceland. She received PhD in Sociology from University of Goteborg in Sweden. She researches gender and labour market, women in academia, women in politics, gender equality policies and the feminist movement. Her most recent research areas are the gendered dynamics of the financial crises, and transgender issues.
Assistant Professor Gyda Margrét Pétursdóttir
Gyda Margrét Pétursdóttir is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Iceland. She received PhD in Gender Studies from University of Iceland. She researches gender, i.e. femininities and masculinities, gender relations and family responsibility, work cultures and gendered organizations. Her most recent research areas are the gendered dynamics of the financial crises in collaboration with Einarsdóttir, and emphasized and pariah femininities.