University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, Ph.D. in Disability Studies 2005
University of Sheffield, Sheffield UK, Research training, 2000
University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland, M.A. in Education 1999
University of Iceland, Reykjavík Iceland, B.A. in Education 1997


Professional experience

Chair of Disability Studies, University of Iceland, 2010-
Vice Director of the Research Center for Disability Studies 2006-
Associate Professor, Disability Studies, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Iceland, 2010-
Assistant professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Iceland 2004-2010
Adjunct, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Iceland 2003-2004
Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences University of Iceland 2000-2003
Lecturer University of Education in Iceland 2002-2003
Visiting Scholar in University of Sydney, Australia 2007
Visiting Scholar in University of Sheffield, UK 2011
Visiting Scholar in Brock University, Niagara Falls, Canada 2011
Study visit to Through the Looking Glass, Berkeley, CA, US 2011
Board of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences University of Iceland 2010
Scientific Committee of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, board member 2010 -2011
Board of the Disability Commission of the University of Iceland, 2010-
Board of Margaret and Bengt Scheving Private Research Grant Council University of Iceland 2010-


Courses tought at the University of Iceland

Disability in Contemporary Culture (MA/PhD)
Theories and Perspectives in Disability Studies (MA/PhD)
Disability, Self and Society (MA/PhD)
Qualitative Research Methodology I (MA/Ph.D)
Advanced Seminar in Qualitative Research (MA/PhD)
Introduction to Qualitative Reseach Methodology (BA)


Guest lecturer at:

University of Akureyri,

The Teachers University of Iceland,

Brock University Niagara Falls Canada,

University of Sheffield UK,

Sydney University Australia.

Membership of professional bodies

INDR, Icelandic Network on Disability Research. Founding member and board member since 2006.

NNDR, Nordic Network on Disability Research. Member since 2000

IASSID, SIRG (Special research interest group on parents and parenting) Executive committee member since 2010

IASSID, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability. Member since 2000.


Hagnýtingarverðlaun HÍ, 2 verðlaun 2011
Early Career Research Award, The Special Interest Research Group–Parents and parenting with intellectual disability 2008
IASSID (International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities) 13th World Congress, Cape Town, South Africa


Selected research grant

Research grant from the University of Iceland 2005-2011
Þórsteinssjóður 2011
Research grant from the Ministry of Social Affairs 2004
Research grant from the Icelandic research council 2000-2003