Sigrun Maria Kristinsdottir

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Sigrun Maria Kristinsdottir


Short Bio

Dr. Sigrún María Kristinsdóttir is a transdisciplinary sustainability social scientist with over twenty years’ experience of reporting and editing in Iceland and Canada. She currently works as the Project Manager of Public Participatory Democracy in Kópavogur, the second largest municipality of Iceland. There, she oversees public democratic projects aimed both at children and the general public. Prior to her work at Kópavogur, she worked for four years as a specialist at EFLA Consulting and Engineering company, where she conducted social research and environmental and social impact assessments. Prior to her Ph.D. studies, she worked as a professional journalist and an editor for nearly two decades, both in Iceland and in Canada's north.

Dr. Kristinsdóttir's research interests include social justice and sustainability, environmental impact assessments, social impact assessments, sustainable communities, public participation, public participatory democracy, social license to operate, World Cafés, online idea generation and deliberation platform that connects governments with citizens, and other methods of involving the public in governmental and company plans and decisions.


  • PhD, Environment and Natural Resources, University of Iceland
  • MA, Environment and Natural Resources, University of Iceland
  • BA, English Literature, University of Victoria


Kópavogur Municipality