Sjöfn Vilhelmsdottir

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Sjöfn Vilhelmsdottir


Short Bio

Sjöfn is the Director of GRÓ LRT. Her research background includes areas of political trust, social capital, and democracy, as well as gender and development. Sjöfn has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of international development, working both in Africa and in Iceland for governmental and non-governmental organisations. She served as the Director of the Institute of Public Administration and Politics with the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland, from 2015 to 2020. Sjöfn has been part of the GRÓ LRT team since 2008, first as a lecturer, supervisor, and member of the academic committee before becoming the Director in 2020. As the GRÓ LRT Director, Sjöfn is responsible for the strategic direction of the programme, and administration of its activities.


  • PhD, Political Science, University of Iceland
  • MA, International Studies, University of Denver
  • BA, Political Science, University of Iceland