Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir

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Icelandic earth and sustainability scientist and activist, (1954- ), Iceland

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Areas of Specialization: Sustainability Science
Krístin Vala Ragnarsdóttir was born in Iceland. She is Professor of Sustainability Science with the Institute of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Sustainability Studies at the University of Iceland. She also served as the University of Iceland’s Dean of the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences from 2008 until 2012. Vala was the first woman to serve as Dean of a School at the University.

Ragnarsdóttir obtained her bachelor’s degree in 1979 from the University of Iceland, her master’s degree in 1981 from Northwestern University, and her PhD in 1984, also from Northwestern. Before returning to the University of Iceland, Ragnarsdóttir held the position of Professor of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Bristol in the UK.

In addition, Ragnarsdóttir is also Distinguished Fellow at the Bristol-based Schumacher Institute, former Vice President of the New Hampshire based Balaton Group, and Fellow of the London-based Academia Europeae, the Icelandic Academy, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Ragnarsdóttir’s research has primarily focused on evaluating natural resources in relation to the economy, and, more specifically, on determining structures and indicators for the wellbeing economy and for soil sustainability.

Ragnarsdóttir has authored or co-authored some 200 peer-reviewed journal articles.

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According to Wikipedia, Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir is an Icelandic Earth and sustainability scientist and activist who is a professor of Earth Sciences at the Faculty of- and Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland. She was the first woman to be a full professor in Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol, UK and at the same time the first woman to become a full professor in the Science Faculty there. She was also the first woman to serve as Dean of a School at the University of Iceland.

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