The Institute for Sustainability Studies

The aim of the Institute for Sustainability Studies (ISS) is to catalyze, facilitate and coordinate research to promote sustainable development, and address pressing problems of how to meet the needs of the present without adversely affecting future generations.

These challenges are rarely limited to single disciplines. They require an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on competence from various fields. As an interdisciplinary institute within the University of Iceland the ISS is in a key position to bring together experts from all disciplines within and outside the University

The ISS also contributes to the development of interdisciplinary graduate study programs in Environment & Natural Resources and Public Health Sciences. The ISS strives to promote public awareness and understanding of sustainable development through open lectures and conferences.

The University of Iceland adopted a Sustainability and Environmental Policy in 2012.



Dr. Hafdís Hanna Ægisdóttir


Gimli - 3rd floor, room 321
s. 525-4724


Lára Hrönn Hlynsdóttir

Project Manager

Gimli - 3rd floor, room 322



Myrra Leifsdóttir

Event management and communication



The Steering committee of the ISS has representatives from all five schools of the University.

The Chairman of the Committee is Magnús Þór Torfason, School of Social Sciences. 

Other committee members:

Deputy committee members:

  • Ásdís Bjarnadóttir
  • Magnús Karl Magnússon
  • Guðmundur Jónsson
  • Allyson Macdonald
  • Árný Erla Sveinbjörnsdóttir

Iceland was among the first signatories of the Paris agreement, and currently strives to develop to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Iceland is blessed with a sparsely populated land as well as  abundant natural energy and marine food resources. All require careful science based management.

The interdisciplinary position of the Institute for Sustainability Studies (ISS) fascilitates collaboration across Schools and Faculties at the University. The ISS provides a venue for research, education and implementation of sustainability initiatives as well as a portal through which the University´s varied competence can be accessed.

The ISS catalyzes, facilitates and coordinates research projects to promote sustainable development nationally and internationally, works with decision makers and authorities at all levels, and promotes public awareness and understanding through open debate,  lectures and conferences.


University of Iceland, Gimli 321

The Director of the ISS is Dr. Hafdís Hanna Ægisdóttir 

  • Tel. +354 525 4724
  • Mobile +354 6603525
  • E-mail: hafdishanna (at)