Erla Hlín Hjálmarsdóttir
Head of Research, the United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (UNU-GEST)
Ms. Erla Hjálmarsdóttir (MPA, PgD) holds the position of Head of Research at the United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (UNU-GEST). She is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Iceland. Hjálmarsdóttir´s current research is focused on performance management, M&E, rural water supply, governance, development and gender.
She was an adjunct lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland 2010-2015. Her professional career outside of academia has ranged from evaluation work and consulting to tour guiding and managing an employment agency. Ms. Hjálmarsdóttir also worked as a Senior Auditor at the Icelandic National Audit Office. From 2000 through 2006 she served as the Planning Officer, Administrative Support Services Officer and Deputy Department Head for administration at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Keflavik. Erla was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for outstanding professional performance and the Icelandic Presidential Award for innovative research.