Welcome to the Faculty of Political Science
Political science has been taught at the University of Iceland since 1970. The first professor was Dr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, now president of Iceland. There are seventeen tenured lecturers at the faculty, a number of sessional teachers, and 650 students.
Faculty members conduct research in various fields, individually and in collaboration with other scholars, businesses or organizations. Main research areas are public administration and public management; voting and political parties; international affairs; the European Union and European integration; small states; contemporary security and defence policy; political psychology; democracy; gender studies; equality, etc.
The faculty collaborates with a variety of parties, both domestic and international. Collaboration between the University and the private and public sector is vital and greatly rewarding. Furthermore, the faculty works in close collaboration with the following institutions:
- Institute for Public Administration and Politics - a venue for discussion, research and education in Public Administration. The institute publishes a peer reviewed academic journal, the only one in the field in Iceland. The journal welcomes submissions in English and Icelandic - http://www.stjornmalogstjornsysla.is/
- Centre for Research on Diversity and Gender - a forum for research and education in the studies of human rights and discrimination; and equality, gender and diversity studies in a broad sense.
- Institute of International Affairs, the Centre for Small State Studies and the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies - a forum for academic relations and interdisciplinary research projects; thus contributing to research and education in the field of Arctic policy, small state studies, Icelandic foreign affairs and international politics in general. The institutes have published a number of books and papers and CSSS publishes a working paper series.
- The Small States Summer School - an intensive two week summer course bringing together some of the best scientists in the field of small state studies.
- The Social Science Research Institute - an academic and research institute within the School of Social Sciences.