Public Policy

Course: CRD 10

Instructor: Jóhanna Gísladóttir

Course Catalog Description

About the Course

The aim of the course is to provide students with both theoretical and practical insights on the public policy process with an emphasis on coastal communities. We will spend time on how issues get on the agenda or disappear from it, the role of different actors in the process and how problem definition affects the public policy proces. Students will get training in analysing different policy options, as well as gain insights into implementation and accountability challenges.

I prefer teaching in an interactive setting, so I put an emphasis on discussing the material with my students. In addition to reading academic text, doing assignments and taking part in the lectures, students will go on a field trip.

Instructor

I am in the final year of my PhD studies, where I am pursuing a joint degree from the Environment and Natural Resources Program, Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland, and Physical Geography, University of Stockholm. My research interests include public policy analysis, corruption in natural resource sectors, environmental politics and sustainability. I love hiking and spending time in the outdoors.

I have ties to the Westfjords, so I have been fortunate enough to visit the area before. I spent a week there during the summer and cannot wait to be back there for teaching. I am planning a week-long graduation trip to Hornstrandir next summer, which I consider to be the ultimate way to celebrate!