Education and Labour Markets

Elective Course | 4 ECTS | Námskeið: CRD 06

Kennari: Anna Guðrún Edvardsdóttir

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The course explores the characteristics of labour markets and education policies with a focus on regional development. Students will learn about the challenges regarding undiversified labour markets and the so called “brain drain” that rural and remote communities are confronted with. The role of (higher) education in remote settings will also be addressed. In exploring the interaction of higher education and rural developement a gendered perspective will be addressed.


Anna Guðrún Edvardsdóttir graduated with B.ed degree in 1987 and M.ED degree in educational administration in 2002 from the Icelandic Teacher College. In 2016 Anna Guðrún graduated with Ph.D degree in education science from the University of Iceland, School of Education.

Anna Guðrún worked as a teacher and a principal for years in a compulsory school in Bolungarvík, a small town in the Westfjords area. She has taught at secondary school level, university level and in adult education. Anna Guðrún worked as a project manager at the Westfjords Natural History Institute, a project manager in adult education at the Life-long Learning Centre in the Westfjords and a project manager in research activities at the University Centre of the Westfjords in 2004-2011.

Anna Guðrún has a considerable experience working in local council issues and was a member of the local council in Bolungarvík and officiate both as a chairman of the council´s board. From 2006-2011 Anna Guðrún was the chairman of the board of the Association of the Municipalities of the Westfjords, the Westfjords Marketing Office and the Economic Development Agency of the Westfjords.

Anna Guðrún works as an international coordinator and a researcher at Hólar University. She is also one of the members of RORUM ehf, which is a research and consulting company focusing on environment and rural development issues.