Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttier - Curriculum Vitae#

  • BS Geochemistry and Petrology, University of Iceland (1979)
  • MS (1981) Geological Sciences and PhD (1984) Geochemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA.

Current position:
  • Professor of Sustainability Science, Sæmundur frodi Institute for Sustainable Development and Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland (2012- ). Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland (2008-2012)

EC Related Work:
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for FP7 Environment (including climate change (2006-2008))
  • Member of grant evaluation panels for EC since framework 4, for the European Space Agency, for NERC (UK) and for NSF (USA).

UK Related Sustainability Work:

Leader of Sustainability discussion groups in the city of Bristol (2005-2008) that laid the vision for the City Council for the Bristol green capital of Europe (short-listed 2009).

Recent Committees in Iceland:
  • Member of a number of committees for the Icelandic government that relate to sustainability and higher education (2008–pres.)


Author of over 100 scientific publications, book chapters and reports.

Current Research:
  • Sustainability Science. Focus is on natural resource availability, food security, soil sustainability and frameworks for sustainable communities
  • Systems dynamics studies of financial systems as well as systemic diseases

Journal Editorial Boards:

Current Associate Editor of Solutions, a journal that emphasizes solutions for sustainability. Associate Editor for eEarth (2006-2009), Geochemical Transactions (2000-2011), Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (1999-2002) and Chemical Geology (1996-2009).

Learned Societies Board Memberships:

Board member and Vice-President of the Balaton Group (2009-pres). Council member and Chair of Schumacher Society (2006-2011). Both have been working on sustainability issues for 30 years. Board Member for International Medical Geology Association (2004-2006), the Geochemical Society (1999-2001), the Geological Society of Great Britain (1999-2001) and the European Association for Geochemistry (1997-2000).

Prestigious Medal Committees:

Member of Urey Medal committee of the European Association for Geochemistry (2007-2011) and Member and Chair of Goldschmidt Medal committee of the Geochemical Society (1995-1998).
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