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Dr Sigurbjörg Sigurgeirsdóttir

Sigurbjörg (Silla) Sigurgeirsdóttir is currently a Lecturer of Public Policy and Governance at the Department of Political Science, University of Iceland.

Dr Sigurgeirsdóttir has a diverse professional background including roles in administration, teaching, strategic policy advice and freelance policy analysis and consultancy.

Dr Sigurgeirsdóttir’s roles in administration include Director of Services for the Elderly at the Social Services Department in Reykjavik from 1989-1999 and an active member of policy committees and working parties working on policy proposals, research and development in elderly care policy at the Ministry of Health and Social Security in Iceland (1990-1999). 

Teaching positions include Lecturer in Gerontology at the University of Iceland (1991-1996) and teacher of Social Policy at the London School of Economics where she also worked as a special adviser and assistant to Professor Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy.

In 2004 Dr Sigurgeirsdóttir carried out consultancy work for the World Bank on the re-organisation of health and social care for the elderly in Hungary and Montenegro, and during 2007-2008 worked for the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Iceland and the Minister of Health. She has also been a member of various networks and committees including the Network of Policy Experts working for the EU Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and later EU Directorate-General of Justice (2009-2011), Working Party appointed by the Prime Minster of Iceland (2010), and OECD team of policy analysts carrying out a public governance review for Estonia.

Currently, Dr Sigurgeirsdóttir is writing a review of the Icelandic Health Care System (Iceland HiT) to be published early next year (2013) by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.