Professor Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir

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Professor Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir is the Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the University of Iceland. She was a Professor of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Bristol, UK until 2008. Educated in geochemistry at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík (BSc) and at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (MS, PhD) she changed her focus a decade ago from Earth Sciences to cross-disciplinary Sustainability Science. From 2005-2008 she engaged with the citizen of Bristol in a series of Sustainability Café discussions to envision a sustainable city, and the outcomes of these conversations underpin many of the green actions in the city to this day. Her research pertains to sustainability in its widest context including nature protection, economics, society and wellbeing of citizen. Vala is also working on soil sustainability indicators for land-management and undertaking a comparative study of the relative fertility of conventionally versus organically managed land to ensure future food security. Her activities also include the establishment of a framework for a sustainable financial system, natural resource use and she is investigating the factors involved in complex multi-factoral disease development.

Vala was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Framework 7 Environment Programme from 2006-2008. She has been a member of grant research panels for the EC (Brussels), NERC (UK), NSF (USA) and ESA (Netherlands). Vala is a past Director of the Geochemical Society and was a member of the Board of the European Association for Geochemistry and the Geological Society of Great Britain. Prof Ragnarsdottir is an Associate Editor of Geochemical Transactions and past Associate Editor of Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta and Chemical. She is a current Guest Editor of Solutions. She was the chair of the Schumacher Society and is a current board member of the Balaton Group. She is a Scientific Adviser to Health Empowerment Through Nutrition and a Trustee of the Ecological Sequestration Trust. Examples of sustainability related publications are given here:

Ragnarsdottir K.V., Sverdrup H.U. and Koca D. (2011) Challenging the planetary boundaries I: Basic principles of an integrated model for phosphorous supply dynamics and global population size. Ninth International Symposium on the Geochemistry of the Earth´s Surface (GES-9), Boulder, Colorado, USA. Applied Geochemistry, 26, S303-304. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0883292711001673

Sverdrup H.U. and Ragnarsdottir K.V. (2011) Challenging the planetary boundaries II; Assessing the sustainable global population and phosphate supply, using a systems dynamics assessment model. Ninth International Symposium on the Geochemistry of the Earth´s Surface (GES-9), Boulder, Colorado, USA. Applied Geochemistry, 26, S307-310.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0883292711001685

Book chapter

Ragnarsdóttir K.V., Sverdrup H.U. and Koca D. (2011) Assessing Long Term Sustainability of Global Supply of Natural Resources and Materials. In C. Ghenai (ed.) Sustainable Development, in press. Intechweb publishers (www.intechweb.org ).