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Born in Runvavík on the Island of Eysturoy in 1961. Upper secondary school, Føroyar studentaskúli og HF-skeið, Tórshavn. Lived in London 1977/1978 and in Denmark 1981-1985 & 1995-2002.

  • 1995 – 2001 University of Roskilde, Denmark Master of Social Science, International Development Studies & English
  • 2002 – 2003 Faroese Ministry of Culture and Education, Pedagogical education for teachers at vocational and upper secondary schools
  • Working languages: English, Danish and Faroese
  • Other languages: Norwegian and Swedish, basic knowledge of French
Career history
  • 2006 to date Research Center for Social Development, University of Faroe Island
     Centre attached to the University of the Faroe Islands specialising in research within the social sciences.

  • 2002 – 2006 Føroya Studentaskúli og HF-skeið, Tórshavn, upper-secondary school with about 60
     students aged between 15-19 years.

    Teacher of English and social science
     working with classes of up to 24 students.    Teaching up to educational level A in social science and level B in English. External co-examiner in social science, internal co-examiner in English.

  • 2005 Faroe Islands Trade Council, a government institution accountable to the Faroese Ministry of Trade and Industry. Leading consultant on adult education classes for women with micro-enterprises.

  • 2002 Niels Brock, Copenhagen Business College, provider of upper secondary education, higher education and a range of business programmes including vocational training.

    Teacher of adult education in marketing, English and international trade, teaching up to level B in English and level C in marketing and international trade as an optional subject. 

    Supervisor of school leaving projects.

  • 2001 Faroe Islands Trade Council, as above. Consultant advising on future contents and structure of information material, the Council’s website and the company register. Producing a marketing plan for a trade visit to Estonia.

  • 1998 - 2000 University of Roskilde, field work and internship as part of Master’s degree: 

    • 2000 Research in Hanoi and Saigon in Vietnam to investigate which factors impacted upon the absorption and exploitation of new technology introduced as a result of business co-operation. 
    • 1999 – 2000 Research in Denmark carrying out interviews with Danish enterprises involved in Danida’s private sector programme in Vietnam.
    • 1999 Internship with Wedge Projects, consulting engineers in Pretoria, South Africa. Review of a development programme for small and emerging construction contractors in the townships of the Greater Pretoria Region.
    • 1998 PRAESA, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Visits to schools in Cape Town and surrounding townships. Interviews with parents and teachers relating to language and education in South Africa.

  • 1990 – 1995 Tora Tourist Traffic, incoming travel agency on the Faroe Islands. Organizing incoming travel arrangements (groups and individuals).

  • 1987 – 1990 Com-Data, a computer company. Working in the sales and support department.
  • 2011 Article: Trímæltur gerandisdagur [a trilingual everyday life]. Frøði, 1/2011 [a Faroese magazine].
  • 2009 Invited lecture: Køn og politisk magt i de autonome områder [Gender and political power in the Nordic autonomous regions]. Gender and Power in the Nordic Countries. Reykjavik, 18-19 November 2009.
    Invited lecture: Køn og velfærd [Gender and Welfare]. Gender Equality in Legislation and Schools, the Nordic House, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, 3-4 June 2009. 
  • 2008 Paper: Language Attitudes among Schoolchildren in Post-colonial Situations.
    Sociolinguistic Symposium 17, Micro and Macro Connections. Amsterdam, 3 -5 April 2008.
  • 2007 Lecture: Female Migration from Rural to Urban Areas. Course on regional development at the Social Science Department, University of the Faroe Islands.
  • 2005 Newspaper-interview: Language and Education in Primary and Lower-Secondary Education on the Faroe Islands. Sosialurin, 11 Feb. 2005.
  • 2004 Invited Paper: Language Attitudes among Faroese Children in Primary and Lower-Secondary Education. Imagining Multilingual Schools: An International Symposium on Language in Education. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA, 30 Sep. – 02 Oct. 2004.
    Participated as panellist: Language and Democracy. The Faroese Language Committee and the Association of Teachers of Faroese. The Nordic House, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, 19 Mar. 2004.
  • 2003 Lecture: Language Barriers in International Business Co-operations. Course on globalisation and business development organised by TK-stovan, 100 Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.
    TV-interview: Language and Language Policies. Interview on Faroese TV. 06 Mar. 2003.
  • 2001 Convenor in workshop on Law as a Means to Development? Seminar on The Law and Development Complex. The Association of Development Researchers in Denmark (FAU). Gjerrild, Denmark, 1-3 March 2001.
Resarch grants
  • 2010 Grant from Nordplus Horizontal & the Nordic Culture Fund for the conference ‘Four or more  languages for all. Language policy challenges of the future.
  • 2009 Grant from Nordplus for organizing the conference ‘Four or more languages for all. Language policy challenges of the future.’
  • 2006 Grant from the Faroese Research Council. Research project on: Language Attitudes among Students in Post-Colonial Situations. A study on language attitudes among Faroese students in lower-secondary education.