Irma Erlingsdóttir is the Director of the United Nations University Gender Studies and Training Programme. As an Associate Professor at the University of Iceland, she also heads The Center for Gender Research (RIKK) and EDDA – Center of Excellence in Critical Contemporary Research. She has led several large-scale academic projects in the fields of gender studies, globalization, contemporary politics and critical theory. She studied at Sorbonne University, Vincennes University and Paul Valéry University in France. She has a Ph.D. from Sorbonne University, France.