Policy Forum Pod

Pirates, politics & policy: Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir

Episode Summary

Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir, Professor of Sustainability Science at the University of Iceland, and a member of Iceland's Pirate Party talks to us about the global rise of anti-establishment politics and why we need new economic models for the 21st Century.

Episode Notes

What comes to mind when you think of Iceland? Maybe you think of a tiny population, sub-zero temperatures, and dramatic Arctic landscapes. Maybe, if you cast your mind back a few years, you think of Icelandic banks collapsing amidst the Global Financial Crisis, or mass protests following the Panama Papers scandal.

But what might not come to mind is the role Iceland is playing in some very big global debates. These are debates on the turn away from establishment politics, on impending environmental crises, on global inequality, and on the need for new economic models for the 21st Century.

In this episode, we talk to Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir, Professor of Sustainability Science at the University of Iceland, and member of Iceland's Pirate Party.