University of Edinburgh (B.Sc.(Soc.Sc.)(1967))
University of Lund, (M.S.Sc. (1970))
University of Lund, (fil.dr. (1996))
Professor of Sociology, University of Iceland.
Professor of Media and Communications, School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University (1996-1998).
Teaching and research interests:
Mass Communication Theory.
Children and Television.
Sociology of the professions and professionalism among mass communicators.
Current research project:
Children and Television in Iceland 1968-1997.
Other academic activities:
Visiting Scholar, Department of Telecommunication, Michigan State University, 1989.
Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, University of Lund, 1993, and 1994-1996.
Honorary Fellow, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fall 1998.
Some publications in English:
2000: "The Radio and Television System in Iceland." Radio and Television Systems in Europe. 2000/2001 Edition. Edited by the Hans Bredow-Institute for Radio and Television, Hamburg (221-226)
2000: "Performance of Public and Private Television in Iceland 1993-1999." Nordicom Review, 21(1) 101-142) (co-authors: Ragnar Karlsson, Hilmar Thor Bjarnason and Margrét Lilja Gudmundsdottir).
1999: “A Wasted Miracle? Literacy and the New Media” in Christa Lykke Christensen (ed.) Børn, unge og medier. Göteborg: Nordicom (175-191).
1998: "Iceland" in Josef Trappel (ed.) Balance between Rights and Obligations and Financial Resources of Public and Private Television. Study for the European Commission and ESA. Final Report. Köln: Prognos (137-184) (co-authors: Hilmar Thor Bjarnason, Ragnar Karlsson and Margrét Lilja Gudmundsdottir).
1997: "Mass Media in Iceland" (with Hilmar Thor Bjarnason). Media Trends 1997 in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.Göteborg: Nordicom, Göteborg University (55-66).
1996: Television in Time: Research Images and Empirical Findings Lund: Lund University Press.
1996: ""Favourite Country": The Development of Preferences Among Icelandic Youth 1968-1991" Journal of Behavoral and Social Sciences 1996(1):179-208.
1996: "Icelandic Television: The Demise of Mediaeval Pretensions," in Francesco Bono and Ib Bondebjerg (eds.) Television in Scandinavia: History, Politics and Aesthetics. London: John Libbey (pp. 70-90).
1995: The Image of Television: The Development of Three Research Perspectives. Lund Research Papers in Media and Communication Studies. Report No. 14 (53 pp).
1994: "The Sacred Side of Professional Journalism" ." European Journal of Communication, 9(3): 227-248.
1994: "Teaching in the Age of the Communications Revolution." Educational Media International 31(1): 9-15.
1991: "Icelandic Youth, Television and the Outside World." Educational Media International 28(3): 157-161.
1987: "News Diffusion of the Palme Assassination among Journalists in Iceland, Israel and the US." With Akiba A. Cohen, Walter Gantz and Bradley S. Greenberg. European Journal of Communication, 2(2): 211-226.
1987: "News Diffusion after the Assassination of a Neighbour." With Gustav Haraldsen, Elías Hédinsson, M. L. Kalkkinen and Erik Nordahl Svendsen. European Journal of Communication, 2(2): 171-184.
Publication in French:
"Système de radio et Télévision en Islande." Systèmes de radio et télévision en Europe Edition 2000/2001. Sous la direction scientifique de l'Institut Hans Bredow de la radio et télévision, Hambourg (233-239)
Publication in German:
"Das Rundfunksystem Islands." Internationales Handbuch für Hörfunk und Fernsehen 2000/2001. Baden-Baden: Hans-Bredow Institut /Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft (407-413).
Official committees and related activities:
Member of the steering committee of the Nordic Documentation Centre for Mass Communication Research (Nordicom) 1979-1996. Appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Chairman of the Icelandic Broadcasting Concessions Committee 1990-1993. Appointed by the Icelandic Parliament.
Chairman of a committee to prepare a media studies programme at several educational levels 1990. Appointed by the Minister of Culture and Education.
Member of the Nordic Consultative Committee on Cultural Cooperation (RKK) 1972-1984. Appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Chairman of a committee to do a feasibility study of journalism studies at the University of Iceland 1974. Appointed by the Minister of Culture and Education.
Last update: September 5, 2000