Stefan Olafsson has been a tenured academic at the University of Iceland since 1980 and a professor of sociology since 1991. He was educated at Edinburgh University and Oxford University (Nuffield College). Stefan became the first director of the University´s Social Science Research Institute in 1985 and served for 14 years until 1999. From 2000 to 2005 he was the director of the University´s Urban Studies Institute and presently he directs a Research Center for Social Studies (RCSS) within the Social Science Research Institute. E-mail: