Sigrún Ólafsdóttir is a Professor at Faculty of Social and Human Sciences. Sigrún’s research is at the intersection of politics, culture and health, with an emphasis on cross-national research. In her work, she is primarily interested in understanding how larger institutional arrangements, cultural traditions and historical trajectories impact individual outcomes and attitudes.
For example, she has looked at how the health care system and the welfare state impact health outcomes and health inequalities; how and why mental health has been medicalized in advanced, industrialized nations; and variation in stigma toward mental illness across the globe. She has published her research in journals including American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology, European Sociological Review, Journal of Health and Social Behavior and Social Science and Medicine.