Dr. Sigrún María Kristinsdóttir

Project Manager of Public Participatory Democracy

Kópavogur Municipality, Iceland

Dr. Sigrún María Kristinsdóttir is a transdisciplinary sustainability scientist with social science background and twenty years’ experience of reporting and editing in Iceland and Canada. She works as the Project Manager of Public Participatory Democracy in Iceland’s second largest municipality, Kópavogur.

Kópavogur is implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development goals for the city, including goal 16.7 that encourages among other things inclusive decision-making within municipalities. Sigrún María oversees deliberative democracy projects in the municipality. These include a successful online participatory budgeting project that takes funding decisions to 30,000 citizens and distributes 200 million ISK to their chosen projects. In addition, she oversees interactive websites where the public is encouraged to participate in implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in the municipality of Kópavogur, as well as in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the municipality.

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Involving the public: the Icelandic experience

Kópavogur, the second largest municipality in Iceland, is implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development goals for the city. Hear how Kópavogur is working towards goal 16.7 and inclusive decision-making by using a successful online participatory budgeting program, taking funding decisions to 30,000 citizens and distributing 200 million ISK to their chosen projects.