Erla Thrandardottir


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Fridays: 10am to 12pm 


Erla specialises in the legitimation of non-governmental authority.  

Her research focuses on the normative structure and empirical practice of NGO legitimacy drawing on David Beetham’s theory on legitimation of power.  

Currently Erla is working on research in the following areas: 

  • Localisation of global norms, in particular energy norms, and the role of non-state actors within these processes in shaping debates and uptake of global norms.
  • The role of trust in legitimation processes, including NGOs as trusted agents working with vulnerable groups in precarious situations.
  • Inclusion and exclusion of non-government organisations in Arctic governance processes.   

Units taught

Pathway Lead for Development Management

Convening 2022-2023: Planning and Managing Development (co-convened) and Development Fieldwork

Previously Convened/Lectured: Poverty and Development; Reconstruction and Development; Civil Society and Public Action

Previously Lectured/Tutored: Understanding Development Research; Development Fundamentals; Global Political Economy

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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