Reader in Nursing, Director of Centre for Person-centre Reseach, Deputy Head Division of Nursing and Paramedic Science


Dr Erna Haraldsdottir is the Deputy Head of Queen Margaret University's Nursing and Paramedic Science Division.

I have worked in palliative care since the late 1980s. I was instrumental in developing and setting up a palliative care service within the National Health Care system in Iceland between 1990 and 2000. I have extensive experience and knowledge in person-centred palliative care, and I have for number of years led person-centred practice development, education and research in hospice and palliative care in partnership with Queen Margaret University. I have served on a number of development groups in relation to palliative care education and research and have published widely in palliative care research journals. I have has also taken part in developing and delivering national and international teaching programmes in palliative care including Iceland, the UK, Serbia, Uganda and India.


Affiliations to other organisations: 

  • Lothian Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee (LANMAC)
  • NHS Lothian Clinical Academy Partnerships
  • NHS Lothian NMAHPPS Strategic Research Steering Group
  • Person-centred International Community of Practice (ICoP)
  • SIGMA, Global Nursing Excellence

My research interest and activities are in person-centred palliative care. I have undertaken several research projects within this area.


Active research interests:

  • Use of Virtual Reality in Palliative Care
  • Development of Person-centred Culture and Practice in Hospice Care
  • Clinical Research within Palliative and End of Life Care
  • Palliative and End of Life Care in Care Homes
  • Development of Person-centred Research Methodology and Methods
  • Care of People with Dementia in Acute Hospital Settings  


Research Methods:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Person-centred Research Methodology and Methods
  • Ethnography 

I Supervise Doctoral students undertaking person-centred research, and I facilitate international programme for doctoral students undertaking person-centred research (SICoP) I am a module lead for 2 person-centered modules within the MSc Person Centred Practice Framework, Theory and Practice in Person-centredness and Leadership in Person-centredness.