An independent centreRHA - The Research Centre of the University of Akureyri is an independent centre within the university. The centre receives some funding directly from the university but most of its income comes from research projects and consultations for companies, organisations, ministries and from domestic and foreign research grants. The centre’s main aim is to enhance the University of Akureyri's research capabilities and to strengthen its ties to the local and national economy. It also has the role of developing new projects within the university.
The researchers at the centre have diverse educational backgrounds and experience, including sociology, geography, economics, socio- and economic development, management and fisheries. They come from a variety of professional backgrounds, including local government, teaching, journalism, banks, ministries and institutions.
This enables the centre to engage in and support research projects that demand a highly cross-disciplinary approach within a diverse range of fields. Comparable institutions usually have a narrower focus.