Gestur Hovgaard holds a Ph.D. from Roskilde University. Currently he is an associate professor in social science at the University of the Faroe Islands, and director of studies. Before this, he has been a researcher at Centre for Local and Regional Development (the Faroes), and an associate professor in business administration at Roskilde University.  Much of his work is centered on local and regional development issues, especially in a West Nordic and Faroese context. His recent research focuses on educational planning and work related mobility.