Associate Professor Christian (Andi) Nygaard is a social economists and Research Theme Leader for New Ways of Urban Living. He has previously held research and teaching positions in the United Kingdom and Australia, most recently as a Co-Director of the International Centre for Housing and Urban Economics at the University of Reading, UK (2014-2017) where he also developed a transnational education programme in China.
His primary research interests are in the processes of urban change with focus on long-term neighbourhood dynamics; housing market efficiency and affordability; international migrants in housing, neighbourhoods and labour markets; political-economy and institutional drivers of governance adaptations in the provision of social housing, transition dynamics and industrial policy making in resource rich countries. These reserach areas are connected by the economic processes and social behaviours, such as persistence and path dependence; property rights and institutions; and, spatial social structures and social interactions, that inhibit and enable change.
Andi has led and participated in a number research projects for local authorities in the South East of England, the ‘European Integration Fund’, ‘South East Strategic Partnership for Migration’ (UK), ‘Department of Communities and Local Government’ (UK); and provided policy advice on local economic development and migration to South East authorities (UK). He is a Research Fellow of the ‘Centre for Euro-Asian Studies’ (UK); and a committee member of the Royal Statistical Society’s ‘Official Statistics Section’ and ‘Discussion Meeting Committee’. He is a former trustee (2014-2017) and Chair or Trustees (2016-2017) for the Reading Refugee Support Group (UK); and regularly hosted ‘Thames Valley Strategic Partnership for Migration’.