Christian NIELSEN

Christian Nielsen, Ph.d., is Professor at Aalborg University in Denmark and director of research at Business Model Design Center (BMDC). Since the establishment of this highly multidisciplinary research centre in 2011, over 300 companies ranging from local start-ups and SMEs
to multinationals with a global presence have seen the value of collaborating with BMDC. This is evidence of the cutting-edge research being produced at BMDC under Christian Nielsen’s leadership, which highlights multidisciplinary contributions that break away from traditional academic silos. The contributions of the rigorous scholarly research have led to published works in leading international
scholarly journals. This reflects the broad international research network of Christian which spans Europe, the US, Australia and Asia.


B.Arch. (2010) and MSc Arch. (2012), both from the University of Valladolid (Spain), where he participated as Construction Manager in the self-sufficient Urcomante Solar House project presented by the University of Valladolid to the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 competition.

Currently, and since 2012, he is working as European Project Coordinator at the Energy Division of CARTIF Technology Centre, and since 2016, as Associate Professor at the University of Valladolid

His research and teaching fields are in the framework of Smart Cities and Nearly Zero Energy Cities, focusing on energy performance improvement in new buildings and building/district renovation, Building Energy Performance Simulation (BEPS) tools and Building Information Modelling (BIM), addressing the gap of data interoperability. He participated in the coordination teams of the EU-FP7 funded BaaS (Building as a Service Ecosystem, and R2CITIES (Renovation of Residential Urban Spaces: towards nearly zero energy CITIES, projects. Currently he coordinates REMOURBAN (Regeneration Model for accelerating the smart urban
transformation,, and OptEEmAL (Optimised Energy Efficient Design Platform for Refurbishment at District
Level, EU-H2020 funded projects.

He was appointed a Visitor Researcher Fellowship at the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment at the Nottingham Trent University (2015), and has contributed to various congresses of national and international relevance related to sustainability and energy efficiency in buildings and cities.

He is also member of the Technical Committee for the Spanish Congresses on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings, and has participated as Advisory Member of the FP7 project OPTIMUS (Optimising energy use in cities through Smart Decision support systems).

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