Sir Christopher Pissarides holds the Regius Chair of Economics at the London School of Economics and the Chair of European Studies at the University of Cyprus. He also holds various other visiting positions, including the Helmut & Anna Pao Sohmen Professor-at-Large Chair at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He specialises in the economics of labour markets, economic growth and structural change, especially as they relate to policy towards unemployment, where his work has been especially influential. In the last decade he has worked extensively on the employment implications of new technology, automation, economic growth and the structural transformation, and in the economics of the Eurozone and the emergence of China as a global economic power. He is a regular keynote speaker on these topics in China and elsewhere. He has written extensively in professional journals, magazines and the press and his book Equilibrium Unemployment Theory is an influential reference in the economics of unemployment that has been translated into many languages.
Sir Christopher has been awarded several honours for his work, most notably the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics, jointly with Dale Mortensen of Northwestern University and Peter Diamond of MIT. Prior to that, in 2005, he became one of the first economists worldwide to win the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, sharing it again with his collaborator Dale Mortensen. He is an elected Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Athens, the Academia Europaea and several other learned societies, and he is a Lifetime Honorary Member of the American Economic Association. He has been honoured by several universities worldwide with honorary doctorates or professorships. His other awards include the Grand Cross of the Republic of Cyprus (2011), the Trinity College Historical Society Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse (2012) and the Kiel Institute Global Economy Prize (2015). In 2011 he was elected honorary citizen of his birthplace Nicosia. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2013.