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Sergio Nasarre

Director of the UNESCO Housing Chair

Sergio Nasarre Aznar (Tarragona, 1974) is Professor of Civil Law at Rovira i Virgili University and Director of its UNESCO Chair in Housing. He holds a European Doctorate in Law and a Master’s degree in Real Estate Economics from the University of Cambridge. Since 2008 he has been a Corresponding Academician of the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation.

He has been awarded the ICREA Award for Excellence in Research 2016-2020. Consultant to several international organisations such as the European Commission, the FAO and Amnesty International. Between 2018 and 2020 he was advisor to the German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community for the implementation of housing policies in Europe in its European Presidency in 2020.   

In 2020 and 2021, he was advisor to the foresight project “Spain 2050” of the Presidency of the Government. He has been an Alternate Magistrate in the Provincial Court of Tarragona for 15 years (2004-2018).   

He is the author of five books on housing, the mortgage market and tort law, the latest being “Los años de la crisis de la vivienda” (2020) and “La gran apuesta” (2021). He has coordinated nine more and is the author of 120 scientific papers in 12 countries, while he has given more than 220 lectures in 23 other countries. He has participated in the development of five housing-related standards.   

In addition, he is principal investigator or has been involved in more than 40 competitive research projects, including European Commission and European Parliament projects on tenancies, evictions and homelessness, transnational property acquisition, mortgage consumers and the collaborative economy.